New exhibition on show at Kettering museum

Kettering, Manor House Museum and Alfred East Art Gallery
Kettering, Manor House Museum and Alfred East Art Gallery

A new exhibition which delves into the past is to go on show at a town’s museum.

Kettering’s Manor House Museum, in Sheep Street will showcase an ‘American Arrivals’ exhibition, which will look at the influx of US troops into the area during the two World Wars.

The exhibition also showcases for the first time a commemorative wooden sculpture presented to Kettering Borough by Major General Wilson of the US Eighth Air Force, following celebrations last month which commemorated the 70th anniversary of the first US-British air raid flown from Grafton Underwood.

Val Hitchman, head of community services at Kettering Council, said: “This is an unmissable exhibition for all those that want to discover more about the legacy of the ‘friendly invasion’ of this area by American servicemen and women during the Second World War”.

The exhibition has been funded with cash from the Heritage Lottery Fund, which bolstered the museum’s coffers to the tune of £30,000.

As part of the project, the Manor House Museum is looking to record local people’s memories and stories from the time.

If you have memories to share please get in touch with the Museum Officer Eleanor Baumber on 01536 534 219 or at