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Our Collection


Artworks

There are 650 oil paintings by Sir Alfred Munnings in the museum’s collection and 50 watercolours making it the largest collection of his work in the world. A significant number of these are sketches and preparatory works.

The museum also owns 54 sketchbooks containing around 3,000 drawings by Munnings and another 1,000 loose drawings done on paper, race cards, menus and other scraps of paper that Munnings had to hand.

Much of the collection was given in trust by Lady Munnings in 1966. An additional 28 paintings were bought by the trustees between 1973 and 1984 and include favourites such as
Path to the Orchard (1908) and Tagg’s Island (1919).

There are small number of pictures on long and short term loan from private lenders.

Archive

The archive consists of over 7,000 items including photographs, letters, manuscripts, exhibition catalogues, journals and other ephemera.



Furniture

Munnings collected furniture from an early age from dealers in Norfolk and Suffolk. Some of the furniture on display dates back to, at least, the 17th century. The museum also owns personal items and items of clothing which are too delicate to display currently.

The Studio

Was originally purchased and erected by Munnings for use as a studio at his uncle’s farm in Swainsthorpe, Norfolk.
It was dismantled in 1919 and brought to Castle House, by train and cart, where it was re-erected.