Worcestershire County Museum

Worcestershire County Museum
Hartlebury Castle
DY11 7XZ






01299 250416


01299 251890

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Worcestershire County Museum is housed in historic Hartlebury Castle, home to the Bishops of Worcester for 1000 years.

Venue Type:

Museum, Castle or defences

Opening hours

10:00am - 5:00pm, Tuesday to Friday 11:00am- 5:00pm, Weekends & Bank Holidays.

Closed Mondays

Admission charges

Adults £4.50
Children & Concessions £2.25 Family Ticket £12 (2+2)


  • Museums Association

Collection details

Archaeology, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Land Transport, Social History, Toys and Hobbies

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Wigs, Waiscoats & Wild Behaviour

Wigs, Waiscoats & Wild Behaviour

  • 1 December 2014 — 24 February 2015 *on now

Find out about the elegant fashions, extravagant taste and wild behaviour of the Georgians. See beautiful examples of costume, home furnishings, books and other items from the Georgian era. Get involved by designing your own Georgian library or trying a Georgian make over, but remember beauty is in the eye of the beholder...

Original objects on display include the pelmet from a bed custom made for Prince George's visit to the Castle, a pair of rare and fascinating library globes from 1740, a beautifully illustrated botanical book from Bishop Hurd's Library and a stunning, but delicate, Sedan Chair.

To illustrate the Georgian's obsession with taking tea there is also a display of Worcester-made 18th century Royal Lily design porcelain, chosen by Queen Charlotte for her personal breakfast service.

This is also a rare chance to see some of the older items in the Museum's costume collection (1760s-1780s) which are usually in store. These include brocade gowns and embroidered bodices, silk waistcoats and a richly decorated man's court suit as well as a selection of accessories and sewing materials.