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Out to play in Kettering
An exhibition at the Manor House Museum

25th May 2019 - 25th January 2020

Discover where the people of Kettering have gathered to enjoy their spare time, relax and play in this affectionate look into the history of some of the green spaces in town. 

Your Museum Wants You

In 2020, Kettering Museum has an exciting programme of exhibitions planned and we need your help to make them happen. Do you have something you could donate or loan and help tell the story of the town?

small stories
Do you have a fascinating collection of doll's houses or know where we can borrow a model railway? These pieces do not have to be local but if it's in miniature we are interested!

100 years of council housing
Did you know 2020 will be the 100th anniversary of Kettering's first council house? We want to discover what that meant for the town and are interested in photos in or around your council home, documents, or just simply a story to share.

Close up of old car and number plate

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, archaeology and prehistoric fossils