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The museum building was purpose-built in 1874, and opened in 1876; and is a grade II listed building. The museum holds 360 ancient Egyptian objects which are part of the Archaeology collection.
Classes of objects represented in the collection include: amulets; coffins; faience figures; flints; food/plant material; glass vessels; jewellery; metal figures; human remains (mummies); pottery; relief sculpture; scarabs; shabtis/sealings; shabtis; cosmetic palettes; stone figures; stone vessels; textiles/leather; tools/weapons.
In the distribution records in the British Museum "Tor" is listed as a destination for material from Saqqara in 1964, the online records do mention six items from Saqqara.