history museums in Leicestershire
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Leicestershire Museums & Galleries

including civic and independent art galleries and museums in Leicestershire...

Museums long ago ceased to be stuffy rooms full of glass cases containing bits of old pottery and fossilised bones. Today even most conventional museums include changing displays but over recent years there has been a growth in industrial and "living" museums. Here you can learn about local heritage, get a feel for how people lived and worked, the hardships they endured...

Galleries listed include not just civic galleries displaying publicly owned artworks, but also privately owned galleries with items for sale.

Leicestershire Museums and Galleries

blank tabBOSWORTH BATTLEFIELDMuseums & Galleries
Sutton Cheney, Nr. Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, CV13 0AD

Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park is a unique day out for all the family. Re-live this famous turning point in British history - the death of a King and the birth of the all powerful Tudor dynasty. It is the site where the Battle of Bosworth took place in 1485. Journey through Medieval England in the interactive exhibition, witness the horrors of medieval warfare in the Battle Room and then test your skills as an archaeologist, in the BFI Science Laboratory. Visitors to Bosworth can experience what this famous turning point in British history really meant. You can also enjoy a great day out! Visitors can also enjoy The Tithe Barn Restaurant and The Bosworth Gift Shop.
Tel: 01455 290429    Fax: 01455 292841
E-mail: bosworth@leics.gov.uk
Web: www.bosworthbattlefield.com
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blank tabSNIBSTONMuseums & Galleries
Ashby Road, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 3LN

Snibston is set on the site of a former colliery and consists of an award winning interactive museum, scheduled ancient colliery buildings, the Century Theatre, and a one hundred acre country park and nature reserve. The museum displays a diverse and rich collection of historic objects telling the story of technology and design and how it has affected everyday life from the past to the present day, and the future.
Tel: 01530 278444
E-mail: snibston@leics.gov.uk
Web: www.snibston.com
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blank tabMELTON CARNEGIEMuseums & Galleries
Thorpe End, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire LE13 1RB

The Melton Carnegie Museum has displays showing the arguments for and against hunting, as well as the history of hunting in the region. Stilton Cheese and Pork Pies from Melton Mowbray are famous all around the world, explore the history of these trades and others including saddlery and shoemaking and the impact they had on the town. Other interests include; Archaeology, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Sports, Personalities and Social History. The Ann Hughes Gallery houses temporary exhibitions, showing unique displays related to the history of the region. Events are all year round with various new permanent exhibitions, a virtual tour and interactive displays.

blank tabDONINGTON LE HEATH MANOR HOUSEMuseums & Galleries
Manor Road, Donington le Heath, Coalville, Leicestershire, LE67 2FW

The museum is based in a Medieval Manor House dating back to 1280. The house has a fascinating history and is now restored with fine oak furnishings. Visitors to the house can now see restored rooms and displays on medieval life as well as a series of temporary exhibitions on a wide range of subjects. The house is set in recently recreated 17th century style gardens with flower gardens, an orchard, herb gardens and a maze. The adjoining stone barn is home to the Classics Tea Room. Events are all year round with various new permanent exhibitions, a virtual tour and interactive displays.

blank tabHARBOROUGH MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Council Offices, Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7AG

The Museum is being revamped to display one of the most significant Iron Age finds in Britain. Find out about the historic town of Market Harborough and its surrounding area. The district's history is celebrated with displays including important collections of toys, the Symington Collection of Corsetry, a reconstruction of a local bootmaker's workshop, local archaeological finds and a programme of regularly changing exhibitions. The museum itself is located on the second floor of the council offices.

blank tabCHARNWOOD MUSEUMMuseums & Galleries
Queen's Park, Granby Street, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3DU

Charnwood Museum features a wide range of exhibits reflecting the history, geology, archaeology and industries of Charnwood and the surrounding area. Permanent displays include Coming to Charnwood, The Natural World of Charnwood, Living off the Land and Earning a Living. Each contains exhibits from the past and present including interactive displays, computers and audio-visuals. Visitors can handle rocks from Charnwood's volcanic past, walk beneath the giant oak tree, investigate the 4,000 year old burial of the Cossington Boy, visit the Victorian grocers shop or zoom-in on a fly's eye with the video microscope.

Belgrave Hall Museum

Belgrave Hall, Church Road, (off Thurcaston Road), Belgrave, Leicester, LE4 5PE
Tel: 0116 266 6590          E-mail: museums@leicester.gov.uk   
: www.leicester.gov.uk/museums

Built between 1709 and 1713  by Edmund Cradock.  Today the house is one of six museums ran by the local council. In 1999, the house gained notoriety due to the worlds media descending upon it due to reports of ghostly goings on outside the hall.

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Foxton Locks Country Park

Gumley Road, Foxton, Market Harborough, Leicestershire
Tel: 0116 265 6913    Fax: 0116 265 6962
E-mail: countryparks@leics.gov.uk

Foxton's famous 10 staircase lock flight was built in 1810, designed to raise boats a massive 75ft up the hill from Market Harborough, linking the north and south of England by canal.  Other activities include; a picnic area, museum and and canal wildlife.

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