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Letters From the Front

Lt. Colonel P.C. Evans-Freke

Letters from the Front:
Frezenberg & The Leicestershire Yeomanry

Our new exhibition commemorates the 100th anniversary of The Battle of Frezenberg Ridge, which took place between the 8th to 13th May 1915, and those that fought and died there.

Find out what life was like for the Leicestershire Yeomanry as they prepared for life on the front line, as told through some of the letters sent by Lt Colonel P.C. Evans-Freke to his family.
The exhibition runs until Sat 13th June. Admission is Free.

Discovering Leicestershire and Rutland Archaeology

Rutland County Museum will be hosting a series of 6 lectures on local archaeology with an emphasis on Rutland, presented by Peter Liddle MBE.
All lectures are on Thursdays from 2pm to 4pm, prior booking is preferred but not essential.
You can attend the whole course or just come to individual lectures.

April 16th: Early Prehistoric Leicestershire and Rutland
April 23rd: Late Bronze Age and Iron Age Leicestershire and Rutland
April 30th: Roman Leicestershire and Rutland
May 7th: Early Anglo-Saxon Leicestershire and Rutland
May 14th: Mercian, Viking and Norman Leicestershire and Rutland
May 21st: Medieval Leicestershire and Rutland

Price: £30 for the series or £6 per lecture.
Tea / Coffee and Biscuits included.

Bookings: e-mail or phone (0116) 2214508 or 07842 120817.

Rutland Open Youth Art Exhibition

A4RYOAEThe Rutland Open Youth Art Exhibition commences on Saturday 31st January and runs through February 2015.

Aimed at young artists aged 11-18 who live or are at school in Rutland, works inspired by the theme ‘Through the window, I saw…’ are represented in the categories of painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture.


A Busy October Half Term!

HT 1The museum would like to thank everyone that attended the half term craft activities and helped us to achieve record numbers! Over 120 attended our ‘Mad Hatters’ themed sessions during the first week of the holidays and over 250 took part in our various Halloween activites in the second week.


Rare Rutland Veteran Overwintering at the Museum

1899 Decauville on display at Rutland County Museum

1899 Decauville on display at Rutland County Museum

We are delighted to say that the 1899 Decauville, originally owned by George Phillips and recently seen on BBC1′s ‘Inside Out’, is now on loan to Rutland County Museum over the winter.

The veteran Decauville sports Rutland’s oldest surviving registration number, FP4, and has regularly taken part in the London to Brighton Run.

This is a rare opportunity to see a vehicle of this period and we are grateful to its owner for lending it to the Museum.

Rutland and the Great War

First World War Centenary Commemoration Project

Rutland and the Great War

“a lasting tribute to a great and noble part”

Rutland and the Great War - Reprinted

Rutland and the Great War – Reprinted

A high quality new edition of George Phillips’ major work ‘Rutland and the Great War’ has been produced to commemorate the centenary of the Great War. This 332 page hardback publication uses the original text of the 1920 edition, with enhanced pictures and illustrations.

This handsome book is available direct from Rutland County Museum. Tel: 01572 758440 or Email:
Alternatively copies may also be purchased online.

The Standard Copy is priced at £15 and a Deluxe Limited Edition Signed Copy is available priced at £20.

A Call to Arms – Again

One of our visitors poses alongside the exhibition.

One of our visitors poses alongside the exhibition.

Our current exhibition ‘A Call to Arms’, marking the commencement of the Great War, has just reached its half way point and has been very well recieved so far.

Comments from visitors include, “A fine blend of local and national coverage of the war – full of fascinating artefacts and information”, “Interesting exhibits, well put together & food for thought” and from one of our young visitors “Very informating”. That last one perhaps not in  the Oxford English Dictionary, but very descriptive all the same.

Why not come along and see for yourself? – We can definitely promise that it won’t be all over by Christmas.


Creative with Nature!

Join us for our series of crafty workshops inspired by the natural world and run in partnership with the RSPB.

Give a Hoot! Come and join us.

Give a Hoot!
Come and join us.

Feathered Friends – Wednesday 6th August

Arts and crafts inspired by our feathered friends. Make flying birds, feathery bird and Mardi Gras style masks, a decorative birdhouse and have a go at our quiz.

Blooms, Butterflies and Bugs – Wednesday 13th August

Make bug masks and some unique and colourful flowers and butterflies. Design your own flower pots complete with wooden bug sticks. Also make seed packets to collect your own seeds for planting!

Wild Woodlands – Wednesday 20th August

Explore woodland animals and create woodland animal mobiles, masks, badges and a lovely felt owl bean bag.

Sessions at 10am-12noon & 1.30pm-3.30pm

Suitable for children 4-11 years

£1.50 per child

No need to book, just drop in

Your Museum Needs You!

First World War Family Event

Wednesday 23rd July

10am – 3.30pm

Come and meet our recruitment sergeant as he tries to recruit you for the war effort. Handle and examine First

Join me Son & Fight the Hun.

Join me Son & Fight the Hun.

World War objects and find out what it was like to be a soldier. Have a go at our First World War inspired crafts – make a sweetheart pin cushion, embroidered postcards, medals and an identity card. Also don’t forget to visit our new exhibition ‘A Call to Arms: Rutland in the First World War’.

Crafts suitable for children 4-11 years

£1.50 per child

No need to book, just drop in