Kirkleatham Museum was opened in 1981. It is located in Kirkleatham Old Hall which was built in 1709 as a 'Free School' by the local Turner family. Nearby are several listed buildings worthy of a visit. We have a new education facility and an excellent cafe. As well as permanent exhibitions we have a regular temporary exhibition programme, highlighting local artistic talent in the 'Little Gallery' and Pavilion.
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Christmas through to New Year.
Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Natural Sciences, Science and Technology, Social History
The Saxon Princess
- 28 May 2011 — 5 September 2016 *on now
A new exhibition which is the culmination of an exciting six year archaeological project at Loftus, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. The findings date back to the 7th century and are unparalleled in the Anglo-Saxon world. Some pieces include precious metal jewellery from a Saxon princess, beads and a reconstruction of the Royal bed burial will form part of the exhibition. The exhibition includes a replica Anglo-Saxon house, an audio-visual display and the chance to learn how these people lived their lives.
- Any age
- Family friendly
Museum - Top Floor
Street house before the Saxons
- 1 November 2014 — 1 November 2016 *on now
Dr Sherlock returns to Kirkleatham Museum to unveil more artefacts linked to the highly successful Saxon Princess Exhibition, a stunning showcase of some of the finest Anglo Saxon finds from Northern England.
Archaeological excavations to the north of Loftus between 1979 and 2004 present a wealth of evidence of how people lived in East Cleveland over the last 5,000 years. The results of the excavations are presented in the exhibition Street House before the Saxons and opens its doors to visitors on Saturday 12th July 2014 at Kirkleatham Museum Redcar.
The exhibition shows the varied range of sites, and the finds demonstrate how people were living in this part of North East Yorkshire thousands of years ago. The excavations have found a Neolithic cairn (3000 BC), Bronze Age burial sites, the remains of a timber house and two timber circles that date to around 2000 BC. During the Iron Age (300 BC), families were living in a settlement, growing crops and rearing animals. A Roman villa (AD 370) was found in the next field where people were making jet jewellery and pottery, and trading products around the area. This location became the setting for an Anglo-Saxon village, the home of a Saxon Princess.
This exhibition tells the story of the dig through photographs, two films, archaeological objects and offers the chance for children to find out about Roman life and dress up as a Roman!
- Family friendly