The archive contains over one hundred architectural drawings by James and Decimus Burton dating from c.1785 to c.1855. These relate to projects in Regents Park, Hyde Park, Swiss Cottage and The Strand in London, as well as houses in Kent, the new town of Fleetwood in Lancashire and the development of St. Leonards on Sea in Sussex.
There are twenty one portraits of members of the Burton family including James Burton, Decimus Burton and James Haliburton the Egyptologist [1788-1862] who was the second son of James Burton. The portraits include watercolour sketches by Rose and Emily Wood, oil and pastel studies, photographs and lithographs.
Legal documents include conveyances between James Burton and the trustees of the Eversfield estate for the purchase of land at St. Leonards 1827-1834, as well as baptismal, marriage and burial certificates relating to James Burton and his children.
The Museum has a small notebook written by James Burton giving an account of his life between 1783 and 1811.
There are five letters from James Burton, 1813-1831, one from Decimus Burton dating from 1834 and two relating to Alfred Burton 1834 and 1877.
The fifteen scrap albums contain watercolours, portraits, silhouettes, photographs, autographs, cartoons, press cuttings about the Wellington arch and printed material relating to the life of the Burton family throughout the 19th century.