Jewry Wall Museum
At Jewry Wall Museum you can discover the archaeology of Leicester’s past and find out about the people of Leicester from prehistoric times to the medieval period.
A special display on the history of archaeology in Leicester, ‘Archaeology and Endeavour’ explains why our city has such rich and interesting museum collections and includes a stunning display of extremely rare medieval glass from Wygston’s House.
The museum grounds contain one of Leicester’s most famous landmarks, the Jewry Wall, part of the Roman town's public baths. It is one of the tallest surviving pieces of Roman masonry in the country.
The celebration of Leicester’s Roman history continues inside the museum, with stunning collections including detailed mosaics, intricate painted wall plaster and a beautiful Roman cavalry helmet cheekpiece.
Complementing our Roman archaeology collections, there are fascinating artefacts from other eras. From ancient stone tools to striking medieval decorated tiles from Leicester Abbey, there's something to interest the whole family.
Museum, Archaeological site
Open daily: 11.00am - 4.30pm (February - October)
Closed: November - January apart from special events
There is a car park adjacent to the museum, within St. Nicholas Circle. Wheelchair access is available from Holy Bones, through Vaughan College private car park. Please telephone in advance so that we can make sure the access through the car park is clear. The museum displays and toilet are entirely wheelchair accessible.
The adjacent museum tells the story of Leicester from prehistory through to the end of the medieval period. The museum holds Leicestershire's archaeological collections ranging in date from 300,000 years ago to the end of the Middle Ages. The Roman collections are particularly exciting and include what experts describe as the finest Roman mosaic in this country and three very rare examples of magnificent Roman wall painting.
'The Making of Leicester', a multi-media exhibition, tells the story of the City from the Iron Age to the year 2000. The exhibition focuses on the people who created Leicester's colourful history in a series of exciting formats. The centrepiece of the exhibition is the specially commissioned portraits of Leicester at different historical periods and the scientific re-creation of the faces of historic Leicester citizens from their skulls.
Archaeology, Costume and Textiles, Religion, Science and Technology, Trade and Commerce, Weapons and War
Key artists and exhibits
- Glen Parva Lady
- Blackfriars Pavement
- Peacock Mosaic
- Blue Boar Lane Wall Plaster
- Norfolk Street Villa Wall Plaster
Bath House Tour
- 11 July 2015 2-3pm
Join us for a free guided tour of the Roman Bath House.
Meet at the museum entrance.
- Any age
No booking necessary.
Romans and Barbarians at the Jewry Wall Museum
- 12 July 2015 11:30am-3:30pm
The Friends of Jewry Wall Museum proudly present Romans and Barbarians.
Review the Roman Army on parade, see demonstrations of Roman arms and armour, watch Roman army training and strike your very own Roman coin.
Examine a display on prehistoric food, enjoy a talk on the Corieltauvi Iron Age tribe, get creative with craft activities, and as an exciting climax a barbarian warrior queen will arrive on her war chariot and defy the might of Rome!
Fun and games for all the family.
A walk around historic Leicester
- 15 July 2015 2-4pm
Join archaeologist Peter Liddle for a walk round the historic core of Leicester. We will be looking at the remains of Roman and Medieval Leicester, including Leicester Castle. There may not be time to enter all of the buildings en route but enough time to gain a thorough idea of the historic landscape.
Vikings! and the Borough of Leicester Re-enactment and Living History
- 26 July 2015 11:30am-3:30pm
A full Viking encampment will be set up amidst the Roman ruins of Leicester, just as it may have been during the 9th century when these lands fell under Viking rule.
See how the Northmen lived, make your own Viking coin and have a go at calligraphy under the supervision of Saxon monks.
Discover the different types of fighting man and their weapon techniques and realise the brutality of dark age warfare.
Just what was the influence of the Vikings on Leicester?
Light refreshments available.
Adults £2, children £1, group (two adults maximum) £5.
Jewry Wall Museum
St Nicholas Circle
Leicester Museums & Galleries website
0116 225 4971
0116 225 2455
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