Charnwood Museum

A red brick building in the background with a pond and flowerbedds in the foreground

Charnwood Museum features a wide range of exhibits reflecting the history, geology, archaeology and industries of Charnwood and the surrounding area. Permanent displays include ‘Coming to Charnwood’, ‘The Natural World of Charnwood’, ‘Living off the Land’ and ‘Earning a Living’. Each contains exhibits from the past and present including interactive displays, computers and audio-visuals. Visitors can handle rocks from Charnwood’s volcanic past, walk beneath the giant oak tree, investigate the 4,000 year old burial of the Cossington Boy, visit the Victorian grocers shop or zoom-in on a fly’s eye with the video microscope.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

April to September: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4:30pm, Sundays from 2pm - 5pm
October to March: Tuesday to Saturday 10am-3pm, Sundays from 12noon - 3pm
Bank Holidays: Please call to check Bank Holiday opening

Admission charges

Free

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

Garendon archaeology display

  • 1 April — 21 July 2015 *on now

See the wonderful finds found by Loughborough Coin and Search Society from the Garendon Estate, Loughborough, including a rare Iron Age axe and the fabulous Henry II coin hoard.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1859

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.

Viking warfare in the light of recent discoveries and book signing, at the Jewry Wall Museum

  • 18 July 2015 2-4pm

Hear a fascinating talk by one of the leading experts on the Vikings. Gareth Williams, curator at the British Museum, has published extensively on both Viking and Anglo-Saxon topics and was responsible for the curating the recent exhibition Vikings: Life and Legend.

Admission

£5

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1883

Get potty at Charnwood Museum

  • 23 July 2015 10:15-11:15am, 11:45am-12:45pm

Make and decorate fabulous clay pots inspired by the museum's archaeology collections, (suitable for children aged 3 and above).

Admission

£2.50 per child

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1878

Charnwood day of archaeology

  • 25 July 2015 10am-4pm

A day looking at the archaeology of the Loughborough area, run in conjunction with the Loughborough Coin And Search Society, with newly discovered objects to view and hands on activities including the chance to try your hand with a metal detector.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1880

Vikings! and the Borough of Leicester Re-enactment and Living History

  • 26 July 2015 11:30am-3:30pm

A full Viking encampment will be set up amidst the Roman ruins of Leicester, just as it may have been during the 9th century when these lands fell under Viking rule.

See how the Northmen lived, make your own Viking coin and have a go at calligraphy under the supervision of Saxon monks.

Discover the different types of fighting man and their weapon techniques and realise the brutality of dark age warfare.

Just what was the influence of the Vikings on Leicester?

Light refreshments available.

Admission

Adults £2, children £1, group (two adults maximum) £5.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/1853

Charnwood Museum
Granby Street
Loughborough
Leicestershire
LE11 3DU
England

Website

www.leics.gov.uk/museums/charnwood/index.htm

www.charnwood.gov.uk/leisure/heritage.html

E-mail

charnwood@leics.gov.uk

Telephone

01509 233754

Fax

01509 268140

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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