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
- 15 July — 14 October 2017 *on now
From table manners to 'grow your own' to the latest gadgets, learn how our food fashions have changed throguhout the years.
- Any age
- 21 October 2017 — 13 January 2018
From opticians to operatics, discover how the 'shoe grocers' of Kettering came together to shape the working and family life of the town. Including personal stories and donated objects, this exhibition celebrates the story of the local Co-op movement.
- Any age
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.
Manor House Museum
01536 534 219