12 Castle Way
The Wellingborough Museum is housed in Dulley's Baths, built in 1892 as an indoor swimming pool by David Dulley, a brewer in the town. In 1920, the building was bought by George Cox and converted into a shoe factory. Cox's moved to larger premises in 1995, and the building is now fitted out as the Wellingborough Museum. The building is 10,000 square feet in size, and displays the collection of artefacts owned by the Winifred Wharton Trust.
Monday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm. Open Bank Holiday Mondays.
Closed December 25th to January 1st inclusive.
Admission: Free, donations welcome.
Our new museum opened in May 2007 in Castle Way, Wellingborough, close to the Castle Theatre. Free parking is available in the nearby multi-storey car park, or the Castle's Theatre's car park, or on-street in Castle Road. We are free for entry, and remain an independent volunteer-staffed museum. On the ground floor is the shop, cafe, and Victorian pool area, and our downstairs gallery covering the period from pre-history to 1945. In the upper gallery are room and shop settings mainly from the 20th Century. The Dulley Room, a multi-purpose function room seating 100 people, is available for exhibitions, school, and conference use. This room is equiped with DVD projector and sound system, also with staging, and is regularly used by the Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust for film shows.
Representatives of the Northamptonshire Family History Society are at the museum every third Saturday of the month, from 10.30am to 3pm to answer questions and advise on research.
Of particular note is our World War I trench, This is open for tours on some Saturdays and on selected days in school holidays. Check our monthly newsletter on our website or look on Facebook.
A typical market-town collection of mainly social items relating to Wellingborough and district. The Dulley's Baths building is 10,000 square feet. The lower gallery shows the Borough's history from earliest times up to the Second World War. The upper gallery shows show the 20th Century, mainly in room and shop settings. We have the Wilby Way archaeological collection including an Iron-Age skeleton, and the Irchester Hoard of coins from c400AD.
Weapons and War, Toys and Hobbies, Social History, Science and Technology, Medicine, Industry, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology, Agriculture
Key artists and exhibits
- Themes of particular interest to the museum are:
- The lacemaking industry
- Mick Mannock the First World War fighter pilot
- The bombing of Wellingborough
- Wellingborough Zoopark
- The Corn Exchange/Regal Cinema
- The Railway
- Second World War
- Agricultural artefacts
- Wartime living room
- Wartime kitchen
- Ironmonger's shop
- Haberdashery shop
- Television Radio and Film
- Post Office sorting room
- Model Railway layout of Wellingborough Midland Road Station
- Factory stationary engine
- Invalid Tricycle
- Baker's Oven
- Hannah Sparke and the Great Fire of Wellingborough
- Penny-Farthing Bicycle
- Funeral Bier
- Scale model farm carts
- Old maps
Talks given by re-enactor as Roman centurion, also as World War I soldier.