Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre

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Rothwell is a market town with many historic buildings and proud links to the past. The importance of Rothwell or Rowell in this context is recorded in the Domesday Book.

The Arts and Heritage Centre was established in 2003 by Rothwell Museum Group and Rothwell and Desborough Market Towns Initiative. It has become a place to celebrate and care for the traditions, artefacts and information about our local heritage.

Local artists display a wide range of water colour, oil, pastel, mixed media, ceramics and craft work in the first floor galleries. Work in the galleries is changed every eight weeks so there is always something new to see on your visit. Artists and craft workers are invited to contact the gallery secretary If they would like to exhibit work.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Open on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 10.30am to 1.00pm and at other times by prior arrangement for group visits.

A town tour of historic buildings can be included for group visits by prior arrangement.

Admission charges

Free, donations welcome

Additional info

Parking: Is free in the nearby Market Square
There is wheelchair access to the ground floor only but we are working to provide full DDA facilities.

Toilets for disabled not available at present. 15cms step at front door – assistance offered.

The collections consist mainly of items donated from local residents which reflect the town’s agricultural, industrial, social and cultural past. Currently the ground floor displays our heritage collections and in the first floor galleries are shown the work of the county’s artists and craft workers.
Study aids and talks available (enquire in advance).

Collection details

Agriculture, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Industry, Social History

Key artists and exhibits

  • Tools and working practices of the boot and shoe trade
  • Ironstone quarrying with steam engines carrying the ore to furnaces in Kettering and Corby
  • Artefacts and pictures of the William Ball works relating to his famous award winning plough and other agricultural implements.

Rothwell Arts and Heritage Centre
14-16 Bridge Street
NN14 6JW



01536 711550

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