The museum houses a unique collection of carved stonework which ranges from the Saxon to the late medieval period. This includes a rare statue of the St Gregory Mass (currently undergoing conservation), and several elements of a finely carved altar reredos. The carved head of a queen discovered in the 2019 excavations is on display.

We also have an extensive collection of medieval floor tiles, featuring a wide range of designs featuring animals, family coats of arms and floral designs.

Recently we have worked on a collection of about 3,000 pieces of medieval glass, the best pieces of which are now on display. Other objects include metalwork, domestic pottery and personal items such as a Kimmeridge jet rosary bead excavated as part of the SAVED project in 2019.

Researchers are welcome to contact the museum for special access to study the collections.

Carved Stonework
Medieval Floor Tiles
Medieval Glass
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Shaftesbury Abbey Museum & Garden
Park Walk,

Tel: 01747 852910


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