Local exhibitions this summer at Kettering Museum and Art Gallery

Published: Tuesday, 28th May 2019

Local spaces are celebrated this summer in new exhibitions at the Alfred East Art Gallery and Manor House Museum.

From the earliest times to the present day, the people of Kettering and the surrounding area have worked, played, raised their families and thrived in the local community. Kettering’s architecture, industries and green spaces are fascinating from a historical perspective and it is thought-provoking to see what has changed over the years.


25th May – 25th January 2020 Manor House Museum

Out to Play in Kettering: An exhibition with Ian Addis explores how generations of local people have enjoyed the town’s green spaces. Play and relaxation are essential for human wellbeing and this exhibition shows that Kettering people know how to appreciate their leisure time. The exhibition also features local sports and the history of Wicksteed Park, Rockingham Road Pleasure Park and North Park.


4th May – 7th September 2019 Alfred east Art Gallery

Right Up Your Street is an exhibition of artwork inspired by the people and places in Kettering and nearby villages. The town is full of life and history, captured skilfully by a variety of local artists past and present. From rural landscapes to the market place, traditional shops to iron-ore mining, these paintings and sketches present a fascinating view of the town through time. Local lives, history and memories come together in this exhibition, where the artwork is ‘right up your street’.


Kettering Museum and Art Gallery invite the public to share their memories of Kettering and it’s green spaces. Why not come and write down your thoughts and reminisce about the town by completing a memory card at either site to share your stories with other visitors.

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

“It’s great to see the stunning collection of local artwork and pieces that celebrates Kettering’s architecture, industries and green spaces on display, so please do visit the Alfred East Art Gallery and Manor House Museum this summer and share your stories by filling out a memory card.”

Cllr Scott Edwards, Kettering Borough Council’s Portfolio Holder for Community & Leisure, said:

“At Kettering Museum & Art Gallery this summer you will be able to indulge in some nostalgia with these thought-provoking new exhibitions that celebrate our town and all it has to offer past and present.”