Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens
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.
Open Monday - Saturday: 10am - 5pm, Sunday: 11am - 5pm
Free admission (small charge for certain activities on event days).
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
At The Front 1914 - 1918
- 1 July 2016 — 19 February 2017 *on now
At The Front is part of the nationwide commemoration of the start of the Battle of the Somme. The exhibition and supporting events programme profile the experiences of Leicestershire at the front focussing on the major battles of the Somme, Ypres and campaigns in the Middle East.
The exhibition details the physical welfare and morale of the soldiers and their families using objects, correspondence, posters, maps, a computer timeline, photographs and newly commissioned short films. The exhibition also includes interactives looking at communications between the home and the battle front.
At The Front complements the museum’s permanent galleries dedicated to the Royal Leicestershire Regiment including an atmospheric recreation of a First World War trench.
Part of a series of centenary exhibitions and events from 2014 – 2018. For details on Leicester’s commemorative activity, please visit our First World War website.
- Any age
Newarke Houses Museum and Gardens
Newarke Houses Museum
0116 225 4980