Ingenious Objects

Ingenious Objects

This year we're celebrating the ingenious people, objects and historic places that have shaped the world we live in today.

We're shining a light on some of the ingenious objects that we care for at our historic places across the country and have put together a handy map to help you find them. 

We also asked members of the public to pick their favourite invention from history. The answers ranged from sewers to tea bags, lightbulbs to the internet - and now we're asking the nation to choose a winner - don't miss the chance to cast your vote.

Follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram and use the hashtag #Ingenious to share your stories with us.


Here's a small selection of some of the fascinating objects on display at our historic places across the country, but there are plenty more to discover.

Find a place to visit and uncover more artefacts that tell the story of England.

  • Cup of tea

    Cast your vote

    We asked members of the public to pick their favourite invention from history. Now we're asking you to help choose a winner.

  • More

    Find Out More

    Discover more information about our collection of ingenious objects on show at our properties this summer.

  • Share

    Share your favourite ingenious objects with us using the hashtag #ingenious

Objects in Action

From Neolithic crafts to recipes cooked in a Victorian kitchen, watch as objects from the past come to life in the hands of skilled creators.

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Discover Our Collections

At any one time we have around 100,000 artefacts on display across our historic places. Explore samples of our vast collections below and get a taste of what we have on offer before you decide to visit in person.

You can also go behind the scenes at two of our collection stores to find out more about the objects in our care, and how we meet the challenges of caring for them. Find out more about visiting the Wrest Park Archaeological Collections Store or the Helmsley Archaeology Store in Yorkshire.

  • Stonehenge

    Spend a whole day in history by exploring the unique collections housed at the Salisbury and Wiltshire Museums before heading to one of the world's most iconic monuments – Stonehenge.

  • Collections at Apsley House

    Apsley House

    Apsley House is filled with a huge range of priceless artefacts, including rare paintings, silver centrepieces and incredible examples of sculpture.

  • Collections at Kenwood


    Kenwood's collection includes sculpture, furniture and jewellery as well as internationally renowned paintings by artists including Rembrandt, Vermeer, Van Dyck, Gainsborough and Reynolds.

  • Collections at Chesters Roman Fort and Museum

    Chesters Roman Fort

    The Clayton Collection at Chesters Roman Fort houses a wide range of objects, inscriptions and sculpture - with an especially diverse range of Roman religious material.

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