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Museum and Gallery Events

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Local History Sessions

Monthly at the Museum

Once a month, on a Wednesday evening, local history expert, Delia Thomas explores periods in Kettering's history.

  • 13 June (Rescheduled Date) - C 18th-century exapansion; enclosure, early 19th century poverty
  • 9 May - Kettering in the 20th and 21st centuries: researching local history

Tickets for Local and Family History are £5.00, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass, or book onto three consecutive sessions for £12.00. Booking is advised.

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Family History Sessions

Monthly at the Museum

Once a month, at 11am on a Saturday morning, local historian and professional genealogist, Andrea Pettingale leads themed Family History sessions to guide you in discovering your own family. Tickets £5 per person, £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass. Booking is recommended.

  • 5 May - Writing Your Family History

Andrea also offers one-to-one Family History advice sessions which are £12.50 or £10.00 with a Kettering Leisure Pass per 30 minute session. Please note one-to-one sessions are available on the same dates, from 1pm onwards in consecutive order only. Booking is advised.

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The Friends Talks, £4 per person,
Free to Members


Once a month on a Wednesday Evening, the Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum put on a talk. No advance booking is required.

  • 18th April - Bog bodies uncovered by David Brown:
    'Explore the mysterious phenomenon of bodies discovered by peat diggers over the last few centuries. Murder, execution or sacrifice?'
  • 16th May - Mayan civilisation and architecture by Sylvia Rosado, University of Yucatan, Mexico:
    'Learn about the political, social, religious and cultural aspects of this mysterious ancient civilisation.'
  • 20th June - The history of banknotes and their use in WWII by Mick Scrimshaw:
    'As a national authority on paper money, Mick will recount the history of banknotes, official and otherwise, including some strange examples from the war years.'

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Archaeological Finds Surgeries, FREE

Monthly at the Museum

Have you found something that may be of archaeological interest? Meet the Finds Liaison Officer at our FREE drop-in sessions 1.30-4pm on the below days.

  • Friday 27th April
  • Friday 25th May
  • Friday 29th June