major part of the collections is housed within the Shropshire
Museums Resource Centre in Ludlow, co-located with the public
The collections are an important resource, locally, nationally
and, in the case of the fossils, internationally. They are
regularly used by schools, universities and individual
The Museums Service Mission Statement is as follows: "We develop
and sustain museums and collections which offer people
imaginative quality opportunities to actively engage with
Shropshire's heritage in a way which meets their needs as an
individual or community."
Shropshire Museums Resource Centre at Ludlow was designed and
built in 2003 to provide not only storage and care for the
majority of the Services’ collections but also to include
dedicated rooms for education, supervised research, and
conservation. The purpose of these is to allow material to be
requested from our collection stores and studied in an
appropriate space where equipment for studying these materials,
for instance petrological and binocular microscopes and a
specialist library. Alternatively, researchers are permitted to
work in store if accompanied by a member of curatorial staff.
Access itself is arranged by appointment with the curator,
either in person or by phone, letter or email.