Mayor brings order to new exhibition – Opens Saturday 14th January

Mayor of Daventry, Councillor Glenda Simmonds and Volunteer Curator, Rod Viveash in the Pillory

Inspired by its collection of Civic Regalia, Daventry Museum’s new exhibition, ‘Law and Order’ tells the story of how order was kept, and looks at the different types of punishments imposed on criminals in Northamptonshire from the early 1800s onwards.

Imagine a time when stocks and pillories were used to punish and humiliate people who committed minor offences, including drunkenness, gambling, and even in the strictest of regimes, dancing round a maypole! The more severe crimes committed such as witchcraft, robbery and murder were punished by various means of execution.  Through the museum’s gruesome exhibition, visitors will be able to explore the murky past of Northamptonshire’s criminals.

Exhibits feature poaching articles and many ex-Police artefacts including handcuffs, helmets, uniforms, communications equipment and a beautifully embellished Victorian truncheon.

Other highlights in the exhibition include a replica pillory (similar to stocks), the cell door from the old Moot Hall, a 1960s Police Motorbike, a man-trap and a Scold’s Bridle, (an iron muzzle), from Boughton House by kind permission of The Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry KBE.

The Historic Police Motorcycle Group will be displaying two vintage Police motorbikes outside the museum on the first Saturday opening on 14th January 2017. One of the bikes on show will be an old Italian Carabinieri Moto Guzzi.

UK spec Honda ST1300P and Italian Carabinieri Moto Guzzi 850T3PA on display, courtesy of Historic Police Motorcycle Group

Children can get involved in the exhibition and will be able to learn about past and present roles of the Town Council and the basic principles of democracy by dressing up in civic regalia as well as handling a replica mace and gavel.

The museum will close at 13:30 on Friday 16th December and will re-open on Saturday 14th January 2017 from 10am to 4pm with the new exhibition.

Don’t forget, the museum and all exhibitions are free to visit.

For more information please contact the museum on 01327 301246 or email