Peterborough Museum

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, Heritage site

Opening hours

Open Tues-Sun 10.00-17.00
Bank Holiday Mondays – 10am– 5pm
Mondays (School holidays only) – 10am – 5pm

Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day & Good Friday. We are closed Mondays during term time.

Admission charges

Free admission; donations welcome.

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.
Enamel necklaces hanging in a row

Enamel jewellery workshop

  • 29 September 2018 10am-4pm

Create beautiful enamel jewellery in this one-day workshop.

Join contemporary jewellery designer Louise Denney to learn the basics of enamelling including how to prepare the metal, apply enamels, kiln fire the enamels and how to decorate. By the end of the workshop, you’ll have turned your design into a unique piece of jewellery.

Copper shapes will be used for enamelling. If you wish to use your own silver, please bring it along. Lunch is included in the cost of the workshop.

Booking is essential for all our workshops. To book, please click here or call Peterborough Museum at 01733 864663. If you require any further information, please call the Museum or email museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£50 per person, includes lunch

Website

https://vivacity.org/whatson/heritage/historical-skills-workshops/enamel-jewellery/

Page of Calligraphy

Foundational Calligraphy Workshop

  • 13 October 2018 10am-4pm
  • 2 February 2019 10am-4pm

Discover the fundamental principles of calligraphy in this workshop perfect for beginners. Learn the foundational script using a dip pen and ink, and explore how to construct letters through demonstrations and individual practice. With personalised support, you’ll create a bookmark, greetings card or short quotation. Plus take home all the equipment you’ll need to put your new skills into action! Lunch is included in the cost of the workshop. Booking is essential. Call Peterborough Museum on 01733 864663.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Admission

£55 per person. Includes lunch.

Website

https://vivacity.org/whatson/heritage/historical-skills-workshops/calligraphy-workshop/

close up of italic script calligraphy poem

Italic script calligraphy

  • 17 November 2018 10am-4pm

This workshop is a follow-up for those who have attended a foundational workshop for beginners, or who already have some experience of calligraphy. Learn how to construct the 26 minuscule letters of the italic script, to write a short poem or quote. Please bring your calligraphy equipment; although some materials will be available to purchase on the day.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children
  • 18+

Where

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
PE1 1LF
England

Getting there

Peterborough Museum is situated in Peterborough City Centre, on Priestgate, a minute’s walk from the main shopping areas and two minutes’ walk from the Queensgate Shopping Centre, the Bus Station or the Railway Station.

The city of Peterborough is conveniently located just off the A1, and is on the main East Coast railway line, less than an hour’s journey from London.

There is no parking at the Museum except for one disabled parking space; if you would like to use this, please let us know in advance so that we can reserve it.

There are plenty of places to park in the City Centre and the most convenient ones for the Museum are the Trinity Street Car Park, or Car Haven on Bishop’s Road.

For a full list of car parks in the City Centre managed by Peterborough City Council, visit https://www.peterborough.gov.uk/residents/parking/

If you’re using a sat nav to find us, our postcode is PE1 1LF.

Services and facilities

Admission

£45 per person, includes lunch

Website

https://vivacity.org/whatson/heritage/historical-skills-workshops/italic-script-calligraphy-workshop/

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.

Peterborough Museum
Priestgate
Peterborough
Cambridgeshire
PE1 1LF
England

Website

www.vivacity-peterborough.com/museums-and-heritage/peterborough-museum/

E-mail

All enquiries

museum@vivacity-peterborough.com

Telephone

All enquiries

01733 864663

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.
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