Collections


The Merchant's House is an active collector of objects which reflect and enhance our interests and activities.

The Thomas Bayly collection has been formed to furnish the House to the appearance of a middle class family in around 1680. Apart from the furniture, domestic artefacts reflect many aspects of 17th century life from leisure (music, drinking, and smoking) to cooking and domestic affairs, to religion and business activities.

The Marlborough collection is an ever-growing assemblage of items which were produced in or refer to the town of Marlborough and its surrounding villages. Our time span covers the medieval to post World War II period. We already hold 18th century clocks, silverware, farming implements and smocks, and a considerable specialist group of bells made in Aldbourne - a village with a nationally important bell foundry until the early 19th century.

Photographs, prints, paintings and documents relating both to the 17th century and to Marlborough and the surrounding district. The images are a valuable record of the changes which have taken place over the centuries.