Museum Collection Policy

We will acquire items originating from, used in or with connections to Malmesbury and the surrounding area. The geographical collecting area includes the areas administered by the following parish councils:

Alderton, Brinkworth, Brokenborough, Charlton, Crudwell, Dauntsey, Easton Grey, Foxham, Garsdon, Great Somerford, Hankerton, Hullavington, Lea & Cleverton, Little Somerford, Littleton Drew, Luckington, Malmesbury, Minety, Norton, Oaksey, St. Paul Malmesbury Without, Sherston Magna, Sopworth, and West Port St. Mary.

The museum will not normally collect archaeological material. All offers of archaeological material will be directed to the Wiltshire Heritage Museum in Devizes in the first instance as the repository for archaeological finds in this area. The museum will not normally acquire biological and geological specimens.

The museum will not normally accept loans, except for the purposes of temporary exhibitions and for a short defined period.


Athelstan museum follows the Museum Association’s Code of Practice for Museum Governing Bodies and the advice given in their Guidelines on the Ethics and Practicalities of Acquisition and Disposal.
The museum’s policy follows the guidance laid down by the Arts Council England.

Any offers to the collection are considered by the FOAM Council. If you would like to donate an item to the museum please write to the museum and include as much detail about the provenance of the item as well as the size and condition (a photograph would be even better!)


FOAM Council will ensure that the disposal process is carried out openly and with transparency. By definition, the museum has a long-term purpose and holds collections in trust for society in relation to its stated objectives. The governing body therefore accepts the principle that sound curatorial reasons for disposal must be established before consideration is given to the disposal of any items in the museum’s collection.

Any decision to dispose of an item in the collection will be made by the FOAM Council, and the guidance laid down by the Museums Association and the Arts Council England will be followed.