In 1911 the Dudley MP Brooke Robinson bequeathed his collection of paintings, furniture, ceramics, enamels and medals to Dudley.
In 1981 the Brooke Robinson Collection was relocated to the Museum and Art Gallery and re-opened.
The Brooke Robinson Museum is displayed within one large gallery. The Museum contains a miscellaneous collection of 17th, 18th and 19th century British and European paintings, furniture and ceramics, together with oriental ceramics, Japanese netsuke and inro, Bilston enamels, commemorative medals, Greek, Roman and Egyptian pottery and personal memorabilia relating to Brooke Robinson and his two wives.
Conservation work has been carried out on some of the oil paintings and most recently on four prie-dieu chairs but there are other pictures and furniture that still require attention.
Options for the future of the Brooke Robinson Collection are being considered in liaison with the Trustees. The Brooke Robinson Museum is administered by the Council on behalf of three Trustees.
Brooke Robinson was born at Dudley educated in Rugby. In 1858, having served his articles with his father, was admitted a solicitor and succeeded to the business carried on in Dudley successively by his father and grandfather. In 1860 he was elected as county coroner for the Dudley district.
He was for some time an officer in the Worcestershire Yeomanry, having charge of the Dudley troop.
In 1886 he was elected M.P. for Dudley in the Tory interest, being re-elected in 1892 and again in 1895.
Brook Robinson M.P. died in 1911.
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