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To help visitors and volunteers feel safe when visiting the museum, we have

  • Undertaken a full risk assessment in compliance with national Covid-19 guidance
  • Put in a safety screen at the reception counter
  • Installed public hand sanitiser points in all areas and an increased cleaning regime
In return, we ask you to help us by
  • Wearing a face covering when inside our building
  • Using the hand sanitisers provided


Hinckley and District Museum Talks and Events 2022

HDM - talks 2022

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HDM - events 2022

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Talks in 2022 are at 7:30pm in Hinckley Great Meeting Chapel, Baines Lane. Admission free with a 2022 Friends of Hinckley & District Museum membership card, or £5 per talk at the door for visitors

  • March 17th, 'Hinckleys Medical Men' by Hugh Beavin
  • April 28th, 'Bustles and Bloomers: fashion in the late Victorian age (1870-1901)' by Nick Marshall
  • May 19th, 'The role of the barber surgeon in the Wars of the Roses' by Eddie Smallwood
  • June 16th, 'Luddism and the Leicestershire framework knitters' by Stephen Marquis
  • September 15th, 'Trouble and strife, the challenge of getting a wife' by Roger Bisgrove
  • October 20th, 'Letters from the Workhouse' by Paul Seaton
  • November 17th, 'The Leicester City, County and Rutland At Risk War Memorials Project' by Denis Kenyon

Events in 2022 are being held in a variety of locations, please check location and entry conditions

  • April 27th - May 17th (at Atkins Gallery, Lower Bond Street)
    and May 20th - May 21st (at Britannia Centre, Castle Street)
    'Hinckley War Memorial centenary display', joint event by Hinckley & District Museum and Hinckley District Past & Present, free admission
  • May 8th (at Burbage Common Open Day)
    'Hinckley War Memorial centenary display' by Hinckley and District Museum.
  • May 30th May 2:00-3.30pm and June 1st 10.30-12 noon (at the Atkins Building, Lower Bond Street)
    'Sock printing workshops for 6-12 year olds' with Mandeep Dhadialla. Workshops are £5 per child and must be pre-booked through the Museum
  • May 21st, June 25th, July 9th and October 15th (at Hinckley & District Museum)
    'Spinning demonstrations' by Lyn Yeomans. Included in normal museum admission charge.
  • July 25th - August 12th (at Atkins Gallery, Lower Bond Street)
    'Celebrating Local Sporting Heroes and Heroines', a pop-up exhibition to coincide with the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, free admission
  • August 1st (at Hinckley & District Museum)
    Stone Age Day. Themed activities for children with Jed Jaggard. 10am-4pm, admission £2 per person
  • August 8th (at Hinckley & District Museum)
    Roman Day. Themed activities for children with Jed Jaggard. 10am-4pm, admission £2 per person
  • August 15th (at Hinckley & District Museum)
    Tudor Day. Themed activities for children with Jed Jaggard. 10am-4pm, admission £2 per person
  • August 29th (at Hinckley & District Museum)
    Victorian Wash Day. 10am-4pm, admission £2 per person
  • September 10th – Heritage Open Days special event
    'A guided visit' to three heritage buildings linked to the Atkins hosiery family. Tour starts at Hinckley & District Museum, details to be announced
  • September 12th - September 30th (at Atkins Gallery, Lower Bond Street)
    'The Century Theatre 70th anniversary', a pop-up exhibition, free admission



Sneak Peek!

Take a look at the exhibitions from 2022


Hosiery 300
Atkins hosiery business 300th Anniversary

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Commemorating the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Atkins hosiery business by Robert Atkins in 1722. The display includes the birth of the industry following the invention of the stocking frame by William Lee in 1589, the development of Atkins from 1722 to 1995, the Great Hosiery Strike of 1891, and examples of Hinckley made hosiery brands. Also on display are a number of hosiery machines.


Hinckley Great Meeting Chapel
300th anniversary of the building

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Commemorating the 300th anniversary of the building and opening of Hinckley`s oldest chapel in 1722, with items from the chapel archive.


William Gadsbys' Pulpit
Ebenezer Chapel pulpit

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The pulpit used by William Gadsby when preaching at the Ebenezer Chapel in Hinckley between 1803 - 1805. Find out more about this Baptist preacher, hymn writer and evangelist.


Roman coins found near Hinckley

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