Manor House Museum
Manor House Museum
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.
Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
Tuesday - Saturday, 10am - 4.45pm (last admission 4.30pm)
Please note the museum is closed on Sundays, Mondays and Bank Holidays
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.
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
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.
- Any age
Halloween Family Fun Day
- 31 October 2014 11am-3pm
Children's Frightful Fancy Dress Competition - Judged at 1:30pm
Pumpkin Carving Workshop - 11am - 12:30pm (FULLY BOOKED, RESERVE PLACES ONLY)
All materials are provided. £5 per child, (£4 with a Kettering Leisure Pass) Free to Young Friends
Spooky Booty Bags - 2pm - 3pm
All materials are provided, £3 per child, (£2 with a Kettering Leisure Pass) Free to Young Friends
Booking is essential
Please call 01536 534219 to book!
Spooky film show (Caspar the Friendly Ghost) in the Market Place - 3pm - 5pm
Face Painting - 11am - 3pm
Scary Story Telling! - Throughout the day
Pumpkin Trail - Friday and Saturday at the Museum, Gallery and Library
- Any age
See prices listed in description
Archaeological Finds Surgery
- 26 November 2014 From 2:30pm
If you have found something that you would like to know more about, please bring it along to one of these free sessions run by Northamptonshire's Finds Liaison Officer, Julie Cassidy. Please call in advance to check availability.
- Any age
Free to all!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
How to obtain
Please contact the Museum Officer on: 01536 535 609 or at email@example.com. Display dimensions are downloadable on our website.
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.