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Daventry Museum Work Experience Blog 2021

My Work Experience with Daventry Museum July 2021 By Maisie Spence My first day of work experience was different to the ones my friends had and it certainly exceeded my own expectations. Being a socially incapable girl of just 15, I expected to be uncomfortable (as I usually am all the time) and not talk to anyone unless I had to. I am… Read more »

Daventry Museum wins Covid Response Award

At the Northamptonshire Heritage Forum Awards, held this year via Zoom on 1st July, Daventry Museum won the Best Response to the Covid Pandemic category. The Forum Awards is a very prestigious event which showcases excellence within Museums, Galleries and Historic Houses in Northamptonshire, and so the museum is thrilled to have been recognised for this unique award. Staff and volunteers took the… Read more »

Heritage Open Days – Edible England

From 10th to 18th September 2021 This year’s Heritage Open Days’ theme is ‘Edible England’ and the museum is celebrating with a new exhibit within the trader’s exhibition area, exploring the town’s culinary heritage and culture. Displays will include old kitchen utensils such as butter pats and various moulds, and some familiar cooking devices that are still in use today.  Daventry Pubs and… Read more »

50th Anniversary display of Mr Men & Little Miss

Open from 20th July to 4th September 2021 The museum is commemorating 50 years since the first Mr Men book was published in 1971 with a display bursting with colour and familiar, funny characters. Find out how Roger Hargreaves’ Mr Men series began with Mr Tickle and his extraordinary long arms! Rare items on display include a beanbag chair from the mid 1970’s,… Read more »

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 »