Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens
Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens
Newarke Houses Museum
0116 225 4980
Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens incorporating the Museum of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.
Newarke Houses Museum is composed of two historic houses, Wygston's Chantry House and Skeffington House and tells the story of contemporary Leicester and the history of the Royal Leicestershire Regiment.
The museum displays include a cinema experience, a collection of toys from Tudor to present day and a play area for children to try various games.
Find out more about Leicester’s famous son Daniel Lambert and visit 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.
Discover more about the story of Leicester at War. Through personal stories find out about the home front and the history of the Regiment, including a recreation of a First World War trench with sound and lighting.
Through oral histories, archive film, computer interactives and collections discover the histories of Newarke Houses, the surrounding historic area and contemporary Leicester.
The museum also offers a range of meeting rooms available for private hire, school visits, meetings and birthday parties. Find out more about our meeting rooms.
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 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.
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
- Royal Leicestershire Regiment
- The Tigers
- Military History
- World War I
- World War II
- Leicester History
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.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Newarke Houses Museum & Gardens