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Pre-book free entry to Saturday 3rd July Open Day

Pre-book your free entry to Daventry Museum’s Victorian Leisure exhibition on Saturday 3rd July open day. Daventry Museum’s new exhibition, Victorian Leisure, has been open for over a month after a 6-month closure following the second national lockdown.  Staff and volunteers have enjoyed welcoming back old and new faces through the museum doors in the past month, many of whom visited during half… Read more »

Pre-booking during half term & Saturday open day

Pre-book your free entry to Daventry Museum’s Victorian Leisure exhibition during half-term and Saturday 5th June open day.  Daventry Museum reopened its doors to the public on Tuesday 18th May with a new exhibition, Victorian Leisure, after a 6-month closure following the second national lockdown.  Staff and volunteers are thrilled to be able to welcome visitors safely back to the museum and make their visit a memorable one.  Visitors need to pre-book their visit during Tuesday 1st June to Saturday 5th June, coinciding with Northamptonshire’s half term and the museum’s Saturday… Read more »

Virtual Victorians 360° tour – now live!

New exhibition – Victorian Leisure; a spotlight on entertainment & science Explore an era of wondrous scientific discoveries, theatre and entertainment in our virtual Victorians exhibition.  The 360° tour is now live, and free to access from our website by visiting the What’s On page. Fascinating objects on display include examples of early motion picture such as the zoetrope and magic lantern, to… Read more »

Roman mosaic returns!

Roman mosaic conservation complete One of the museum’s star attractions is the Roman mosaic floor fragment, which has undergone much-needed conservation, funded by Daventry Town Council, in order to preserve it for future generations. The mosaic was unearthed during the discovery of the remains of a Roman building on Borough Hill, (at the highest point of the northern end, just west of the… Read more »

Victorian Theatre

With our new and upcoming exhibition on Victorian Leisure, our wonderful team of volunteers have been researching Victorian Theatre, read on to discover more! Although theatre was already part of the landscape of Britain by the start of the reign of Queen Victoria, it underwent rapid expansion throughout that period as part of a wider embrace of all types of live entertainment following… Read more »

New exhibition & virtual reopening in March 2021

Victorian Leisure; a spotlight on entertainment & science Coinciding with 150 years since the inception of The Royal Albert Hall, London and Daventry’s Assembly Hall in 1871, this exhibition will shed light on Victorian Society and their leisure pursuits. The Assembly Hall in Daventry was built in 1871 for meetings and entertainment including spelling bees, concerts and in the late 1880s became the… Read more »

Roman Mosaic Conservation Progress

                                            Whilst the museum’s doors are closed, our Roman mosaic floor fragment is undergoing some much-needed conservation work.  This fragment was unearthed at Borough Hill and was originally part of a significantly larger tile.  At 1278mm tall, 1175mm wide and weighing half… Read more »

Temporary Museum Closure from 4th November 2020

Further to Government guidelines Daventry Museum and Daventry Town Council have taken the decision to temporarily close the museum. The museum looks forward to reopening in early 2021 and welcoming our visitors with a brand-new exhibition on Victorian culture, entertainment and science. In the meantime, you can keep up to date with the latest news via our social media pages and enjoy the… Read more »

Information for visiting the museum

Welcome back, we’ve missed you! We reopened our doors on Tuesday 18th May and are so pleased to be able to welcome you back to the museum. Here’s a few things you need to know before visiting Northamptonshire’s reigning Heritage Site of the Year 2019, (that’s us by the way), and to give you an idea of what to expect when you walk… Read more »

Sign up for online Theatre Performance and Drawing Competition!

Daventry Museum will again be playing host to the interactive theatre company Don’t Go Into The Cellar and this time it will be for all our virtual visitors.  This summer the theatre company will be recording and sharing their Victorian Fairy Tales performance exclusively with the museum to be viewed via this website and the Town Council’s YouTube channel!  Past audiences have enjoyed past performances immensely; so when April’s fully… Read more »