Family Days Out: Harborough Museum

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Harborough Museum is now open again.

Having been closed for a year to undergo renovations, it re-opened to the public in April – and it wasn’t long before we discovered it was well worth the wait!

New look Harborough museum. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-140904-140837001

New look Harborough museum. (MAIL PICTURE: ANDREW CARPENTER) NNL-140904-140837001

Situated on the first floor of the council offices, Harborough Museum is easy enough to find (just turn right at Starbucks as you enter Market Harborough town, and it’s right in front of you).

My three children and I didn’t quite know what to expect to find when we got here, as we’d never been before.

The council office space is light, airy and open-planned, with a flight of stairs straight in front of you which lead up to the museum itself.

There is also a small lift here, should you have a pushchair or need wheelchair access.

Excitedly we headed up the stairs and I was instantly impressed with what was on offer to entertain the kids.

There’s lots of information about the Leicestershire town of Hallaton and its treasure, which was defended by the Hallaton Dog – the remains of which are on display.

The town itself was invaded by the Romans and there’s lots here about the Romans too.

My eldest, Kai, is seven; Ella is five and Ruby two – but despite the age range, they all found plenty to entertain themselves.

Kai was keen to try on the Roman helmets while Ella was eager to design her own coin, with Ruby joining in with the drawing.

Elsewhere, along with plenty of information to read about the town of Hallaton and the Romans, kids can pretend to be an archaeologist – just use the clues to choose four flaps to open and see if you can find the treasure!

And you can watch and listen to commentary about Hallaton; view the Hallaton Treasure; learn about the first coins in Britain and try on Roman headwear and clothing.

At the back of this room is a large doorway into another room which houses ceiling to floor displays of artefacts showing things such as the history of toys, clothing, the way of life, war-time living as well as the shoe making industry.

And you’ll find lots of interesting facts about the Harborough district and the town of Market Harborough.

There’s certainly plenty to keep young and older minds alike engaged.

And just for the kids is a corner featuring a box of dressing-up outfits from different eras – complete with a full-length mirror so that they can see what they look like!

There is also a drawing table and chairs for those who want to get artistic.

And for the smaller children, there is a lower-level table and chairs with role-playing toys such as toy food and a shop till.

We easily spent more than an hour here and could have stayed longer if we’d had time.

The fact that it’s free is an added bonus.

So if you fancy exploring a bit of history, then it’s well worth a visit.

And I knew the kids enjoyed it too, as I got a big kiss and a ‘thank you’ for taking them!

All the important details

Address: Harborough Museum, Leicestershire County Council, The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough LE16 7LT (on the first floor of the council offices)

Telephone: 0116 305 3627 Email: harboroughmuseum@leics.gov.uk

Open: Tuesday 10am - 6pm, Wednesday 1pm to 6pm, Thursday and Friday 10am to 6pm and Saturday 10am to 4pm

Closed: Sundays, Mondays, and Bank Holidays

Entry:

It’s free to enter the museum – and there’s also a library here too!