Decorative arts

This gallery shows how the decorative arts reflect style through the ages, beginning in the year 1400 and continuing right up to the present day.

The objects, which include metalwork, pottery and textiles, tell many stories, and many different factors affect their appearance – historical, technical, aesthetic, political and personal.

Norwich, the second city of England until the late 18th century, played an important role in the development of the decorative arts and their manufacture. Many products of lasting national and international significance, especially textiles and silver, were made here.

This and the adjacent Treasure, Trade and the Exotic Gallery also act as a gateway to the decorative art collections in our other Norwich museums – Strangers’ Hall and the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell.

Visit the Norfolk Museums Collections website to search our collections.