Rutland County Museum
Family History and Local Studies
Rutland County Museum is the perfect introduction to England's smallest county. The Museum is a guide to the history of Rutland and includes displays of local archaeology, history and an extensive rural life collection. The site itself is also remarkable as the Museum is set in the old riding school of the Rutland Fencible Cavalry. Regular events and cinema screenings are shown under the banner of "Live @ the Museum"
Mon, Wed, Fri 10.00 - 16.00
Sat 10.00 - 16.00
Sun, Tues, Thurs - Closed
Bank Holidays - Closed
Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve, New Year's Day and Good Friday
Public pay-and-display car parks within easy walking distance.
The Museum has an extensive rural life collection, including tractors, farm equipment and waggons on display in the Riding School and in the adjoining Courtyard, where can be found the game larder of Lord Lonsdale, one of the famous Rutland characters whose stories can be found here.
The collections include a wide range of rural tradesmen's tools, domestic and social history material, Rutland's standard weights and measures, and local archaeology.
Agriculture, Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Law and Order, Personalities, Social History, Toys and Hobbies
Key artists and exhibits
- One special exhibit is the early 13th century Limoges enamel reliquary from Rutland's only priory at Brooke, found in 1805 and acquired for the museum in 1997 with grant aid from the National Art Collections Fund, the V&A/MGC Purchase Grant Fund, and the museum's Friends.
- The jewel of our tractor collection is a 1916 Saunderson Model G, purchased with the assistance of the Friends and the Science Museum.
'The Secret Lives of Seventeenth Century Farmers'
It involves nothing about farming, but involves walking down a lane in Seaton and finding treason, torture, faith; fame; fortune; regicide; suicide; mysteries and strange goings on.
All of which were never supposed to be associated with a village where nothing important ever happened.....allegedly. It shall involve an excursion across the fields to Thorpe.
- Any age