Exhibitions 2020

**Saturday 11 January 2020 until Saturday 24 April 2020.**

Commemorating the Battle of Naseby: 375 years. Daventry’s place in the Conflict

On the morning of 14 June 1645, parliament’s Newly Modelled Army destroyed King Charles I’s main field army at Naseby, the decisive battle of the first English Civil War. Nights before this, King Charles stayed at Daventry’s Wheatsheaf Inn and his Royalist forces used Borough Hill as a base before marching to fight at Naseby.

Daventry Museum’s exhibition Commemorating the Battle of Naseby: 375 years. Daventry’s Place in the Conflict is a first for the museum’s collaborators The Naseby Battlefield Project (NBP) and the first of a number of activities planned by the Project in the run up to the anniversary in June 2020.  Many items in the exhibition will be on display for the very first time from lenders who were the first to dig the battlefield site for archaeology, as well as patrons and trustees of the NBP.

Exhibits include articles including original armour and swords, to finds from the battlefield site such as cannon balls and smaller intimate items such as a love token, a playing dice and coins, plus contemporary paintings of soldiers and views of the battle itself. Highlights include loans from The National Civil War Museum in Newark such as Fairfax’s campaign cup and flask given to him by Cromwell and a lobster pot helmet complete with ‘battle scars’ from the Naseby conflict. Weaponry, silk standards and replica costumes, accompanied by the sights and sounds of a battle re-enactment will immerse visitors in the rich history of the turbulent 17th century Civil War.








Saturday 2nd May to Friday 28 August 2020

Do you have quite a few pieces 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 display them in a museum and share your love of them with visitors to Daventry? Well now you can!

Our Collect-o-Mania exhibition is given over to you to help us curate. Bring your collections (or even a sample of them if it’s a very large collection) and put them on display in our secure museum cabinets. You’ll be able to tell us and all our visitors just why they are so special to you and what made you start the collection.  We’ll also be delving into the history of collecting and why it is a behaviour almost solely displayed by humans.

To be a part of this exhibition all potential lenders must read the detail information and complete the application form (below). All collections must be appropriate for family viewing and only collections stated on the application form may be shown, unless agreed with a member of the Museum staff. If you would like to attend a Saturday open day to exhibit your collection and share your passion for your collection with members of the public by way of a demonstration, please stipulate on the application form.

Collect-o-Mania Application details 2020 Collect-o-Mania application form 2020.


Events 2020

British Science Week – Saturday 7th March

Visit us for activities, fun and exploration on this Saturday of STEM week, we’ll be open 10am-4pm. We have something exciting planned around the 2020 STEM week theme of Diversity in our World, for example is English your first/only language? If not we want to hear from you with your translation for words like ‘Friend’ and ‘Community’. Do you have a favourite snack from ‘back home’ that the people of Daventry would love to savour? We are applying for a #CelebrateNationalLottery25 grant to help us make this a super event celebrating Daventry’s Diversity.

Activities will also be themed around our current Battle of Naseby exhibition, with the Sealed Knot re-enactors promising something special.

Check our social media pages regularly.

We always have lots of activities for all ages to take part in and this year will be no exception. Visitors will also be able to view our Battle of Naseby exhibition, 10am-4pm.


Battle of Naseby Themed Guided Walks – Saturday 4th April

Our history walks are always very popular and this year we have two new tours based around Daventry Town and Borough Hill. The walks will focus on the history of these sites relating to the Battle of Naseby in 1645 and the Daventry Museum exhibition on the Battle and the Civil War.  Both walks are timed to allow you to look around the exhibition either before or after the walk

Saturday 4 April 10am.  History of the Town Centre buildings that were in use in 1645 and what was happening in the town when the King was here as well as some general history.  Meet at the Museum.

Saturday 4 April 2pm.  Borough Hill and its role in the war and how Charles decamped to Mkt Harborough as well as some general history.  Meet at the Borough Hill Car Park.

Contact museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk for more information

Both the exhibition and the guided walks are free, there is no need to book.  Extra dates including mid-week walks can also be arranged if there is demand.

Victoria Fairy Tales Interactive Theatre Performance – Thursday 16th April

A perfect Easter Half Term treat!

Enjoy a choice selection of classic Victorian fairy tales at Daventry Museum this April! Timeless tales including Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin, Snow-White and Rose-Red and Thumbelina will be brought to life by kindly Mother Goose. The young and the young-at-heart are all welcome! Tickets are strictly limited, and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis, so don’t delay!

If you’ve been to one of our theatre performances by Don’t Go into the Cellar before, the whole family will love this return visit.

Thursday 16th April 2020 at 2 – 3pm

Daventry Museum, 3 New Street, Daventry, NN11 4BT

Booking required: Please call 01327 301246 or email museum@daventrytowncouncil.gov.uk to reserve your free place. Places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!


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