Peterborough Museum

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1LF
England

Website

www.vivacity-peterborough.com

E-mail

museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Telephone

01733 864663

Fax

01733 341928

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Peterborough Museum Building
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Peterborough Museum is a fascinating and fun place to visit for all the family, right in the heart of the city centre. Having recently undergone a £3.2 million redevelopment (we open again on 31st March 2012) we're looking better than ever and 2012 is going to be an exciting year for Peterborough Heritage! General admission to the Museum is free, we hope you enjoy your visit, and that you will want to come back and see us regularly – there is always something different to see or do throughout the year. We are a Visit Britain Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance scheme attraction.

Priestgate dates back to the twelfth century (when the current town plan was set down by the monks of Peterborough abbey) and the first recorded house on the site was built in the 16th century (a grand mansion for the Orme family), although the current building dates from 1816. It was the town house of newly-weds, Thomas and Charlotte Cooke. In 1856 the Priestgate mansion was sold to the 3rd Earl Fitzwilliam who allowed it to be used as the city's first hospital, the Peterborough Infirmary, from 1857 until 1928. This impressive Georgian building became the museum in 1931 and an art gallery was added in 1939.

Many of the original Georgian features can still be seen today, as can traces of its use as a hospital - as part of the recent redevelopment, the original operating theatre has been restored and visitors will be able to visit it for the first time (the only one of its kind in the country)!

The Museum and its collections are owned by Peterborough City Council and are managed by Vivacity Culture & Leisure, a registered charitable trust.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home, Gallery

Opening hours

Open Tues-Sat 10.00-17.00
Sundays – 12noon – 4pm
Bank Holidays – 12noon – 4pm
Mondays (School holidays only) – 10am – 5pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day & Good Friday. We are closed Mondays during term time and only accepting pre-booked groups.

Admission charges

Free admission

Admission charges may apply to special exhibitions or events.

Getting there

The Museum is in Peterborough city centre, a very short walk (a minute or two) from city centre shops and the Cathedral. It is also a two minute walk from the bus station. Peterborough train station is on the East Coast mainline, and the Museum is a short walk (less than 5 minutes) along a signposted route from the station. Peterborough is conveniently located just off the A1. Follow signs towards the city centre and use city centre car parks. There is limited disabled parking available on-site.

The collections housed at Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery can be seen on display in the permanent galleries, in temporary exhibitions or by arrangement to view from the reserve collections.

There are over 212,000 objects, which have been collected over 130 years, now in the care of Peterborough Museum and Art Gallery. In 1968, the museum and its collections were presented to the City of Peterborough by the Museum Society (founded 1871, as the Peterborough Natural History Society and Field Club).

The collections cover a great many subjects and some are of national and international importance, such as the Norman Cross Prisoner-of-War Craft work, the Jurassic marine reptile fossils, finds from Roman Peterborough and the original manuscripts of the famous poet John Clare.

Collection details

Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Land Transport, Literature, Maritime, Medicine, Music, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Photography, Science and Technology, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
procession

War Stories: Lecture Series

  • 26 November 2014 From 7pm
  • 10 December 2014 From 7pm
  • 15 December 2014 From 7pm
  • 17 December 2014 From 7pm

In the year that marks the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War, join us as we explore the conflict in this series of expert talks. From tales of your ancestors to the stories of nations, discover more about the Great War.

Unlock the Secrets of Your Family Military Photos-
Neil Storey
Mon 17 November, 7pm
Discover how details on photographs and postcards taken during the First World War can tell you so much more about your ancestors. Specialist collector and expert Neil Storey encourages the audience to bring their own items along.

Edith Cavell: “Patriotism is not enough”
Don Chiswell
Wed 19 November, 7pm
There are numerous places throughout the world with hospitals, car parks, roads – even a mountain – named after Edith Cavell. How did this come about? Why did a nurse from Norfolk become an international icon? And how does the legend compare with history?

Peterborough at War: 1914-1918
David Gray
Mon 24 November, 7pm
Explore Peterborough’s story during World War I from a military and Home Front perspective. Discover the only woman from the city who was killed in the war, the demise of the Bridge Fair and the experiences of a Peterborough soldier during the Christmas Truce of 1914.

Britain 1914-1918: A Nation in Arms?
Prof Ian Beckett
Wed 26 November, 7pm
Ian Beckett, Professor of Military History at the University of Kent and author of Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived the Great War will explore the story of Britain at war. Discover how recruitment, conscription, the
Volunteer Training Corps and the role of women shaped the country during World War I.

The Frederick Frank Story
Stephen Perry
Wed 10 December, 7pm
Hear the fascinating story of Frederick Frank who came to England from Germany in 1871 aged just 15. He served the people of Peterborough his quality pork products for over 30 years before the outbreak of World War I; then the people turned on him and his family with the riot act being read.

Landships: The Tank in World War I
Stuart Orme
Mon 15 December, 7pm
Was the tank the wonder weapon of World War I or a propaganda tool? Also revealed, the eclectic and downright Heath-Robinson contraptions invented by many nations, as well as the role Peterborough played in the creation and
manufacture of the tank.

The First World War in an Hour
Dr Sean Lang
Wed 17 December, 7pm
We’ve all heard of the trenches and going over the top but was there any shape to the First World War? Was there a plan to win it, bring it to an end and save a few lives in the process? Dr Sean Lang, Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University and author of First World War for Dummies will reveal all.

All talks will be held in the John Clare Theatre, Central Library, Peterborough PE1 1RX. Tickets £5 and £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

This lecture series is held alongside Peterborough Museum’s exhibition – War Stories: Peterborough in the Great War – which runs until 4 Jan 2015. Using the personal stories of local people and many rarely seen items from the Museum’s collections, the exhibition looks at the experiences of those who went away to fight, and those who were left on the Home Front.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library
Broadway
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1RX
England

Additional info

The John Clare Theatre is on the first floor of the Central Library building on Broadway, and seats 142 people.

Admission

Tickets £5 and £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/war-stories-lecture-series

Book Cover: Home Front 1914-1918 How Britain Survived the Great War

Britain 1914-1918: A Nation in Arms?

  • 26 November 2014 From 7pm

Ian Beckett, Professor of Military History at the University of Kent and author of “Home Front 1914-1918: How Britain Survived the Great War” will explore the story of Britain at war. Discover how recruitment, conscription, the Volunteer Training Corps and the role of women shaped the country during World War I.

Professor of Military History at the University of Kent, Ian Beckett has previously he has held chairs in both Britain and the United States. He is Chairman of the Council of the Army Records Society and Secretary of the Buckinghamshire Military Museum Trust. He is internationally known for his work on the First World War, and on the history of the British Army.

£5 adults, £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com. For more information visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com

This event is part of our War Stories: Lecture Series marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. From tales of your ancestors to stories of nations, discover more about the Great War in this series of expert talks. To find out more visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/war-stories-lecture-series

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Languages

  • English

Where

John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library
Peterborough Central Library
Broadway
Peterborough
Cambridgshire
PE1 1RX

Admission

£5 adults, £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com. For more information visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/britain-1914-1918-a-nation-in-arms-with-ian-becket

Countdown

Festive Fun and Workshops

  • 29 November — 14 December 2014

Family Events

Yuletide of Yore!
Longthorpe Tower, 13 & 14 December, 10am – 5pm
£4 Adults, £3 Concessions, £10 Families
It’s 1371, Christmas is coming, and the Thorpe family will soon be home to celebrate! Join the servants at Longthorpe Tower as they prepare for the family’s return and find out how the festive season was celebrated in the Middle Ages. Help the cook prepare food for the Christmas feast, practice drill with the Tower guards, and children can make a medieval Christmas decoration to take away.

Christmas Countdown
Peterborough Museum, 29 November, 10:30am – 12:30pm
£5 per child; accompanying adults free
Start your countdown to Christmas in style and make an advent calendar garland with decorative paper, vintage festive images and ribbons! Suitable for ages 5+.

Christmas Bird Masks
Peterborough Museum, 29 November, 2 – 4pm
£5 per child; accompanying adults free
Design and make your own spectacular 3D paper sculpture bird mask. Decorate the snow white base with Christmassy decorations, as well as feathers that you’ll cut, curl and score from coloured paper.
Suitable for ages 6-10.

Brilliant Baubles
Peterborough Museum, 13 December, 10:30am – 12:30pm
£5 per child; accompanying adults free
Get creative and make sure your Christmas tree is a festive feast for the eyes with sequinned, shiny, recycled, filled and fruity baubles to make! Suitable for ages 5+.

All wrapped up!
Peterborough Museum, 13 December, 2 – 4pm
£5 per child; accompanying adults free
Make your presents extra special this year with handmade wrapping. With potato printed paper, unique tags and origami bows, you’ll have Christmas all wrapped up! Suitable for ages 5+.

Festive Felt
Peterborough Museum, 6 December, 10:30am-12:30pm or 2 – 4pm
£5 per child; accompanying adults free
Decorate your house with funky festive felt this year – from cute mice with candy cane tails, to 3D tree ornaments, they’ll be as fun to hang up as they are to make! Suitable for ages 5+.

Adult Events

Stained Glass Ornaments Workshop
Peterborough Museum, 30 November, 10am – 4pm
£65 per person
Learn the art of stained glass with Shedglas Designs and make unique Christmas decorations to take home. From cutting and grinding the glass to applying and soldering the pieces together this workshop will provide all the skills you need! All materials and lunch will be included. Over 16s only.

Festive Floristry Workshop
Peterborough Museum, 7th December, 10am-1pm
£30 per person.
Design and make a Christmas wreath and festive candle arrangement. Our experienced florist will guide you through the techniques used to make a luxury decorative wreath and festive candle arrangement for your home or to give as a gift. All materials provided, please bring your own snips or strong scissors. Over 16s only.

Willow Christmas Stars and Trees Workshop
Peterborough Museum, 14 December, 10am – 12:30pm or 1:30pm-4pm
£25 per person
Make beautiful Christmas decorations for inside or outside your home with expert weaver Sue Kirk. Using willow and rush, the workshop will cover techniques such as rose ties, two-ply cordage and god’s eyes – with opportunities to add personal touches! All materials provided. Over 12s only; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Various

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/festive-fun-and-workshops

Christmas Bird Mask

Christmas Bird Masks

  • 29 November 2014 From 2pm

Design and make your own spectacular 3D paper sculpture bird mask. Decorate the snow white base with Christmassy decorations, as well as feathers that you’ll cut, curl and score from coloured paper. Suitable for ages 6-10.

To book, call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864 663. For more information visitwww.vivacity-peterborough.com

Admission

£5 per child; accompanying adults free. Booking is essential as places are limited.

Countdown to Christmas

Christmas Countdown

  • 29 November 2014 From 10:30am

Start your countdown to Christmas in style and make an advent calendar garland with decorative paper, vintage festive images and ribbons! Suitable for ages 5+.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1LF

Admission

£5 per child; accompanying adults free. Booking is essential as places are limited.

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/family-crafts-christmas-countdown

Stained Glass

Stained Glass Ornaments Workshop

  • 30 November 2014 10am-4pm

Learn the art of stained glass with Shedglas Designs and make unique Christmas decorations to take home. From cutting and grinding the glass to applying and soldering the pieces together this workshop will provide all the skills you need! All materials and lunch will be included. Over 16s only.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1LF

Admission

£65 per person

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/stained-glass-ornaments-workshop-for-adults

Felt Bauble

Festive Felt

  • 6 December 2014 10:30am-12:30pm, 2-4pm

Decorate your house with funky festive felt this year – from cute mice with candy cane tails, to 3D tree ornaments, they’ll be as fun to hang up as they are to make! Suitable for ages 5+.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1LF

Admission

£5 per child; accompanying adults free

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/festive-felt

Christmas Wreath

Festive Floristry Workshop

  • 7 December 2014 10am-1pm

Design and make a Christmas wreath and festive candle arrangement. Our experienced florist will guide you through the techniques used to make a luxury decorative wreath and festive candle arrangement for your home or to give as a gift. All materials provided, please bring your own snips or strong scissors. Over 16s only.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1LF

Admission

£30 per person.

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/festive-floristry-workshop

Frederick Frank outside his butcher shop

The Frederick Frank Story

  • 10 December 2014 From 7pm

Come and hear the fascinating story of Frederick Frank who came to England from Germany in 1871 aged just 15 years. He served the people of Peterborough with his quality pork products for over 30 years before the outbreak of World War One. Then the people turned on him and his family with the riot act being read.

A well known local historian, Stephen Perry has been researching Peterborough’s history for many years – his talks are always insightful and entertaining!

£5 adults, £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com. For more information visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com

This event is part of our War Stories: Lecture Series marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. From tales of your ancestors to stories of nations, discover more about the Great War in this series of expert talks. To find out more visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/war-stories-lecture-series

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library
Broadway
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1RX

Admission

£5 adults, £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com. For more information visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/the-frederick-frank-story-with-stephen-perry

Wrapping Paper

All Wrapped Up!

  • 13 December 2014 2-4pm

Make your presents extra special this year with handmade wrapping. With potato printed paper, unique tags and origami bows, you’ll have Christmas all wrapped up! Suitable for ages 5+

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgshire
PE1 1LF

Admission

£5 per child; accompanying adults free

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/all-wrapped-up

Bauble

Brilliant Baubles

  • 13 December 2014 10:30am-12:30pm

Get creative and make sure your Christmas tree is a festive feast for the eyes with sequinned, shiny, recycled, filled and fruity baubles to make! Suitable for ages 5+.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1LF

Admission

£5 per child; accompanying adults free

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/brilliant-baubles

Medieval Christmas

Yuletide of Yore!

  • 13 — 14 December 2014 10am-5pm

It’s 1371, Christmas is coming, and the Thorpe family will soon be home to celebrate! Join the servants at Longthorpe Tower as they prepare for the family’s return and find out how the festive season was celebrated in the Middle Ages. Help the cook prepare food for the Christmas feast, practice drill with the Tower guards, and children can make a medieval Christmas decoration to take away.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Where

Longthorpe Tower
Thorpe Road
Longthorpe
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE3 6LU

Admission

No need to book, just drop-in. £4 Adults, £3 Children, Students and Concessions, Families £10 and Under 5s/Heritage Pass holders free.

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/yuletide-of-yore

Willow Star

Willow Christmas Stars and Trees Workshop

  • 14 December 2014 10am-12:30pm, 1:30-4pm

Make beautiful Christmas decorations for inside or outside your home with expert weaver Sue Kirk. Using willow and rush, the workshop will cover techniques such as rose ties, two-ply cordage and god’s eyes – with opportunities to add personal touches! All materials provided. Over 12s only; all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1LF

Admission

£25 per person

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/willow-christmas-stars-and-trees-workshop

tank

Landships: The Tank in World War I

  • 15 December 2014 From 7pm

Join Stuart Orme as he explores whether the Tank was the wonder weapon of World War I, a triumph of ingenuity over desperation, or a propaganda tool? The bizarre, eclectic and downright Heath-Robinson contraptions invented by many nations will also be revealed, as well as a look at the role that Peterborough played in the creation and manufacture of the tank.

£5 adults, £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com. For more information visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com

This event is part of our War Stories: Lecture Series marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. From tales of your ancestors to stories of nations, discover more about the Great War in this series of expert talks. To find out more visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/war-stories-lecture-series

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Where

John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library
Broadway
Peterborough
Cambridgshire
PE1 1RX

Admission

£5 adults, £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com. For more information visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/landships-the-tank-in-world-war-i-with-stuart-orme

First World War for Dummies

The First World War in an Hour

  • 17 December 2014 From 7pm

We’ve all heard of the trenches and going over the top but was there any actual shape to the First World War? Was there any sort of plan to win it, bring it to an end and save a few lives in the process? Dr Sean Lang, Senior Lecturer in History at Anglia Ruskin University and author of “First World War for Dummies” will reveal what it was.

£5 adults, £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com. For more information visitwww.vivacity-peterborough.com

This event is part of our War Stories: Lecture Series marking the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of the First World War. From tales of your ancestors to stories of nations, discover more about the Great War in this series of expert talks. To find out more visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/war-stories-lecture-series

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Languages

  • English

Where

John Clare Theatre, Peterborough Central Library
Broadway
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1RX

Admission

£5 adults, £4 concessions and Heritage Pass holders. To book call 01733 864 663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com. For more information visitwww.vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/dr-sean-lang-presents-the-first-world-war-in-an-ho

Getting there

The Museum is in Peterborough city centre, a very short walk (a minute or two) from city centre shops and the Cathedral. It is also a two minute walk from the bus station. Peterborough train station is on the East Coast mainline, and the Museum is a short walk (less than 5 minutes) along a signposted route from the station. Peterborough is conveniently located just off the A1. Follow signs towards the city centre and use city centre car parks. There is limited disabled parking available on-site.

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