Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens

Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens
Newarke Houses Museum
The Newarke
Leicester
Leicestershire
LE2 7BY
England

Website

Leicester Museums & Galleries website

www.leicester.gov.uk/museumsandgalleries

E-mail

Enquiries

museums@leicester.gov.uk

Telephone

General

0116 225 4980

Fax

0116 225 4982

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Re-opened after a major refurbishment, Newarke Houses Museum tells the story of 20th century Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment. The new displays include room settings from the 1950s and 70s, a cinema experience, a collection of toys from Tudor to present day and a play area for children to try various games. Two dedicated community galleries tell the story of ‘Moving Here’ and settling in Leicester. There is also a new gallery for Leicester’s famous son Daniel Lambert and a 1950s street scene inspired by Wharf Street that includes the Jolly Angler public house, a grocer and a pawnbroker, with sounds and conversations from the times. The story of Leicester at War is told, including what happened on the home front and the history of the Regiment through personal stories, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting. Also discover the history of Newarke Houses and the surrounding area. A variety of different techniques tell these stories, including oral histories, archive film, computer interactives and newly acquired objects.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Newarke Houses Museum incorporating the Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment reopened June 2007 after major refurbishment.

Monday - Saturday: 10.00am - 5.00pm
Sunday: 11.00am - 5.00pm

Closed: 24, 25, 26, 31 December 2013 and 1 January 2014.

Admission charges

Admission to the museum is free. Certain events and exhibitions may have a charge.

The new displays include room settings from the 1950s and 70s, a cinema experience, a collection of toys from Tudor to present day and a play area for children to try various games. Two dedicated community galleries tell the story of ‘Moving Here’ and settling in Leicester. There is also a new gallery for Leicester’s famous son Daniel Lambert and a 1950s street scene inspired by Wharf Street that includes the Jolly Angler public house, a grocer and a pawnbroker, with sounds and conversations from the times. The story of Leicester at War is told, including what happened on the home front and the history of the Regiment through personal stories, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting. Also discover the history of Newarke Houses and the surrounding area. A variety of different techniques tell these stories, including oral histories, archive film, computer interactives and newly acquired objects.

Collection details

Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Music, Personalities, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War, World Cultures

Key artists and exhibits

  • Daniel Lambert
  • Social History
  • Migration
  • Royal Leicestershire Regiment
  • The Tigers
  • Military History
  • World War I
  • World War II
  • Leicester History
  • Toys
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
The Royal Leicestershire Regiment Gallery

The Royal Leicestershire Regiment Gallery

  • 1 January — 31 December 2014 *on now

Follow the story of The Royal Leicestershire Regiment reflecting on its many campaigns, individual acts of bravery and the every day life of a soldier. The gallery looks at Regimental life through the eyes of ordinary soldiers and of the people at home and explores how they were affected by war.

Discover a recreation of a First World War trench, complete with sounds and smells, highlighting the stoicism and bravery of those involved. The objects on display span the 1600s to 1960s and include ‘tools for the job’, letters home, ‘bounty’, uniforms, weapons, souvenirs, letters, campaign stories and personal recollections.

Study zones, interactive touch screens, oral histories, archive films and a fantastic collection of objects all make these galleries well worth a visit.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/your-council-services/lc/leicester-city-museums/museums/newarkehouses/the-galleries/regiment

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.
Leicester Clothes The World

Leicester - My Home & Moving Here

  • 12 March 2011 — 31 December 2015 *on now

Discover Leicester’s urban and industrial heritage, it’s long existence as a market town, the impact of the arrival of industry and how people have often moved here for work.

The 'Leicester - My Home & Moving Here' galleries feature a host of interesting products from when ‘Leicester Clothed the World’ including well-known hosiery and shoe brands from yesteryear.

The new galleries provide an insight into the people of Leicester and where they worked through a series of evocative photographs and original advertising. The galleries are a must for those who have worked in Leicester’s hosiery and boot and shoe trades and to students of fashion, design and architecture.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Where

Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens

Admission

Free admission

Website

http://www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

photograph of ww1 biplane

Images of World War One

  • 7 September 2014 2-3pm

Images of the Great War are explored in this talk by the curator of fine art, Simon Lake. Examples from the German expressionist collection along with British artworks are used to show the horrors of the conflict and its aftermath. Artists explored include Otto Dix, Frank Brangwyn, Johannes Koelz and Terence Cuneo. Q and A included.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£3.00 per person. Booking essential.

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