Victorian Leisure; a spotlight on entertainment and science
18th May to 4th December
Take a step back in time to the Victorian era in our #VirtualVictorians 360° tour of the exhibition above.
This exhibition has been inspired by the 150th anniversary of The Royal Albert Hall, London and explores an era full of wondrous scientific discoveries, theatre and entertainment.
Fascinating objects on display include examples of early motion picture such as the zoetrope and magic lantern, to an architectural model of a Victorian theatre, Victorian outfits and an extravagant, green fringed, theatre handbill.
There’s a fun family quiz and object hunt available to do at the museum, as well as free peg doll making kits for visitors to take home, along with a free craft book, and templates for making your own Victorian puppet theatre.
Heritage Open Days – Edible England
Friday 10th to Saturday 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, some familiar cooking devices that are still in use today, as well as some less familiar and rather curious! Daventry Pubs and Inns will feature alongside photos from the archive of past food retailers and celebrations in the town.
The museum will also be sharing tips from wartime cookbooks and traditional Northamptonshire recipes!
A fun town trail is taking place during Heritage Open Days with 14 foodie venues in the town displaying foodie posters for you to find. Pick up a trail sheet in the museum, at any participating venue (see posters in shop windows) or download it below. Find as many posters as you can using the map, have fun answering the town trivia and enter the competition (open to those 15 years and under) by dropping completed sheets into the museum or by emailing them to [email protected] An entry will be picked at random after 18th September and will win a cookery related prize.
Heritage Open Days Guided Walk & Talk of Borough Hill
Sunday 12th September and Monday 13th September, both from 2pm to 3.30pm. (Pre-booking required – see details below) ****AND DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND SUNDAY 19TH SEPETMBER FROM 10AM TO 12PM****
The museum is celebrating Heritage Open Days this September and re launching its guided walks of Borough Hill. Join Museum Volunteer, Mike Arnold, and take a trip back through the ages of this historic site.
The walk looks at the history of the hill from its formation in the Jurassic period about 140 million years ago, through the geological period to the human occupation of the hill.
The walk covers the Neolithic, Bronze Age and Iron Age occupation, and the part that the landscape played in the English Civil War some 376 years ago. The walk also includes the BBC 5XX Radio Transmitting Station, the hill’s role in the town water supply, as well as many other aspects of the hill through the ages. Discover the history now hidden under the beautiful nature of this British Heritage protected site.
Please pre-book your free tickets to attend the walk via Eventbrite. Once you have booked you will receive the meeting location for the walk:
The site is mostly rough grass tracks, some areas are inaccessible to wheelchairs or need the ability to walk over steep slopes and very uneven ground. These areas can however be bypassed on the rough tracks. An off-road wheelchair would be capable of accessing the full walk and pushchairs capable of being used on rough grassland will be able to access the walk.
Please do not attend if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms.
This event will run in line with local & national government guidelines at the time of the festival. Attendees on the guided walk advised to keep a safe distance between each group/family on the walk.
Max 20 people per tour. Duration 1 to 1.5 hours.
Borough Hill Survey
The Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) have done much research around the Borough Hill site and are conducting a survey on what people know about Borough Hill and how they use and enjoy the site. You can take part in the survey by following this link Borough Hill Survey or pick up a hard copy at the museum. Online survey closes on 24th September and hard copy surveys to be handed back to the museum by 15th September.
Northamptonshire’s Finds Liaison Officer, Eleanore Cox, will be returning to Daventry Museum from 11.00am to 1.30pm inspecting and recording your finds on Friday 17th September 2021.
Eleanore is part of West Northamptonshire Council and works for The Portable Antiquities Scheme, a partnership project which records archaeological objects found by members of the public in order to further our understanding of the past.
Prior to attending this event, please book a 15-minute time slot between 11:00 – 13:30.
Please book by emailing [email protected]
When attending this event please:
- Wear a face mask/covering (unless medically exempt)
- Prepare your finds in advance to avoid overrunning into another time slot, objects should be bagged with find spots. Treasure should have find spot information and land owner information with it.
- Maintain social distancing and follow the one-way system put in place by Daventry Museum.
- Bring your own pen to sign documents with.
- Do not attend if you have any symptoms of Covid-19.
There is a maximum occupancy of 10 people in the Museum at any one time, please do keep this in mind when visiting the event, as the museum is open to public during this time.
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. This exhibition is now only available to view via the virtual tour above, since the museum is closed now until 2021.
Listen here to Museum Officer Carrie talking to BBC Radio Northampton about the exhibition.
Online Virtual and Self-Guided Walks
Our history walks are always very popular, we are hoping to hold guided walks in September 2021 however, the Borough Hill self-guided walk below can be downloaded to enjoy when you next visit the beautiful hill fort site.
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!!
Past Exhibition – Virtual Tour
Please enjoy the 360 tour of The Battle of Naseby exhibition from early 2020, which also works if you have a VR headset.
You can still enjoy our Battle of Naseby exhibition by visiting the virtual tour recorded prior to the exhibition’s closure in March 2020. Lots of the permanent features of the museum are also featured and labelled on this tour too.
Please follow Daventry Museum on Facebook and Twitter for up to date details on exhibitions and events. Please call 01327 301246 if you would like more information or email [email protected] You can also find details of museum exhibitions and events via the Town Council website: https://www.daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk/local-events.html