Norton Priory is the most excavated monastic site in Europe. Still surviving is the 12th Century Undercroft in which all 900 years of its history can be seen, from the fabulous medieval vaulting, to Georgian wine bins and decorative Victorian tiles.
The site was extensively excavated in the 1970s and 80s and today the results of this work can be seen and explored in the footprint of the ruins of the monastic complex.
The museum hosts a huge collection of archaeological material discovered during the course of the excavations. These collections include one of the most important and extensive medieval floor tile collections in the UK, intricately carved sculpture, human remains, metalwork and leather. Our two exhibition galleries use the incredible array of items found at the site to bring the story of Norton’s past to life, with the first floor gallery offering views over the ruins.
Following redevelopment in 2016, thanks to a £3.9m HLF grant, the museum now features a range of interactive displays which explore the history of Norton, its people and their lives, as well as looking at how our collection of human remains is playing a part in developing modern medicine’s understanding of Paget’s disease of bone.