About the Museum


The Land of Lost Content is an independent museum containing Britain’s foremost collection of pop culture ephemera, obscure objects and ordinary things from the pre digital era.  Belonging to eccentric artist and compulsive obsessive collector Stella Mitchell and collectors of design history, the Hemingway family, the Land of Lost Content is used as HemingwayDesign’s personal design archive.

About the Museum
stella mitchell

About the owner
Stella Mitchell

This museum is the result of a lifetime’s work.  I realised when a student that other museums were ignoring the lives, experiences and possessions (and the hopes and dreams) of the ‘ordinary’ people of Britain.  I was always fired with the desire to right this wrong; and fuelled with the artistic need to create something of merit that might just knock a few peoples socks off!  


My husband Dave and I opened our first museum to the public in 1991 – we have run it on a web of shoestrings ever since – no sign of funding (but we didn’t look for it too hard).  99% of the collection has been chosen by me over about 45 years and increases daily – and the displays are reconfigured and updated annually.


Not everything is or can be displayed. apart from lots of extra exhibits, there are also collections of ‘undisplayables’ – Scrapbooks, Song sheets, Magazines, Posters, Programmes, Postcards, Tickets, Catalogues, Pamphlets, Broachers, Adverts and Records.

33 Displays over
three floors

Ground floor

Victorians and Edwardians
Office Equipment and GPO
Schooldays
Healthcare
Cleaning
Food
Beverages
Wartime (Home Front)

First floor

Nursery Years
Christmas
Toys
Confectionery
Tobacco
Hardware, Pets & Gardens
Setting Up Home(Pre War)
Setting Up Home(Post War)
Mid 20th Century Front Room
Travel & Transport
Holidays
Photography
Cosmetics & Hairdressing

Second floor

Plastics
Film
Sport
Footwear
Haberdashery
Costume
Pop music
Pop style
Television
Radio
Royalty & Regalia
Carnival - NEW FOR 2017