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Our collections demonstrate continuous occupation across the local area from the Palaeolithic Period to the present day.  Items include finds from a Bronze Age lake site and Neolithic tools. 

We hold material relating to prehistoric and Roman burials and a Roman Fort.  Medieval castles and abbeys survive as significant monuments in Monmouthshire and they are reflected in our collections, some of which are housed in the castles at Abergavenny and Caldicot. 

Neolithic Tools
Neolithic Tools
Roman Pottery
Roman Pottery

Tintern and the Lower Wye Valley were sites of early industrial developments from the 16th – 19th centuries and were popular destinations for artists and tourists from the late 18th century.  We have a strong collection of art work relating to this from the 18th and 19th centuries. 

We hold the only known example of an original 16th century Monmouth Cap.  Our costume collection also includes an 18th century open robe, a Banyan – a gentleman’s dressing gown, other fine examples of men’s clothing and a full Regency female wedding outfit.  The collection is particularly strong in women’s costume of the late 19th century and the 1920’s.

All of the museums hold a range of material from the, 18th 19th and 20th century. World War 1 had a massive impact on the lives of people everywhere and changed the shape and development of places like Chepstow dramatically, this is reflected in the collections.

16th Century Monmouth Cap
16th Century Monmouth Cap
Unveiling of the Chepstow War Memorial
Unveiling of the Chepstow War Memorial

We have a wide ranging photographic collection from the 19th and 20th century which document not just the disappeared but the developing townscapes and landscapes of our county.