Exhibitions 2020

Whilst the museum may be closed currently, we have a Virtual Museum tour of the Battle of Naseby exhibition and some of our permanent collection here for you to explore.


If there is something specific you would like information on that hasn’t been covered by a tag yet within the virtual tour, please contact us via museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk

The exhibition “Commemorating the Battle of Naseby: 375 years. Daventry’s place in the Conflict”, opened on 11th January 2020 and was due to run until 24th April 2020. The museum is closed for now but the exhibition was scanned using VR technology before closing and can be viewed above.

Our Upcoming exhibition :

 A Virtual and Veritable Cabinet of Curiosities

Available to view online and in the museum from September 2020

Share your collection be part of the virtual exhibition by emailing the museumDo you have a plethora of pottery, a whimsical animal collection, an assortment of fascinating fossils, or a ten-piece teapot collection? Maybe you have a hodgepodge of ceramic hedgehogs or a tantalising variety of old toys?  Would you like to share your love of them and be part of a new exhibition to virtual visitors to Daventry Museum? Well now you can!

Our Virtual and Veritable Cabinet of Curiosities exhibition will be an online and physical exhibition that we will share via our website in a 360 degree tour, social media, and in person for those wishing to visit from September! We’d love you to get involved, so do tell us about your collections by filling in the application form below.  Take lots of lovely photographs of the collection (we can help with advice on this if you need it) and send those to us with your form, these will then be made into a short film, The Virtual Cabinet of Curiosities. You’ll be able to tell everyone just why the collection is so special to you, what made you start the collection and where you usually display it.

Whilst you will help us to curate an online exhibition we will be delving into the museum’s wonderful store to put not often seen items on display in our museum cabinets. Chosen and researched by our team of volunteers, this element, The Veritable Cabinet of Curiosities made up of paintings, Daventry inspired crockery, archaeology, costume and much more, will be captured as a new 360 degree tour that will then be available to view ‘in the flesh’ once the museum reopens.

We’ll also be delving into the history of collecting and the history of our own ‘cabinet’ namely 3 New Street Daventry. Why collecting it is a behaviour almost solely displayed by humans and how museums will now be displaying and sharing their exhibitions for the future.

To be a part of this exciting exhibition please complete the application form (below). The application deadline is Friday 31st July.

Application form: V&V Cabinet of Curiosities application form 2020


Events 2020

Victorian Fairy Tales Theatre Performance and Drawing Competition – Online in July!

Would you like an invite to the Virtual Theatre PerformanceEnjoy a selection of classic Victorian fairy tales from the comfort of your own home, brought to you by Daventry Museum and Don’t Go Into The Cellar.  Timeless tales including Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow-White and Rose-Red and Thumbelina will be brought to life and told with a twist by kindly Mother Goose. The young and the young-at-heart are all welcome to view this performance which will ‘go live’ at the end of July. Find out more about the performance here.

On the run up to this exciting first for Daventry Museum, there will is a drawing competition and prizes for the best Fairy Tale Scene 2020 poster. We want to see a scene from a well-loved fairy tale given a modern twist, how would the characters look today, what would they be wearing? What they be doing and saying differently in their story? Let your imagination run wild! 

The competition is be split into two age categories and is open to all those aged 12 and under. Entries have the chance of their pictures being shared via social media and this websiteTo enter, send photographs of drawing/s to museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk (via an adult’s email address only) along with the childs name and age, by the closing date 21 August 2020. Winner’s will be announced at the end of August. 

To receive an online invite to the theatre performance, please email museum@daventrytowncouncil.org.uk by end of July 2020.

Heritage Open Days



Online Virtual  and Self -Guided Walks

Our history walks are always very popular and this year we had planned to hold two new tours based around Daventry Town and Borough Hill and their history during the English Civil War. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic we now have a self-led walk that you can download and enjoy at your own leisure here;

Borough Hill Self guided walk combined v.1.

We also have a super fun Virtual Walk and Quiz through Daventry town via Google Maps.

You can access it here via our Resource Centre page. Enjoy!!

Contact museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk for more information


Finds Days 2020 


















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