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What Exhibitions are on at the Museum?


Everybody's Darling: The First World War Nurse

2 May - 11 July, FREE

Everybody's Darling WW1 Nurses ExhibitionDuring the First World War thousands of women served as nurses. While many assisted in hospitals at home, others worked close to the battlefields. In fact nurses were closer to the front-line than in any previous conflict. For many of the privileged young women who became nurses the work was a huge culture shock.

The nurses made a great and lasting impression and commanded great respect.

They provided vital skills and fulfilled an essential role. Many also risked and sometimes lost their lives. Their contribution, however, has often been overshadowed by the events on the battlefields themselves.

'Everybody's Darling' presents a series of artefacts, prints, illustrations and hands-on elements, allowing visitors to explore and discover more about the experiences of the nurses themselves and the organisations in which they served.

Whirrs, Cogs & Thingamabobs!

18 July – 10 October, FREE

Whirrs, cogs & thingamabobsWhirrs, Cogs and Thingmabobs is a fun and fascinating exhibition using the weird and wonderful collection of Maurice Collins. Looking at gadgets, inventions and labour saving devices from yesteryear, the display consists of many curious objects including a doughnut jam filler (1920), a clockwork burglar alarm (1900) and a skirt lifter (1880)! Visit the Manor House Museum this summer, see if you can guess what the weird and wonderful gadgets and gizmos do, and even have a go at inventing your own marvellous machine! 

Manor House Museum Permanent Display

Continuous, FREE

Museum CarFind 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 28/04/2015

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