Hinckley and District Museum

Painting of museum cottages.
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Local history museum housed in a row of half-timbered thatched cottages dating from the seventeenth century.
The museum has been open to the public since 1995.

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Opening hours

Easter Monday to the end of October:
Sat & Bank Holiday Mon 1000-1600
Sun 1400-1700
Also Mon in August (which are not Bank Holidays) 1100-1500
Last admission 30 minutes before closing.
Open at any time for groups by appointment (Easter - October).

Admission charges

Adults 50p.
Children 25p.
Free to Friends of the Museum.
Minimum charge for group visit (by appointment) £10.
Special event days may be different charges.


  • Museums Association

Local and social history of Hinckley and district, including the hosiery and boot and shoe industries.

Collection details

Archaeology, Industry, Weapons and War

Key artists and exhibits

  • Framework knitter`s cottage tableau with a stocking frame of c.1740.
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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days: Hinckley and District Museum

  • 11 — 12 September 2015

Visit the last surviving thatched timber box frame cottages in Hinckley, dating from the 1680s, which house a museum of local history. The roof was re-thatched 2014/5 with support from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Once lived in by framework knitters you can see a stocking frame of c.1740. New for 2015 are displays on the local men at the Battle of Waterloo (1815) and at Gallipoli (1915)
old Hinckley in photographs and objects
the Barwell Meteorite
the re-thatching of the cottages
and John Nichols author of the first history of Hinckley (1782).

Children`s quiz and colouring sheets.

Cottage garden and tearoom are also open.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
  • 18+



Hinckley and District Museum
Framework Knitters Cottages
Lower Bond Street
LE10 1QU


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