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.

Today, The South Asia Collection is an internationally significant museum collection of the everyday arts and crafts of the region. It includes embroidered, woven and printed textiles; paintings and prints from the 18th century to the present day; vernacular furniture; carved arches, doors and columns; votive figures; plus a wonderful collection of religious and domestic objects in metal, stone, wood, cloth and ceramic from the different communities and cultures of South Asia.

Visit our Permanent Collection exhibition to see a selection of the objects we look after.

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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