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What Exhibitions are on at the Museum?

Kettering Faces: of the First World War

13 September – 15 November, FREE

WW1The First World War 1914-1918, was a turning point in world history. It claimed the lives of over 16 million people across the globe and had an impact on the lives of everyone.

‘Kettering Faces: of the First World War’ is presented in commemoration of the centenary of the start of the war. In the exhibition, the life stories of a selection of local Kettering Borough people will be revealed. Learn more about the war and life in Kettering Borough at the time, as told through the stories, photographs, letters and mementoes of local people, who experienced the effects of the war first-hand.


On the Wagon!

22 November – February 2015, FREE

On the WagonThe Temperance Movement of the 19th century aimed to control the drinking habits of the working classes. Many temperance groups required members to take the pledge not to drink alcohol, believing drink to be the first steps on the road to physical, moral and financial ruin.

The Temperance Movement in Kettering started in 1837 and at its peak in 1872, over 1000 members were claimed in the town - more than any other place in Northamptonshire.

In 2009, seven portraits were found in a Kettering town centre attic, depicting members of Kettering Temperance Society. They are believed to be just seven of sixteen portraits commissioned by the society in 1908 for display in the town’s Temperance Hall. The whereabouts of the other portraits currently remains unknown.

Since their donation to the Museum, they have undergone specialist conservation funded by Museum Development East Midlands. This November the Museum is delighted to be able to present them in its new temporary exhibition ‘On the Wagon!’.



Manor House Museum Permanent Display

Continuous, FREE

Museum potFind out what makes Kettering unique! Covering the history of the borough, the Museum’s permanent displays are packed with fascinating objects and information. Topics include the Boot and Shoe Industry, agriculture, geology, costume, natural history, coins and medals.

The Museum collections are not all on display at the same time. There are far too many items to fit in the building!

The museum and gallery collections can be accessed for research purposes on request (charges may apply). Please contact the Museum and Gallery for further details.


Last updated 17/10/2014 


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