Collection Care & Transport service

We’re fortunate to have 4 professional curators who are experts in their subjects with many years of experience looking after museum and historic house collections. 

Our Curators

(From left to right)

Will Phillips – Keeper of Social History 

Will’s areas of interest within the museum’s wide-ranging social history collections include costume and textiles, traditional crafts.

Mel Czapski – Keeper of Art  

At the museum she specialises in English art and artists connected to Buckinghamshire such as John Nash, Clare Leighton and John Piper as well as British studio ceramics from 20th century.

Mike Palmer – Keeper of Geology and Natural History

Brett Thorn – Keeper of Archaeology 

Collection Care

We currently look after several collections belonging to other heritage organisations at the Resource Centre, which has full environmental controls in the stores. 

Please contact the Museum Director on if  you are interested in discussing how Bucks Museum can help look after your collections in our stores.

Archaeological Deposits

We are the standard repository for all archaeological archives from across the county of Buckinghamshire (not including the Milton Keynes Council unitary authority area). 

The new cost for this is £105 +VAT per unit (bulk archive box, small finds box, paper archive box, plan roll).

The new charges are effective immediately, but any units that have already agreed deposition dates for specific sites, or registered an intent to deposit with the Keeper of Archaeology, but are awaiting a confirmed date, will be able to deposit at the old rate, until the end of 2023. If you believe this to apply in your case, please do contact the Keeper to confirm, otherwise you will be charged at the new rate.

The new rate will automatically increase by 5% (subject to annual review), from 1st April each year.

New space for previously unbooked deposits will be available from November 2023.

Any sites that are within the Milton Keynes unitary authority area will now be dealt with by Milton Keynes Museum. If a site has been previously notified to us, you may still use our accession number that was issued, when depositing at Milton Keynes Museum, but any new sites will have accession numbers issued by Milton Keynes Museum, not Discover Bucks Museum.

Discover Bucks will continue to issue accession numbers, and accept archives for all sites not within the MK authority area.

Visit the Stores (currently closed)

Collections are stored at our Halton Resource Centre and when all restrictions have been lifted groups of up to 20 people can book to visit Halton for a paid tour of the stores and highlights of the collections led by our professional curators. 

Exhibitions Officer and Van Hire

We have an experienced Exhibitions Officer and a van equipped for transporting heritage artefacts of all kind, which can be hired to help you move your artefacts.

Please contact the Museum Director on to discuss services and prices.

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