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

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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.
Close up shot of lady in Tudor dress.

At Home with the Tudors

  • 31 January — 1 February 2015 *on now

Travel back in time to the 1500s, with a chance to meet Tudor characters such as the Barber Surgeon with his gruesome cures, mind your manners with a Tudor lady, handle arms and armour with our soldiers or try period food. Take part in family activities and crafts with a Tudor theme or go on one of our hourly tours to the rarely-seen Tudor cellars. This is a drop-in event, so there’s no need to pre-book!

Admission £3.50 adults, £2.50 concessions, £8 families, under 5s and Heritage Pass holders FREE. (Last admission 4pm). Call 01733 864663 or visit www.vivacity-peterborough.com for more information

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission £3.50 adults, £2.50 concessions, £8 families, under 5s and Heritage Pass holders FREE.

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/at-home-with-the-tudors

Vivacity Museum Logo on white background.

Young Explorers - Ice Age!

  • 5 February 2015 10-11:30am, 1-2:30pm

Our Young Explorer toddler sessions are a great opportunity to get up close to museum objects for children aged 2 – 5 years .
Each month, a different museum object is closely looked at and handled in one of the museum galleries with a related story, rhyme and craft.

Young Explorers occurs on the first Thursday of every month (term-time only)
Times: come for a morning or afternoon session: 10 – 11:30 am and 1 – 2:30 pm
Cost: £3 per participating child (accompanying babies and adults free)

This Month: Get up close to real woolly mammoth tusks and teeth in our Ice Age Gallery and enjoy the story ‘Oscar and Arabella’s Hot, Hot, Hot’
Then get crafty and make a woolly mammoth head mask before you stomp home!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per participating child (accompanying babies and adults free)

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/contact/

Watercolour Painting of a countryside scene.

Watercolour Workshop

  • 7 February 2015 10am-4pm
  • 28 February 2015 10am-4pm

Join professional painting tutor David Swinton, exhibiting at Peterborough Museum this month, to discover the secrets of watercolour that books don’t reveal! Learn basic skills such as plain and graded washes, wet-in-wet, drybrush and scumble, then use these to paint an original landscape. Plus take home all the equipment you’ll need to put your new skills into action!

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£55 per person. Booking is essential as places are limited. For bookings call 01733 864663, or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/watercolour-workshop

Photo of Calligraphy text and a fountain pen.

Calligraphy with Christine Robinson

  • 8 February 2015 10am-4pm

Got a special event coming up and want the invitations to be spectacular, or just want to add something special to next year’s Christmas cards? Then join experienced tutor Christine Robinson to discover the art of calligraphy.

Learn the foundational script using a dip pen and ink, and explore how to construct letters through demonstrations and individual practice. With personalised support, by the end of the day you’ll have designed and created a bookmark, greetings card or short quotation.

You can then take home all of the equipment you used during the day to try out your new calligraphy skills at home! Lunch is also included with this workshop.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£55 per person. Booking is essential as places are limited. For bookings call 01733 864663, or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/calligraphy-with-christine-robinson

Photo of children gathering reeds.

Flag Fen's Bronze Age Roundhouse lecture

  • 12 February 2015 From 7pm

Dr Francis Pryor, the archaeologist who discovered Flag Fen, and Ian Pycroft of Black Knight Historical, will take the audience on an historical journey from the discovery of roundhouse remains at Fengate, to restoring a reconstructed roundhouse at Flag Fen more than thirty years later.

Where

Flag Fen Archaeology Park
The Droveway,
Northey Road,
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE67QJ

Additional info

The site has toilets, a shop, a cafe and picnic areas. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available for visitor use.

Free car parking is available on site (no shaded cover) and reserved parking for coaches and people with disabilities. Due to there being livestock on site no dogs are allowed except care dogs.

Please be aware that as this is an archaeological site, the ground is uneven, sensible footwear is recommended.

Admission

Pre-booking for lectures is recommended. For more information and tickets please contact Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/flag-fens-bronze-age-roundhouse-lecture

Pawprints in a layer of snow.

The Big Thaw!

  • 16 — 20 February 2015

Oh no! Someone’s left the heating on too high over the winter, and the our Ice Age collection has defrosted! Our store is completely flooded so we can’t go in and we think something has escaped…

Can you help us hunt down what ancient creature has been brought back from extinction this February half-term…?

For more details call Peterborough Museum on (01733) 864663 or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission: £3.50 adults, £2.50 concessions, £8 families (under 5s and Heritage Pass Holders FREE). No need to book, just drop-in!

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/the-big-thaw

Image of reconstructed castor palace.

The hidden Roman palace at Castor: the second biggest building in Roman Britain

  • 19 February 2015 From 7pm

The Roman palace at Castor forms probably the second largest building in Roman Britain. Partly uncovered in the 1820s, it is only recently that the full plan of this once spectacular building has been reconstructed and the true importance of the site recognised.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Where

Flag Fen Archaeology Park
The Droveway,
Northey Road,
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE6 7QJ
England

Additional info

The site has toilets, a shop, a cafe and picnic areas. Mobility scooters and wheelchairs are available for visitor use.

Free car parking is available on site (no shaded cover) and reserved parking for coaches and people with disabilities. Due to there being livestock on site no dogs are allowed except care dogs.

Please be aware that as this is an archaeological site, the ground is uneven, sensible footwear is recommended.

Admission

£5 adults, £3 concessions & Heritage Pass holders

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/the-hidden-roman-palace-at-castor-the-second-bigge

Outdoor shot of baskets - handwoven.

Basket Weaving workshop with Sue Kirk

  • 1 March 2015 10am-5pm

Make your own large, tray-like basket from willow using round stake and strand basketmaking. Our expert tutor will guide you through traditional techniques such as tying in the slath, slyping, staking up, pairing, randing, three rod wale and a three rod border. With a variety of coloured willows available, each basket will be unique!

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children

Admission

£60 per person. Booking is essential as places are limited. For bookings call 01733 864663, or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Vivacity Museum logo on white background.

Young Explorers - Houses!

  • 5 March 2015 10-11:30am, 1-2:30pm

Our Young Explorer toddler sessions are a great opportunity to get up close to museum objects for children aged 2 – 5 years.
Each month, a different museum object is closely looked at and handled in one of the museum galleries with a related story, rhyme and craft.

Young Explorers occurs on the first Thursday of every month (term-time only)
Times: come for a morning or afternoon session: 10 – 11:30 am and 1 – 2:30 pm
Cost: £3 per participating child (accompanying babies and adults free)

Handle real local Roman roof tiles that are 2,000 years old in our Roman gallery. Enjoy the story ‘The 3 Little Pigs’ and then make your own house – what will you decorate your house with?

Suitable for

  • Family friendly
  • Especially for children

Admission

£3 per participating child (accompanying babies and adults free)

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/contact/

Shot of a selection of wool and spinning equipment.

Spinning and Weaving workshop

  • 7 March 2015 10am-4pm

Create your own cloth using ancient skills. Learn how to spin and ply wool using a drop spindle – a technique which dates back to prehistory. Then weave your thread on either a handheld heddle loom or using the tablet weaving method. Plus take home all the equipment you’ll need to put your new skills into action!

Where

Flag Fen Archaeology Park
The Droveway,
Northey Road,
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE6 7QJ

Admission

£60 per person. Booking is essential as places are limited. For bookings call 01733 864663, or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/spinning-and-weaving-workshop

Close up of uncial script.

Learn the art of Uncial Calligraphy

  • 8 March 2015 10am-4pm

Perfect for those who have some experience of calligraphy, in this workshop you will learn how to construct the uncial script. Through tutor demonstrations and individual practice, you will write a short quotation and use simple decorative elements to enhance the text. Materials will be available for purchase at this workshop if required.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50 per person. Booking is essential as places are limited. For bookings call 01733 864663, or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/learn-the-art-of-uncial-calligraphy

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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