Manor House Museum

The Manor House Museum from the Manor House Gardens
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Temporary exhibitions and regular activities make the Manor House Museum a lively and vibrant place to visit. Come along to explore Kettering's history and find out what makes the town unique. Covering the history of the Borough, the Museum is packed with fascinating objects including archaeology, natural history, geology, and costume.

Children's craft activities take place during the school holidays and historical themed lunchtime talks take place regularly at the neighbouring Alfred East Art Gallery.

Our education service for schools, community groups and others, delivers sessions that involve children in hands-on and active learning, covering many different areas of the curriculum.

The museum shop is well-known for its excellent range of educational and fun gift items related to the themes of the museum and more. It's the perfect place to buy a unique treat.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4.45pm (last admission 4.30pm)

Please note the museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays

Admission charges

Free entry

The museum collects only those items, which were made or used within the geographical area of Kettering Borough for its permanent collections. The current size of the collections is thought to total circa 20,000 artefacts.

Access to the Collections:
The Museum collections are not all on display at the same time. There are far too many items to fit in the building!

Some of the Museum’s collections can be accessed for research purposes on request. Please contact the Museum and Gallery for further details. At least one month's notice is required for this request.

Collection details

Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Industry, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History, Sport, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War, World Cultures, Fine Art, Law and Order, Music, Performing Arts, Photography, Literature, Medicine, Film and Media, Decorative and Applied Art, Architecture, Design, Inland Waterways, Trade and Commerce, Religion, Personalities

Key artists and exhibits

  • Victorian costumes,'Robinson car',Samian Ware,Roman Lead Font,Numismatics,Civil War armour, Anglo-Saxon Cremation Urns
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Boot and Shoe Display

Manor House Museum Permanent Displays

  • 1 January 2000 — 31 January 2020 *on now

Find out what makes Kettering unique! Covering the history of the borough, the Museum’s permanent displays are packed with fascinating objects and information. Topics include the Boot and Shoe Industry, agriculture, geology, costume, natural history, coins and medals.

Suitable for

  • Any age


Henry Gotch Reunions

Henry Gotch Schools Reunions

  • 19 March — 11 June 2016 *on now

Catch-up with old class mates at the Henry Gotch School Exhibition in The Manor House Museum.

Years attended: 1939 - 50s Saturday 2 April, 2 - 4pm

Years attended: 1960s - 70s Saturday 30 April, 2 - 4pm

Years attended: 1980s - 2009 Saturday 14 May, 2 - 4pm

FREE, No booking required, just turn up. Light refreshments will be served.


Henry Gotch Exhibition

Henry Gotch Schools 1939 - 2009

  • 19 March — 11 June 2016 *on now

An exhibition of memories and memorabilia

On 19 March 2pm join us for the official opening of the new Henry Gotch Schools exhibition by ex-Gotch school pupil and author, John Sellers. The exhibition has a vast array of memorabilia, photographs and objects relating to the schools’ histories.


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.
Schools Out! May Half Term Craft Activities

Schools Out! May Half Term Activities

  • 31 May — 3 June 2016 *on now

Join us for fun, craft making activities this May!

- Craft Kit Bags, Tuesday 31 May 11am
- Bedroom Blackboards, Wednesday 1 June 11am
- Pencil Top Pals, Thursday 2 June 11am
- Customise a Calendar, Friday 3 June 11am

Booking is recommended.

FREE Craft Activities will be available throughout the day on Saturday 28 May and Saturday 4 June.

Suitable for

  • Especially for children


£3.00 per child, £2.00 with a Kettering Leisure Pass, FREE to Young Friends of Kettering Museum and Art Gallery


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Community Corner

Community Corner

The Community Corner at Manor House Museum is a rotating community showcase, providing the opportunity for local community groups, societies and networks to present dedicated displays about their work, or specific events.

If you are a local group, society or network interested in compiling a display for the Community Corner, or wish to find out more, please contact the Museum Officer on: 01536 535 609 or at

How to obtain

Please contact the Museum Officer on: 01536 535 609 or at Display dimensions are downloadable on our website.

Shop Stock

Manor House Museum Shop

The museum shop is well-known for its excellent range of educational and fun gift items related to the themes of the museum and much more. It's the perfect place to buy a unique treat.

Manor House Museum
Sheep Street
NN16 0AN




01536 534219


01536 534370

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.