Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

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Rugby Art Gallery and Museum opened in spring 2000 in a purpose built contemporary building. The building is also home to the World Rugby Hall of Fame.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery

Opening hours

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 4pm
Bank Holidays 10am - 4pm

Closed: Sundays & Mondays

Admission charges

Free Entry

The Rugby Collection of 20th century and contemporary British art including prints and paintings by Stanley Spencer, Bridget Riley, L S Lowry and Lucian Freud. The Collection is not on permanent display but is shown for several weeks annually.
The Archaeology Gallery showcases Roman artifacts from Tripontium, an important Roman settlement near Rugby. Other recent finds are also display
The Social History Collection has a changing programme of exhibitions displaying objects reflecting Rugby's industrial history, impact of war and the changing pattern of family life.

Collection details

Social History, Fine Art, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Tripontium
  • Rugby Collection
  • Bridget Riley
  • Stanley Spencer
  • Lucian Freud
  • L S Lowry
  • Barbara Hepworth
  • Paula Rego
  • Paul Nash
  • Walter Sickert
  • Prunella Clough
  • Louis le Brocquy
  • Leon Kossoff
  • Humphrey Spender
  • David Tindle
  • Carel Weight
  • Evelyn Williams
  • Christopher Wood
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
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Peter Rabbit Mischief and Mayhem

  • 26 January — 27 April 2019 *on now

Peter Rabbit hops, skips and jumps off the page in this interactive exhibition about Beatrix Potter's most famous character.

The exhibition tells the story of the creation of Peter Rabbit, whose popularity transcends generations and includes original, rarely exhibited artworks and manuscripts. It also reveals a fresh insight into the innovative way Beatrix Potter developed Peter Rabbit as a character and loveable brand.

LAUNCH Saturday 26 January 2018, 11am - 2pm - All Welcome

Younger visitors will love the activity play room and can help Mrs Tiggy-Winkle hang up the laundry, plant carrots in Mr. McGregor's garden, visit Mrs. Rabbit in her burrow or curl up with one of the books in the story corner.

This exhibition and events programme is supported by:
The River and Rowing Museum Henley on Thames, The Heritage Lottery Fund; The Wildlife Trusts Warwickshire; Warwickshire County Council; Penguin Ventures, Asda Community Life, Farrow and Ball, Soil Association; Rugby Hedgehog Improvement Area and Rugby Wyevale Garden Centre.

Suitable for

  • Any age


From left to right  Harris School prefects October 1962. In the centre is the school's headmaster Cyril Wellington.  The netball team at Arnold High School, Rugby in December 1922.  Photograph of student Edith Morris  A classroom and children all seated at their desks in the last days of County Junior School, Chapel Street

Educating Rugby

  • 26 January — 27 April 2019 *on now
  • 7 May — 22 June 2019
  • 2 July — 7 September 2019

Before the Elementary Education Acts of 1876 and 1880, which made it compulsory for children to attend school, teaching was mainly offered in monasteries, convents, ladies seminaries and dame schools.

Rugby had just three traditional schools before the landmark education Acts came into force - Lawrence Sheriff's School, located at its Clifton Road site since 1748, The Free Grammar School, now Rugby School and established in 1567, and Richard Elborow's School, which was established between High Street and Sheep Street in 1707 and catered for just 30 pupils.

But from the 1870s, and with the number of children in Rugby boosted by the boom in the town's railway and manufacturing industries, demand for school places surged and led to the foundation of many schools which still teach pupils today.

Educating Rugby exhibits include school uniforms, badges, ties and scarves, together with historic photographs, including Rugby High School at its former Clifton Road site, West Central Girls School, Harris School and Murray School.

Other objects on display include school reports, exercise books and newsletters, including copies of Lawrence Sheriff School's The Griffin, The Matthewian and The Dunsmorian.

Exhibition closed 28th April to 6th May and 23rd June to 1st July for art gallery changeovers.

Image credit: © 'When the Golden Sun is Sinking (2019.04)’ Indre Serpytyte


  • 7 May — 22 June 2019

Serpytyte is concerned with the impact of conflict and war on history and perception. She works with photography, sculpture and installation.

GRAIN Projects commissioned Serpytyte to collaborate on research and make new work.
This new project will be exhibited in partnership with Rugby Art Gallery & Museum.

It is estimated that throughout both World Wars, the Ministry of Munitions employed around a million female munitions workers in thousands of arms factories. These women played a crucial role in Britain’s strategy of “total war”. especially after Britain’s shell crisis in 1915 when there was a severe shortage of artillery shells on the front line. The women worked extremely long hours as production was focused on a 24-hour shift pattern with only one day off a week.

Using archive material from Midlands collections as well as from the Imperial War Museum Serpytyte has examined the relationship between widely publicised propaganda images of the female factory workforce, as part of a political project of moral boosting, and the images, accounts and ephemera that tell the largely hidden and forgotten story of the so-called ‘munitionettes.’ In her work she will look at the history of female work and life in the context of war, violence and political strategy as well as the home as a place of waiting, loss and a repository for memory and objects. Domestic objects on shelves and mantlepieces provided keep sakes as well as reminders of lives and death. Most unsettling are the vases made from spent ammunition shells, many of which were made by women in munitions factories, decorated by soldiers and sent home for ornamentation.

In her work Serpytyte will use these vases as a way to explore the complex relationship between domesticity, ornament, labour, class, gender, war and trauma. The work will explore the objects and materials of war.

Exhibitions Partners: Grain Projects; Arts Council England Lottery Funded.

Suitable for

  • Any age


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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Relaxed Hour

  • 21 February — 2 September 2019 *on now
  • 25 April 2019 3:30-5pm *on now
  • 26 July 2019 3:30-5pm
  • 2 November 2019 3:30-5pm
  • 28 December 2019 3:30-5pm

Come along to this dedicated timeslot where they can explore in your own time without the usual day to day distractions and take park in facilitated workshop.

Using the ‘Kids in Museums -Autism Guidelines’ and meeting with the Rugby Autism Network, we have implemented some suggestions from this partnership.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 11-13
  • 14-15
  • 16-17
Peter Rabbit Mischief and Mayhem

The Good Times Project

  • 26 April 2019 1:30-3:30pm

22 February - Create decorative felt flowers
29 March - Easter themed crafts
26 April - Clay toadstools

Booking recomended

We have a wealth of activities throughout our free exhibition Peter Rabbit Mischief and Mayhem for children and adults. The exhibition dates 26th January - 27th April 2019 please see website for more details and opening times.

Suitable for

  • 18+
All Hail Ceasar! Illustrative Image of Roman characters, architecture and coins

Night at your Museum - Roman Adventure

  • 17 May 2019 5:30-7pm, 7-8:30pm, 8:30-9:30pm

Experience life under Roman rule and learn how modern Britain was shaped by these invaders.

Learn about the rotten Romans and get the wrong end of the stick in the Roman toilet
Visit our market street and see some genuine Roman artefacts
Watch Roman crafts people demonstrating their trade
Create a Roman coin or wreath head-dress
Give a thumbs up or thumbs down to our Roman gladiators fighting for honour

Family time slots 5.30-7.00pm and 7.00-8.30pm

Supported by Rugby Library

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13


Adults and older children (1 hour) 8.30-9.30pm
£2.50 per person
Suitable for over 4s
Tickets are limited, advanced booking is essential


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

Education Packs for schools

Education packs designed to assist teachers in school trips to Rugby Art Gallery ang Museum. The packs contain activities for the children complete based on exhibits displayed and extra activities performed within the museum.

How to obtain

Contact Rugby Art Gallery and Museum on 01788 533201 to talk about booking a trip.

Loan Boxes

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum has loan boxes available to schools and organisations for a maximum period of two weeks. There are five different subjects available for loan: Romans, Victorians, World War II, Rugby Through The Ages and William Webb Ellis.
Prices usually £5 but can vary depending on terms of use and can be discussed upon contact with the gallery.

How to obtain

Contact a member of staff at the gallery to request a box and the dates required. This will be confirmed via the telephone

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum
Little Elborow Street
CV21 3BZ

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01788 533201

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.