Exhibitions 2020

A Virtual and Veritable Cabinet of Curiosities

Available to view online and in the museum from Tuesday 29 September to Saturday 5 December 2020.

Please enjoy the 360 tour of our new exhibition, and do return, we’ll be adding more labels and photos to it during September.

The Virtual Cabinet of Curiosity is an online video of  collections shared by our virtual visitors available to view on Daventry Town Council’s YouTube channel.

We have also created a video of historic images of groups and gatherings from our photograph archive. It’s a delightful collection of group images from the 1800s to more recent history, we hope that you might recognise some images, tell us some more precise dates, or perhaps you recognise some familiar faces? Do share any information with us by email to the museum.

The Veritable Cabinet of Curiosities is the physical exhibition in the museum. We have delved into the museum’s wonderful store to put rarely seen items on display. Some of the museum team have kindly loaned items from their personal collections and share why and what they love about them. Chosen and researched by our team of volunteers, the Veritable Cabinet includes of paintings, Daventry inspired crockery, Lego, musical instruments, costume and much more.



Listen here to Museum Officer Carrie talking to BBC Radio Northampton about the new exhibition.


We have also explored the history of collecting and the history of our own ‘cabinet’ namely 3 New Street Daventry. Collecting is a behaviour almost solely displayed by humans, but how did it begin and why do we now have museum collections?

Please read our information page about visits to the museum and the measures we have put in place to make them as safe and comfortable as possible for you and our staff.

From Tuesday 29th September general admission to the museum is Tuesday to Friday 10am-1.30pm and booking is NOT required.

The museum will be open on the first Saturday of every month 10am-2.30pm, booking is required on open Saturdays please call 01327 301246 or email the museum museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk to book an visiting slot.

Events 2020

Victorian Fairy Tales for All Hallows. An Outdoor Theatre Performance for half-term. 29 October 2020, 2pm

Enjoy another theatre performance with Don’t Go Into The Cellar and Daventry Museum this October!

This time the spooky themed performance will be outdoors on the steps of Holy Cross Church, Daventry (behind the museum).

Classic Victorian Fairy stories will be brought to life just in time for All Hallows. The young and the young-at-heart are all welcome!

Tickets are strictly limited in order that we compile with Government guidelines and safety measure will be in place. Spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay, email museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk to book your places!

There will also be a fancy dress competition so dress to impress in your spooky best!

The performance will last apx 30 minutes and neither seating nor shelter will not be provided, but toilet facilities will be available.




Online Virtual  and Self -Guided Walks

Our history walks are always very popular, this year we can only offer self-led guides. The Borough Hill walk below can be downloaded to enjoy when you next visit the beautiful hill fort site.

Borough Hill Self guided walk combined v.1.

If you want to learn even more about the English Heritage site of Borough Hill, a team from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) have created a Story Map about it’s ancient history. It’s a fascinating journey through history that can be enjoyed from the comfort of your sofa.

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!!


Finds Days 2020 


















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