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.
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Terrible Trenches

  • 26 — 27 July 2014 10am-5pm *on now

Come long to our World War I living history day and find out! Meet costumed re-enactors as soldiers from the period, handle weapons and equipment and discover the real story of the British Tommy. Have a go at making a model tank, try the ‘Trench Rat Trail’ and much more!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission: £4 adults, £3 children/concessions, £10 families. For more details call (01733 864663.

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/terrible-trenches

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Fearsome First World War

  • 29 — 31 July 2014

Have fun discovering what life was like during the First World War. Meet a First World War solider and find out about his life at the front. Learn more with gallery tours of the War Stories exhibition and beyond. Join in our trail around the Museum and enjoy family craft activities.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.50 adults, £2.50 concessions, £8.00 families.

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/fearsome-first-world-war

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Silent Movies and Music Hall

  • 6 — 7 September 2014 10am-5pm

Join in sing-a-longs of popular wartime songs, watch silent films from the period or listen to readings of works from the War Poets. Try your hand at wartime craft activities and sample recipes from the period.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

£3.50 adults, £2.50 children/concessions, £8.00 families.

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/silent-movies-and-music-hall

Periscope rifle Gallipoli

Gas, Guns, Carbolic and Chloroform…

  • 11 — 12 October 2014 10am-5pm

As you arrive for your timed tour you will be given a service book for a named soldier, before being taken to the trenches. There you will learn about life on the front before being ‘wounded’, then taken on your tour around the Museum to themed areas to experience the stages of treatment undergone by injured servicemen a century ago, from the casualty clearing station to the field hospital, then back to England for an operation. You will finally learn in the recovery area the fate of your serviceman and how he fared after his treatment.

Suitable for

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

Admission

£6.00 adults, £4.00 children/concessions. Pre-booking recommended as spaces for each tour are very limited. For more details and bookings call 01733 864663.

Website

http://www.vivacity-peterborough.com/event/gas-guns-carbolic-and-chloroformandhellip

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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