Searching all fields
Use Basic search: Type a word, phrase or part of a word into the box then click the 'Search' button. Muse will search through Title, Material, Object Type, Place of Origin, People (i.e. the artist/maker), Additional Titles, and Provenance. From these fields, Muse will retrieve all records that match your exact search term, and display them as a series of catalogue cards with thumbnail images. The search is not case-sensitive.
If you would like to search the Notes and Description fields, use Guided Search.
Searching individual fields
Use Guided search: You can search on any combination of these fields. For example, if you would like to find all Pictures made in Bath between 1600 and 1800, type 'picture' into the 'materials and techniques' field, 'Bath' into the 'place' field, and '1600' and '1800' into the date fields. Then click the 'search' button. Results with any combination of these four terms will be displayed as a series of catalogue cards with thumbnail images. The search is not case-sensitive. To refine your search, use the 'notes and description' field. For example, if you type 'dog' into this field, Muse will display every record that includes the word 'dog' (or a longer word containing those letters, such as 'fire-dog') in its 'Notes' and 'Description' field. This is a useful way to search for images of particular subjects or references to particular people.
Search by Title
Type the Title phrase, keyword, or any part of the Title. Muse will retrieve all records that match your exact search term. The search is not case-sensitive.
Search by Date
Muse will search for all objects made on and between these Dates. Objects made over a range of Dates will be included if any part of the range overlaps with the period you have specified.
Type in a four-digit year (the Start Date). If you leave this blank, Muse will search for all objects made up to and including your End Date.
Type in a four-digit year (the End Date). If you leave this blank, Muse will search for all objects made from your Start Date to the present day.
Search by Materials and Techniques
Type the Materials & Techniques keyword or any part of the keyword. For a list of available Materials & Techniques, see the 'Browse' section of Muse (follow the link on the red menu bar). Muse will retrieve all records that include this Material. You can only search for one Material at a time.
Search by Object Type
Type the Object Type keyword or any part of the keyword. For a list of available Object Types, see 'Browse'. Muse will retrieve all records classified under this Object Type. You can only search for one Object Type at a time.
Search by Artist/Maker
Type the Artist or Maker's surname or part of the name. For a list of all available Artists and Makers, see 'Browse'. Muse will retrieve all objects classified under this Artist, and will also list any artists whose name contains you search term within it: for example, if you search for 'Hill', you will also retrieve works by 'Phillips'. You can only search for one Artist at a time.
Search by Place
Type the Place keyword or any part of the keyword. For a list of available Places of Origin, see 'Browse'. Muse will retrieve all records classified under this Place. You may only search for one Place at a time. Searches can be made at any level of Place: for example, you can search for objects made in Europe, England, or Bath.
Search by Notes and description
This is a free-text search. Type in any phrase, word, or part of a word. Muse will retrieve all records that match your exact search term. The search is not case-sensitive.
Search by Museum Number
If you know an object's Museum Number (for example, if you have seen the object on display in the Museum), type it in here. The search is not case-sensitive.
Browse allows you to look through Muse by category.
page contains an alphabetical list of all the people associated with objects in Muse (artists and makers, sitters, past owners, etc.). From here you can access their biographies and a results page showing all the objects in Muse that are associated with a particular person.
The difference between searching and browsing
Searching is when you enter a keyword into a form field and submit the query to the database. Please note that the Muse search facility is not like Google; you can only enter phrases likely to be found in the text (e.g. "front elevation") or a single keyword.
Browsing is when you click on links to access different sections of the site.