Last chance to see Local Treasures before objects return to British Museum

Published: Thursday, 3rd January 2019

The exhibition runs until Saturday 12 January 2019.

‘Local Treasures: The British Museum comes to Kettering’, at Kettering Borough Council’s Manor House Museum, is drawing to a close.

The exhibition, which features a display of three precious archaeological objects on loan from the British Museum, complemented by over 100 beautiful and interesting items from the Manor House Museum’s own collection, has attracted over 4,000 visitors.

The three items from the British Museum – a 1500-year-old necklace, the mysterious Desborough mirror and a quirky Roman hockey player – were all originally found within the borough of Kettering. This exhibition marks the first time they have returned to the town since they were first discovered and donated to the British Museum in the late 19th and early 20th century. The loans are supported by the Weston Loan Programme with Art Fund.

Created by the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund, the Weston Loan Programme is the first ever UK-wide funding scheme to enable smaller and local authority museums to borrow works of art and artefacts from national collections.

Guy Holloway, Head of Corporate & Cultural Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: “Since opening in September, we have been overwhelmed by the positive response from visitors. The show really seems to resonate with them, with many describing the show as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these incredible treasures on view in Kettering.”

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community and Leisure, said: “This exhibition has been a major success, and I’d urge anyone who hasn’t seen it yet to make sure they don’t miss out. The British Museum loans are terrific. I was also really impressed by the items from our own collection – my congratulations to staff and volunteers who have made this happen and have inspired pride in Kettering’s rich history. I would also like to thank the Garfield Weston Foundation and Art Fund for their support.”

‘Local Treasures: The British Museum comes to Kettering’, continues at the Manor House Museum until Saturday 12 January 2019. There is no charge for entry.

Additional funding for the exhibition was granted by Museum Development East Midlands and Kettering Borough Council.

You can find out more by visiting or by calling the Museum on 01536 534 219.