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Museum Collection 2018-09-21T16:51:45+00:00

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Museum Collection

Hall Place & Gardens is responsible for the care and management of Bexley’s extensive museum collection, comprising over 50,000 objects. The collection is diverse ranging from natural history, geology and archaeology to costume, art works and furniture. Many of these objects can be seen when exploring the house but a selection is included below.

Paintings from the Bexley Museum Collection can also be viewed via the Art UK website.

Contact our Collections Manager for more information – email or telephone 01322 526574

Hall Place & Gardens also works closely with Bexley Local Studies and Archive Centre in Bexleyheath who deal with historical paper records. If you would like to trace the history of your family, house, street, district, famous Bexley people, landmarks or events they provide advice and support.

Visit their website or telephone 020 8303 7777

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Zoomorphic Brooch

This zoomorphic brooch in the shape of a running horse is decorated with roundels of blue and red enamel. One would be worn on each shoulder as dress fastenings; it was discovered as part of the grave goods of a Roman burial found in Bexley

Gargoyle

This gargoyle was found in the North East Wing of Hall Place in 1988. Such fragments from ecclesiastical buildings found within the walls of Hall Place show that much of the stone used to build the Tudor house was reclaimed.

Tile from Lesnes Abbey

During the medieval period decorated floor tiles began to appear in religious and secular buildings. Lead glazes enabled five colours to be used, brown, yellow, light green, dark green and near black. Patterns were formed on the red clay tiles using a white clay slip. A number of patterned tiles have been recovered from Lesnes Abbey.

Elizabethan Sixpence

By the time Elizabeth I came to the throne in 1558 new forms of currency were in use including the sixpence. This sixpence shows a bust of Elizabeth I with a Tudor Rose. It was one of the first English coins to bear a date, 1584, which appears on the reverse.

Front door key to Hall Place

The key for the front door was cheekily removed as a souvenir in 1944 by Ervine Meierhoff, an American soldier stationed at Hall Place during World War II. Ervine returned the key in 1972 on a visit to the UK.