The archaeology collection has circa 200 items including local pre-historic worked stones and axes.
The bulk of the collection comprises of local pre-historic worked stones and axes, including examples from the Langdale Axe Factory sites, showing techniques from rough-outs to highly polished axes, and settlement patterns in the area. The pre-history collection also includes a small number of bronze items.
The Roman collection is mainly ceramic in nature, from Samian to lower wares from different local sites, and a few unprovenanced coins. The Medieval collection is also ceramic in nature from key local sites such as Lords Island, seat of the Earls of Derwentwater, except for a recently acquired lead seal.