What's On

Notice to visitors

  • Museum & Art Gallery - From Friday 20th March the Manor House Museum and Alfred East Art Gallery will be closed to the public until further notice.
  • Public Events - All events hosted by the council will be cancelled until further notice.
Thank you for your patience and consideration.
KBA

Our World
Kettering Buccleuch Academy
Exhibition Preview

Saturday 21st March, 1pm
Alfred East Art Gallery
FREE

Students from Kettering Buccleuch Academy have taken inspiration from their local community and its surrounding beauty and have created work through art and design to curate their own exhibition.

This exhibition has been made possible by the generosity of the Kettering Old Grammar School Fund.

The exhibition runs from 21st March – 2nd May. All welcome. Suitable for all ages.

To see the Gallery's upcoming exhibitions, please visit our exhibitions section.

Lunchtime Talk March

Nancy Wake and companions: the continuing story of the Special Operations Executive
By Betty West
Lunchtime Talk

Friday 27th March, 1 - 2pm
Tickets £5 or £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass
Alfred East Art Gallery

Betty West's talk completes discussing the SOE Freelance circuit with Nancy Wake's two companions, Major John Farmer and Major Dennis Rake.

Refreshments available from 12:30pm. Tickets are available to reserve and collect from the Alfred East Art Gallery.

To book your place, please call the Gallery on 01536 534274 or email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk. For more information about our upcoming talks, please visit our Talks section.

Paula Rego March Film Night

Paula Rego: Secrets and Stories
Film Night

Friday 27th March, Film starts at 7pm.
Tickets £10 or £8.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass or Student ID
Alfred East Art Gallery

Refreshments served from 6:45pm. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. 

To book your place, please call the gallery on 01536 534274 or email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

Photograph © Nick Willing, 2017

lego play day

Lego Play Day

Wednesday 8th April, 10am - 3pm
Manor House Museum
FREE

Do you love Lego? Then show us what you can make! Come along to the Museum and join in with the building fun. Lego is provided with Duplo for little ones. 

No booking required.

JB April workshop

Drawing Workshop
with Jamie Boots
Art Workshop

Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th April, 10am - 4pm
Tickets £105 or £95 with a Kettering Leisure Pass
Alfred East Art Gallery

Graphite pencil can  be used to produce so much more than just a sketch. Using a pencil blunt or sharp, pressing lightly or hard and using a variety of tones, learn how to create the effect of fur and feathers, the texture of skin and the glassy look of an eye.

All abilities welcome. All materials provided. Booking is essential.

To book your place, please call the Gallery on 01536 534274 or email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk. For more information about our upcoming workshops, please visit our Workshops section.

SLT LT April

Paula, Gwen and Dora, the hidden lives of three women artists
By Sue Lydia Taylor
Lunchtime Talk

Friday 24th April, 1 - 2pm
Tickets £5 or £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass
Alfred East Art Gallery

How a historical appraisal of the lives of three women artists can give us insights into the art world of today.

Refreshments available from 12:30pm. Tickets are available to reserve and collect from the Alfred East Art Gallery.

To book your place, please call the Gallery on 01536 534274 or email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk. For more information about our upcoming talks, please visit our Talks section.

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Film Night

Friday 24th April, Film starts at 7pm.
Tickets £10 or £8.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass or Student ID
Alfred East Art Gallery

Ever wanted to get away? To break free from your job, your family…your life? Breakout! - a season of films depicting the struggle of imprisonment, three films where the sentence is life and escape is the only option left.

Refreshments served from 6:45pm. Booking is essential as spaces are limited. 

To book your place, please call the gallery on 01536 534274 or email museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk

life drawing

Life Drawing Sessions

Monthly at the Alfred East Art Gallery, 7pm - 9pm
£10 per session

Life drawing drop-in sessions are held on the third Wednesday of the month. All abilities are welcome. Please bring your own materials and paper - Models and some easels and boards are provided. No booking required.

  • 15th April
  • 20th May
  • 17th June
  • 15th July
Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum Logo

Friends of Kettering Art Gallery & Museum
Art Gallery & Museum Talks

Alfred East Art Gallery, 7:30pm - 9pm
£4 per person, FREE to Friends members.

Once a month on a Wednesday evening, the Friends put on a talk in the Alfred East Art Gallery. No advanced booking is required.

  • The Unusual Story of Benjamin Cusley by David Brown and Bernadette Millar
    Wednesday 15th April

     
  • Small Finds in Archaeology by Eleanore Cox
    Wednesday 20th May

     
  • 1645 and all that by Phil Steele 
    Wednesday 17th June

For more information on the upcoming Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum Talks, please visit our Talks section.

archaeology

Archaeological Finds Surgeries

Monthly at the Museum, 1:30pm - 4pm
FREE

Have you found something that may be of archaeological interest? Meet the Finds Liaison Officer, Eleanore Cox, at our free drop-in sessions on the following days:

  • Friday 27th March
  • Friday 24th April
  • Friday 29th May
  • Friday 26th June

A drawing of a house

Local History Talks
The History of where you live

Wednesdays, 11am - 12:30pm
Tickets £5 or £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass
Manor House Museum

Ever wanted to know about the history of the streets and houses in which we live and work? Explore the history of Kettering and the people we have shared it with.

  • The early Kettering community: 
    Wednesday 25th March
     
  • The modern Kettering community and those who have contributed to it: 
    Wednesday 1st April

 

Old photos

Family History Sessions

WWII Family History
Tickets £5 or £3.50 with a Kettering Leisure Pass
Manor House Museum

Local historian, family history expert and professional genealogist, Andrea Pettingale leads themed WWII Family History sessions to guide you in discovering your own family. Booking is recommended.

  • Tuesday 31st March, 11 - 12:30pm
  • Tuesday 5th May, 2 - 3:30pm

 

 

VE 75 Street Day

VE75 Street Party

Saturday 9th May, 11am - 3pm
Kettering Museum, Kettering Market Place & Kettering Library
FREE

Join us on the 75th anniversary of VE Day to celebrate the end of the war in Europe and the hope for a better future. With music, entertainment and activities for the whole family, this FREE event runs alongside the VE 75 exhibition at the museum, which explores life in wartime Kettering. 

To see the Museum's upcoming exhibitions, please visit our exhibitions section.

Small stories MHM

Small Stories
Museum Exhibition

Opens Saturday 6th June - Saturday 5th September
Manor House Museum
FREE

To see more about the Museum's upcoming exhibitions, please visit our exhibitions section.