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.
For more information, please see the website.
Museum, Historic house or home, Garden, parklands or rural site
Open 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 Local History 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
Play & Display: Paper & Card Toys
- 21 January — 22 April 2017 *on now
Paper and card toys have been commercially produced from the late 1700s and all kinds of affordable yet delightful toys have been produced since then. Shortages of metal and wood during the Second World War led to a revival in the popularity of paper and card toys. Today, templates can be easily downloaded from the internet.
Examples of toys on display include paper dolls, model theatres, puppets, panoramas and cut-out books. They date from the 1880s to the 1960s and reveal how paper toys have been endlessly updated to meet changing fashions.
- February Half Term Craft Activities 14 - 17 February 2017
- Paper Play Day, Thursday 16 February 2017, 10am - 3pm
Paper Play Day
- 16 February 2017 10am-3pm
Visit the Museum for lots of fun things to do with paper, including a Punch and Judy show, craft activities and much more!
FREE Entry - although there may be a charge for some activities
- Family friendly
Models in the Museum
- 4 March 2017 10am-3pm
Northants Model Makers was formed by a group of dedicated modellers in 2003 to encourage the art of modelling in all its forms.
Members all have their own specialities, and the club is open to modellers of all ages, abilities and interests.
- Family friendly
Lego Play Day
- 18 March 2017 11am-3pm
Make your own lego creations at this drop-in Lego Play Day!
Come along, ignite your imagination and get building with Lego for all ages. No booking required, just turn up.
- Especially for children
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 email@example.com
How to obtain
Please contact the Museum Officer on: 01536 535 609 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Manor House Museum
01536 534 219