The archaeology collection is dominated by the Tripontium collection, which was excavated by members of Rugby Archaeological Society over a forty year period from the Roman site located 5 miles from Rugby along the original Watling Street. This collection is divided into two specific collections. The first part is a collection of significant finds, which is on loan to Rugby Art Gallery & Museum for the purpose of display and was a key part of the museum’s development when first opened in 2000. The second part is the bulk finds which were donated to the permanent collection and is largely in storage. Prior to moving to Rugby Art Gallery & Museum in 2000 the collection was housed at Warwickshire County Museum.
In 2008 Rugby Art Gallery and Museum became an established archaeological depository for excavated material. 

Archaeological Archives and Deposition

Since 2008 Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has also been a repository for collections and archives resulting from excavations and fieldwork taking place within the town of Rugby and the immediate surrounding parishes. 

Download the current Archaeological Archives Deposition Guidelines & Charging Policy


What to do if you find an archaeological object

The Portable Antiquities Scheme is a voluntary scheme which records archaeological objects found by members of the public. Every year thousands of objects are found, mostly by metal detector users, but also by members of the public when gardening or walking.

Finds recorded with the Scheme help advance knowledge of the history and archaeology of England and Wales.
If you find an object, please get in touch with the Warwickshire Finds Liaison Officer.

Information for archaeology units about deposition of archaeology archives

Please contact us before work commences providing a grid reference and site name so you can be issued with a temporary accession number.

The fieldwork should fall within the geographical boundaries of the town of Rugby or the following parishes: Clifton upon Dunsmore, Newton and Biggin, Churchover, Cosford, Easenhall, Harborough Magna, Little Lawford, Long Lawford, Church Lawford, Kings Newnham and Dunchurch.