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Temporary Exhibitions

Coming Soon!

Arts for Rutland: Youth Open Art Exhibition

Open to young artists of Rutland aged 11-18. Entry forms available from Arts for Rutland.

The theme this year is ‘Open Your Eyes – Open to Ideas!’ with categories in painting, drawing, ceramics and sculpture.

The selected work will be on show at the museum from 26th January – 22nd February 2019 (during usual opening times).





Family Activities

Just looking for something to do, then have a peek at our Family Activities. Or just come down and explore the museum during our usual Opening Times.

Other Forthcoming Events

Why not try one of the talks and lectures organised jointly by The Friends and RLHRS which we have at Rutland County Museum and Oakham Castle.
Alternatively you might like to watch a film in the unique atmosphere of our Riding School.


Previous Exhibitions

RAF 100 Exhibition

March – May 2018
Our exhibition, organised in partnership with the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) Rutland branch, celebrated the centenary of the Royal Air Force and Rutland’s illustrious association with the world’s first independent air force. The exhibition included a range of artefacts including uniform, models, equipment, memorabilia and photographs. Many of these relate to the former air bases of RAF Cottesmore and RAF North Luffenham and were loaned by local people and ex-RAF personnel.
A virtual tour of the exhibition is available on the 39th Entry website.

The Oakham Canal

October – December 2016
Our exhibition, presented in conjunction with the
Melton and Oakham Waterways Society,
showed the history of The Oakham Canal, which linked Oakham and Melton Mowbray in the first half of the Nineteenth Century.
It covered how the canal was built, the route it took, it’s lifetime, what may be seen of it now and its possible future.

Oakham Canal basin Melton Mowbray

Oakham Canal basin in Melton Mowbray

1966 and All That!
From Football and Fashion to Politics and Pop

July-October 2016
Our exhibition celebrated the 50th anniversary of England’s World Cup win and everyday life in 1960s Britain. Highlights of the exhibition included an original Beatles scrapbook, examples of 60s fashion, World Cup memorabilia and original toys and games including Sindy and her many outfits!
We had lots of positive commnets.
“Excellent Museum – World Cup section – Great!!” (Mr Collins.)
“Lovely Museum – very friendly, and we relived the 60′s ! Thoroughly enjoyable experience. Thank you.”

1950's Artefacts.

1950′s Artefacts.

“You’ve Never Had It So Good…”

July-September 2015
Our exhibition offered a taste of life in the 1950′s locally and in Britain as a whole.
Harold Mcmillian is famously quoted as proclaiming “You’ve Never Had It So Good” – was he right, you decide.
The 1950s began with rationing and austerity, as Britain was recovering from the ravages of war. A glimmer of hope for the future came with two great national celebrations: the spectacular Festival of Britain in 1951 followed by the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.
The Festival of Britain took place in the summer of 1951. It was conceived as a popular event that would help Britons forget the trauma of war and contribute to the restoration of morale. It was to be a ‘tonic for the nation’.
Although it was made up of a nation-wide programme of events, London was at its heart. The most important site was the South Bank of the Thames. This derelict area was transformed with new structures including a concert hall – the Royal Festival Hall, the Dome of Discovery and the Skylon tower.
In 1953 the Coronation was, the Times remarked, a ‘holiday from reality’. It was a chance for people to finally celebrate their hard-won victory after the miseries of World War Two.
It was the world’s first major international event to be broadcast on television. Sales of TV sets had rocketed and millions of people were able to watch the Coronation live.

On All Fronts! WW1 Nurses and Horses and Empire Forces

October 2015 – January 2016
Our exhibition remembered the wide range of local people (and animals) that were mobilised during the First World War. The exhibition explored the people on the ‘home front’ as well as those on the ‘fighting front’. Amongst those featured were the women who worked as nurses both at home and abroad and the temporary hospitals which were established in Rutland to care for the sick and wounded.
The exhibition looked at how the wounded were transported away from the front lines and the Rutland men who served with the field ambulances and worked as stretcher bearers. Rutland also provided many horses for front line work both for the cavalry regiments and for the transportation of men, materials and munitions.

Nurses at Ayston Hall

Nurses at Ayston Hall