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We have a new staff member

We have a new member of staff, Ellie Cooper. Funded by Arts Council England and in conjunction with Culture Syndicates, Ellie will work as a collections and interpretation intern at the museum:

“Having completed a MSc in Palaeoanthropology and Palaeolithic Archaeology, I am enthused by prehistory and cannot wait to get involved with Rutland’s vast archaeology.

During my time here I will help to complete a collections review which will ensure that all items held in the museum are relevant to the museum and users. This will include:

  • Confirming the location of each item within museum (behind the scenes)
  • Ensuring each item has an up-to-date description
  • Compiling a list of priorities for conservation

I will also be contributing to the design and content of new exhibition banners in the Old Riding School which will explore specific Rutland history (e.g. The Battle of Empingham) – something the museum has just been granted funding for by Arts Council England and Museum Development East Midlands.

So far, the most enigmatic object I’ve found is a dorsal fin spine of a c.160 million year extinct shark (Asteracanthus ornatissimus). Though, I can’t quite seem to escape from my ice age interests (my passion for museums began in one that revolved around Ice Age topics): the museum exhibits several mammoth fossils, one being a tooth. I like to imagine c.14 foot mammoths in Rutland.  I’m still dumbfounded by the size of mammoth teeth – they grew 5-6 sets in their lifetime!A singular Mammoth tooth

I hope my contribution will make a difference: In completing these duties it is hoped that the museum will contain more meaningful collections – enabling Rutland’s history to be available and accessible to current and future visitors.”Measuring the PlesiosaurEllie

Oakham Library refurbishment

Oakham Library is being refurbished between December 2016 and summer 2017 and will be closed to the public while this work takes place.

Don’t worry. During this time, library services will continue by moving a short distance down the road to the Rutland County Museum.

The library building will be closed from: Thursday 15th December 2016

The museum-based library service will open on: Wednesday 21st December 2016

Refurbishment work is due to be completed by summer 2017, when the service will move back to the Oakham Library.

For more information, please visit the Rutland County Council website, email: or call: 01572 722 918.

Christmas Crafts for Children

Why not take a break from the Christmas shopping and enjoy some festive crafts? We have two Saturday sessions coming up:
Countdown to Christmas
Saturday 26 November, 1.30-3.30pm
Start counting down to Christmas and make a snowman ‘clock’ and Christmas tree and Nativity themed advent calendars. Also create some colourful and unique Christmas cards. £1 per child.
Let it Snow!
Saturday 17 December, 1.30-3.30pm
Add a personal touch to your festive decorations and make a range of Santa, snowmen and snowflake themed baubles and gift bags. £1 per child.
All workshops are suitable for children 4-10 years. No need to book, just drop in. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Medieval Leicestershire and Rutland

Medieval gold ring.

Medieval gold ring.

We continue our series of lectures with Peter Liddle on the archaeology of Rutland and Leicestershire. Having looked previously at the Romans and the Normans we’ve now reached Medieval times.
Peter is the former County Archaeologist for Leicester and Rutland and always provides an informative and entertaining lecture.

Lectures take place on Thursdays, commence at 2pm and run until about 4pm or a little after, depending on encores. Prior booking is useful but not essential. You can attend the whole course or come to individual lectures.

September 8th: Medieval Villages and fields.
September 15th: Medieval Leicester, market towns and industry.
September 22nd: Castles and Manor Houses.
September 29th: The Church: Parish churches and chapels.
October 6th: The Church: Religious Houses and pilgrimage.
October 13th: The Tudors and the end of the medieval period.
Price: £30 for the series or £6 per lecture (Refreshments included)

To book your place e-mail or phone (0116) 2214508 or 07842 120817 or contact the Museum on 01572 758440.

Summer Holiday Workshops

Looking for something to do with the children during the school holidays? The museum has a varied programme of craft based workshops running every Wednesday from the 27th July through to the 24th August. Look on our Events page or download the leaflet here: Leaflet SummerHols 2016


Museum project will examine thousands of objects

Rutland County Museum is undertaking a collection review of all objects in its reserve collection. The objects in the review include the mixed social history and the archaeology collection. A small team from a company called Culture Syndicates are working with museum staff to review all the objects within its stores.

Collections review and rationalisation is part of effective collections management. We hope that the review will

A member of the Culture Syndicate team working in the mixed social history store

help us to

  • Ensure that the collections are relevant to the museum’s Collections Development Plan
  • Maximise storage space
  • Ensuring collections are of high quality and relevant to users
  • Enhance knowledge and information about the collections and improve documentation
  • Identifying objects that can be used in handling collections
  • Identifying objects that can be used within our temporary exhibition programme
  • Identifying objects that may be more suitable in other museum collections.

The museum has over 12,000 objects in its stores and therefor this project will take many months to complete. We shall be keeping you informed of the work being undertaken on our Twitter and Facebook pages so please do take a look and see what we are currently working on.

If you have any queries or questions about the review at all, please do email us at

Life in Langham 1914-1919

Life in Langham 1914-1919

Life in Langham 1914-1919

Our new exhibition gives an insight in to day-to-day life in a Rutland village during The Great War and its effects.
The exhibition is a joint presentation by Langham Village History Group and Rutland County Museum and is in conjunction The Lord Lieutenant’s Committee for the Commemoration of the Great War.
The exhibition runs until Sat 11th June.
Admission is Free. Open Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 10am – 4pm (closed Bank Holidays)

Angles and Saxons

The Anglo Saxons in Leicestershire and Rutland

Rutland County Museum is pleased to announce another series of 6 lectures on local archaeology presented by Peter Liddle MBE.
This time he will be focussing on the Anglo-Saxon heritage of the area.
All lectures are on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm, you are welcome to attend the whole course or just come to individual lectures.

April 14th: The Saxon Conquest
April 21st: Early Anglo-Saxon settlements
April 28th: Early Anglo-Saxon burial
May 5th – No Lecture
May 12th: The Mercian Period – church and state
May 19th: The Viking invasion and the Danelaw
May 26th: Late Saxon Leicestershire and the Norman Conquest

Price is £30 for the series or £6 per lecture. – Tea / Coffee and Biscuits are included in the price.
Bookings: e-mail or phone (0116) 2214508 or 07842 120817.

Monkey Around!

We would like to thank all of the families that took part in our February Half Term craft sessions. Over 230 of you came to make a range of crafts to celebrate the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. We received lots of positive comments including this one:
“To you all, just to tell you how much our grandaughters enjoyed the ‘Monkey Around’ event last week. It was an absolute pleasure to spend last Wednesday morning at the Museum. So well organised and good to see the event so well supported. As ever it was a highlight of the week! Thank you.” (Mr and Mrs H.)
Here is a sample of the work produced during the workshop - we certainly have some very talented artists in Rutland!

A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On

Our newest exhibition was formally unveiled today, marking the fact that Rutland is currently bidding to be the earthquake centre of the UK. Thanks to the generosity of the Leicester Literary and Philosophical Society and with the help and advice of the University of Leicester and the British Geological Survey we have a working seismometer together with a screen to display earth movements as they happen. We also have a Jump Pad, where you can be your own earthquake.
It’s seen here being given some testing prior to its official opening.

Measuring Earthquakes

Measuring Earthquakes