The South Asia Collection museum, located in the heart of Norwich, is dedicated to recording,
conserving and promoting the traditional arts, crafts and cultures of India and Pakistan,
and adjacent countries such as Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Burma, Thailand, Indonesia and Central Asia

Current Exhibitions


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The South Asia Collection Shop

A shop stocking handmade textiles and furnishings from South Asia, managed by Country and Eastern, who have over forty years of experience working with craftspeople in the region.

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Our Historic Building

The South Asia Collection is housed in a restored Victorian roller skating rink in the centre of Norwich, only a hundred metres from the market place. The building is a Grade II listed architectural gem, with a dramatic arched wooden roof.

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Sahaj: Vernacular Furniture of Gujarat

A new book from the collaborative Vernacular Furniture of N-W India project, co-authored by Mitraja Bais, Jay Thakkar, Samrudha Dixit and Ben Cartwright. Sahaj focuses on vernacular furniture in Gujarat from c.1900 to the present. 

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Our Story

The South Asia Collection began with the journeys of Philip and Jeannie Millward through South Asia in the 1970s. The first objects were shipped back from the Swat Valley and stored in a repository on Waterworks Road in Norwich.

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The South Asia Collection is cared for and managed by the South Asian Decorative Arts and Crafts Collection Trust (SADACC). SADACC manages the on-site research centre, library and archive.

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