Kettering's Manor House Museum Stars on the BBC's Antiques Road Trip Show

Published: Wednesday, 18th October 2017

Philip Serrell took a visit to the town to discover Kettering’s fascinating connection to Jamaica.

The Manor House Museum made an appearance on the BBC1’s popular programme, Antiques Road Trip, as part of their 15th series on Tuesday 17th October.

Auctioneer, Philip Serrell, visited the museum to delve into the history of Kettering-born William Knibb, and his work as a missionary for Jamaica to abolish slavery.

Kettering Borough Council’s Delia Thomas escorted Philip around the Museum and explained the lengths of Knibb’s work, and why he is held in great esteem in Kettering’s history for his victories in travelling to Jamaica to free slaves.

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Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said:

“It is a wonderful achievement to the Manor House Museum that they were a part of the Antiques Road Trip series. Now, many people around the country will be able to understand the heroic works from William Knibb. It’s also another great opportunity to visit our Museum and experience all of the history it has to offer.”

Councillor Lloyd Bunday, Kettering Borough Council’s Deputy Leader and Portfolio Holder for Community and Culture, said:

“It is fantastic that the Antiques Road Trip show has showcased not only the triumphant history of William Knibb, but also our Manor House Museum, which holds an incredible array of artefacts from this period in time. I am very proud to know that the BBC has aired Kettering’s fascinating past.”


Notes to Editor

Kettering Museum & Art Gallery is situated on Sheep Street, Kettering, easy to get to by train, bus or by car. It is near the library and close to the parish church of SS Peter and Paul

William Knibb

William Knibb was an English Baptist minister and missionary to Jamaica. He was born on 7th September, 1803, in Kettering, and is known today mainly for his role in helping to abolish slavery and free slaves.

Knibb died in Jamaica on 15th November, 1845, and on the 150th anniversary of the abolition of slavery in the British Empire, Knibb was posthumously awarded the Jamaican Order of Merit. This saw him being the first white male to receive the country’s highest civil honour.

His name today adorns the William Knibb Centre (Kettering), William Knibb Memorial Baptist Church and the William Knibb Memorial High School (both in Jamaica), which was attended by six-time Olympic champion and triple world record holder, Usain Bolt.

Antiques Road Trip

Antiques Road Trip has aired on the BBC since March 2010 and is narrated by Tim Wonnacott.

The show sees antiques experts set off on road trips around the UK to search for treasures and compete against each other to make the most money at auction.