Take a step back in time to the Victorian era in our #VirtualVictorians 360° tour
This exhibition has been inspired by the 150th anniversary of The Royal Albert Hall, London and explores the era of wondrous scientific discoveries, theatre and entertainment, on offer to the Victorian in pursuit of leisure and learning.
Huge thanks Leicestershire County Council Museum Service for loaning the many Victorian items you will see in this exhibition.
Why don’t you take an even bigger step back in time to the Romans, and checkout our newly conserved mosaic fragment, before you zoom ahead to the Victorian era!
50th Anniversary Display of Mr. Men and Little Miss
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, a working Mr Bump radio from 1979, a Mr Tickle mirror from 1980 and 2 old records with actor, Arthur Low narrating the stories.
The museum is running a competition to create your own loveable character during the summer holidays, and there will be a chance to win some Mr Men prizes! The Draw your favourite Mr. Men or Little Miss poster is available to collect at the museum and will also be available to download shortly.
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
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.
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