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Victorian Gallery

Relax amidst the splendour of our Victorian Gallery and admire the paintings, decorative art and fine art. The gallery is hung to replicate the galleries of the Victorian era, packed with paintings, sculpture and objects from the museum collection.

All of our oil paintings can be viewed online on the BBC Your Paintings website.

Find out more about the history of the Victorian Gallery →

Pilkington’s Ceramic Collection

Holding the largest collection in the UK, the exhibition showcases some of the best pieces. Find out more about the company and what you can see in the exhibition.

By Hand Gallery

Launched in 2013, By Hand was established to showcase the work of talented local designer-makers. The ground floor shop area features work by selected craftspeople and includes jewellery, ceramics and textiles. Works are available to purchase and take away on the day.

Our first floor By Hand print and card shop showcases work by local independent makers. Works are affordable, high-quality and contemporary.

With work refreshed every six months, there is a changing range of items available from a selection of makers.

If you are a local designer, or know someone who would be interested in selling their work through By Hand you can complete an application form at the top of this page. Artists are selected on a six-monthly basis.

View our temporary exhibitions in our other galleries →

“The Victorian Gallery was magical. I has such a good time and would highly recommend going.”