Museum collection


Morning Campers! The British Holiday Camp

9th June - 8th September

Did you know the first Holiday Camp appeared in 1894 on the Isle of Man? With the arrival of Billy Butlin in the 1930's, holiday camps were beloved by generations and dominated the British holiday scene in the 1950's and 1960's.

Find out what was in store for intrepid holiday goers of the past and celebrate our own local 'holiday at home' destination, Wicksteed Park, in this light-hearted exhibition for all the family.


Local Treasures

22nd September - 12th January

The British Museum Comes To Kettering! A 1,500 year old gold necklace, a mysterious mirror and a quirky Roman hockey player are returning home to Northamptonshire for the first time in nearly 100 years. These world class objects, on loan from the British Museum, were found in the Borough of Kettering and will be on display alongside other local treasures.

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