Collectors and hoarders wanted for Kettering Museum exhibition

Kettering Museum officer Ellie Baumber at a recent exhibition at Kettering Museum - can you help contribute to its next exhibition?
Kettering Museum officer Ellie Baumber at a recent exhibition at Kettering Museum - can you help contribute to its next exhibition?
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Collectors or interesting, rare or unique items from across the Kettering area are being invited to showcase their treasured collections at an exhibition taking place at the Manor House Museum from March 1.

The event aims to show fascinating collections residents may have hidden away – as well as celebrating the 25th year of the museum at the Manor House site.

Visitors will be able to enjoy a variety of the museum’s own collections, with objects dating from 100 years ago right up to its most recently-acquired objects.

The exhibition aims to explore the history of collecting, including what people collect and why they do so.

A spokesman for the museum said: “We want to know from Kettering residents about the fascinating collections you may have hidden away; if you collect, we would love to hear from you as we’re looking for local people who are willing to loan their collection to the Museum for the exhibition.

“This is your opportunity to showcase your collections, small or large, to people as part of Kettering Collects.”

Valerie Hitchman, head of community services said: “It doesn’t matter what you collect or for how long you have been collecting, please get in touch!

“If you would be willing to loan your collection to the museum, then we would love to showcase it in our exhibition.”

The museum will select a few collectors to be showcased in ‘Kettering Collects’ and loaned collections will be required from mid February, to be displayed from March 1 until the end of May 2014.

Due to the size of the Museum’s display cases, each item must measure no larger than 45cm in any direction.

Councillor Jan Smith, Kettering Council’s portfolio holder for community and culture, said: “’Kettering Collects’ is a fantastic opportunity for local enthusiasts to share their treasures with the people of the borough.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the collections that people have hidden away. I would encourage people to get in contact with the Museum to share their interests with others.”

Expressions of interest must be sent in by 4.30pm on Saturday, February 8, and must include:

Contact details, a description of your collection (maximum 250 words which should describe the collection, for how long you have been collecting and why you collect), three photos of items within the collection.

Expressions of interest can be submitted in person at the Manor House Museum, on email to museumandgallery@kettering.gov.uk or by post to ‘Kettering Collects’, Kettering Museum and Art Gallery, Municipal Offices, Bowling Green Road, Kettering, Northants, NN15 7QX.

For more information about the museum, visit www.kettering.gov.uk/museums or phone 01536 534219.