At Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum Arts and Crafts Museum

In The Box

Container Resources

The ArtsĀ and Crafts Collection has many examples of different containers, each one exploring a particular shape, form, space, use and decoration. Materials and the making processes are chosen depending on the designer's intentions. Trying to 'read' an object is an interesting experience as you begin to look both subjectively and objectively at its shape and form. Knowing a little more about its history or provenance often brings an object to life and can provide a personal meaning. Making connections with your own experiences and knowledge can also help you to recognise elements within the container. Here you'll find a small selection of containers from the gallery for you to view and explore.

Wish Boxes



Surprise Boxes



Comfort Boxes


Very Large Boxes

Emery Walker AD 1