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  • The Dog Collar Museum is partially open with a reduced amount of dog collars on display. It will reopen fully next year, please check back for further details.
Attraction | Dog Collar Museum


The fascinating collection of canine neckwear, spanning five centuries, is now on display in a fresh and creative new presentation – fun for children and adults alike.

Discover rare and valuable collars including some which were discovered in storage and have never been on public display before, until now!

Discover centuries of collars

The earliest in the collection, dates back to the late 15th century and is a Spanish iron herd mastiff’s collar, which would have been worn for protection against wolves and bears roaming Europe at the time.

Other collars range from sixteenth-century German iron collars with fearsome spikes and ornate gilt collars of the Baroque period, to finely-chased 19th century silver collars and 20th century examples fashioned from tyres, beads and plastic.

In 1977 Mrs Gertrude Hunt presented the collection of dog collars to the Leeds Castle Foundation in memory of her husband, the historian John Hunt. Mr and Mrs Hunt were both avid collectors and amassed a large collection of art and antiquities, but the dog collars were Mrs Hunt’s particular passion.

Her donation consisted of collars from all corners of Europe, dating from the 16th to the 19th century. Since that original gift, many more collars have been acquired by purchase and donation from members of the public and the collection continues to grow.