Puzzle Catalogue ...

showing the details and images of only about 20% of the Puzzle Museum collection.
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The catalogue can be searched by entering a search term (of 1 or more words), selecting a class, or both.

You may enter many search words with a space between. They will be combined with the logical AND.

If you select more than one criteria then they are combined with an 'AND'.

Please note that some searches can return a large number of puzzles and may take many seconds to return the list.


You can search for puzzles by using the start of a word, the exact word or the catalogue number.

The word must be a minimum of 3 characters and the possible search words will be displayed. If a word is not displayed then it is not in the index

The search term can many words and may contain alphanumeric characters only (no spaces, no punctuation and no additional wildcards).

Indexed fields are:

  • Puzzle objective
  • Theme/Advert
  • Name
  • Material
  • Year
  • Maker/Publisher
  • Designer/notes

For example searching for watch will find puzzles containing the words watch, watchchain, watches, watching, watchmakers


When using this search all puzzles of that class and optional sub class will be shown. The dropdown boxes show valid options.


You may enter year range to filter puzzles but this must be used in conjuntion with another search criteria. Default values are 0 to 2100.

If the year "from" is greater than the year "to", it is changed to be 1 less than the year to.

Neither value can be blank.


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Explanatory note about the Puzzle Catalogue

Bulk photographs were taken of most of the puzzles when the collection was in storage in 2003. These are available elsewhere on this website.

More of the earlier aquisitions are being digitised every year. However with no external funding and a maximum present-day staff of only two, the museum will never be able catch up with the photography and digital cataloguing of all the items, but we have made a start.

The Puzzle Classification, as explained elsewhere, underwent a significant improvement in 1999. Please make allowances for any inconsistencies that may have occurred when converting the old classification codes to the new ones.

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