What Exhibitions are on at the Museum?
On the Wagon!
22 November – 7 February 2015, FREE
The 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!’.
Join us on 6 December 12pm-3pm for Christmas Carols and a delicious glass of the original temperance cordial.
14 February - 25 April, FREE
Exploring the powerful relationship between people and plants and how plants affect every aspect of our daily lives. Whatever form they might take, plants are vital to our life on earth. They can be edible or poisonous, microscopic or taller than a house! From clothes, fragrances and medicines to building materials and food, this exhibition takes a look at all kinds of amazing plants.
Manor House Museum Permanent Display
Find 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 19/11/2014