American Museum in Britain

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Mariner's Compass Quilt (detail), 1820-1830, Pennsylvania © The American Museum in Britain

The American Museum in Britain
Claverton Manor


The American Museum in Britain takes you on a journey through the history of America, from its early settlers to the 20th century. With its remarkable collection of folk and decorative arts, the museum shows the diverse and complex nature of American culture. The only museum of Americana outside the United States, the museum was founded to bring American history and cultures to the people of Britain and Europe.

The American Museum in Britain’s textile collection is recognized not only as the finest collection of American textiles in Europe, but one that is equal to many collections in the United States. In addition to carpets, embroideries, and furnishing fabrics, the museum also boasts an extensive collection of over two hundred American quilts that range from the 18th through the early 20th centuries. Many of these pieces are on display in period rooms and the purpose fitted Textile Room. Quilts on display are rotated annually to ensure that there is always something new to see. Items in the collection include:

  • Whole cloth quilts
  • Baltimore album and other signature quilts
  • Hawaiian quilts
  • Red Cross quilts (sent to Britain during WWII)
  • Crazy quilts
  • African American quilts
  • Many other pieced and appliqué quilts.

There is a library at the museum that holds over 11,000 books and periodicals, specialising in American history. The collection includes a number of books about textiles and quilts. The Library is open to anyone interested in studying American history and culture free-of-charge, but only by prior appointment.

An article on the museum's quilt collections, "American Museum in Britain" by Shiela Betterton, was published in The Quilt Journal, Vol. 3, No. 1, 1994. Select issues of The Quilt Journal are now available on the Quilt Index at

The museum is open to the public from mid-March until the end of October. Actual opening times (and details of our Christmas opening in December) can be found on our website

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