The decorative art collection consists of around 2000 items including ceramics, textiles, metalwork, musical instruments and furniture dating from around 1564 to the present day.

Special strengths include:
 
Eighteenth and nineteenth century English porcelain including Chelsea, Derby, Worcester.
  
Art pottery including William De Morgan and Martin Brothers.
 
Simpsons of Kendal furniture
 
Andrea Amati violin, about 1564
  

Objects in this collection