Rutland County Museum
Rutland is England's smallest county - and Rutland County Museum is the perfect introduction to all that the area has to offer.
The special exhibitions gallery, museum shop and local studies library, leads into displays of archaeology, history and an extensive rural life collection.
Growth and New Premises
The museum has grown over the years. Twice its Friends, aided by grants from Museums & Galleries Commission, have provided funds to purchase and fit out additional premises, first the Stable block, now the new gallery, and reserve space, and then No 2 Catmose Street, adjacent to the museum.
Here the Colonel Noel Suite, with its meeting room and kitchen facilities, was opened in May 1995. Friends have also purchased many items for the museum's permanent collections.
In the riding school, with its roof of Baltic timber, the displays illustrate the archaeology of Rutland, and its rural trades and occupations, domestic life and agriculture.
Special exhibitions are run throughout the year. Many of these are in-house exhibitions which highlight the Museums collections.
Craft exhibitions, touring exhibitions and local artist exhibitions are also run as part of the exhibition programme. See the website for information on current exhibitions.
The Farming Year
In the courtyard you will find the story of the Farming Year, where the larger items such as tractors, threshing machines and ploughs are displayed.
In 2007 a new garden was created with the help of the Friends of the Museum and Oakham in Bloom. Here you can sit and enjoy the peaceful surroundings.
Live@themuseum runs throughout the year with a programme of music, theatre and comedy events. See the website for further details of upcoming events.
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Rutland County Museum Postcode for SatNav: LE15 6HW