Hinckley & District Museum, 30 Lower Bond Street, Hinckley LE10 1QU
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Keep safe

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

Family History Help Desk Event

Saturday 7th October 10am-3:30pm, admission £2 to event and museum, click to download Family History Help Desk poster

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Hinckley and District Museum Talks and Events 2023

Talks in 2023 Click here to download full details of all talks

Talks will take place in the Hinckley Great Meeting Chapel, Baines Lane, and commence at 7.30pm. The venue is disabled friendly, and there is free car parking adjacent to the museum in Lower Bond Street and in Druid Street. Admission is free with a 2023 Friends of Hinckley & District Museum membership card. Visitors are welcome - admission £5 per event at the door. Email hinckleymuseum@hotmail.co.uk for more information.

  • March 16th, Hugh Beavin with "Chapel, Congregation and Community: 300 years of personalities at the Hinckley Great Meeting Chapel"
  • April 20th, Nick Marshall with "Flappers and Baggies - fashion in the Jazz Age (1920-1930)"
  • May 18th, Eddie Smallwood with "The Romans - their life at Mancetter and Boudicca's last battle"
  • June 15th, Dennis Perkins with "A Burbage Boyhood"
  • September 21st, Paul Griffiths with "Hinckley's First Councillors - the Urban District Council 1894-1914"
  • October 19th, Robin Jenkins with "The Leicester City, County and Rutland At Risk War Memorials Project"
  • November 16th, Eddie Smallwood with "Christmas through the Ages"

Events in 2023

Summer events at Hinckley and District Museum
Admission £2 per person (includes museum entry). All events run continuously, join in at any time during museum open hours.

  • VICTORIAN DAY Monday 31st July, 10am - 3.30pm
    Crafts, dressing up, and a Wash Day with dolly tubs and scrubbing boards. A hands-on experience for boys and girls aged from five years and adults too
  • STONE AGE DAY Monday 7th August, 10am – 3.30pm
    Stone Age themed activities with John Webster for children aged from five years
  • ROMAN DAY Monday 14th August, 10am – 3.30pm
    Dressing up, writing, mosaics, and other fun activities on a Roman theme with Eddie Smallwood for children aged from five years
  • TUDOR DAY Monday 21st August, 10am – 3.30pm
    Dressing up, crafts and other fun activities on a Tudor theme for children aged from five years

Sneak Peek!

Take a look at the exhibitions in 2023

Hosiery in Hinckley

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The display includes the birth of the industry following the invention of the stocking frame by William Lee in 1589, the development of the Atkins hosiery company from 1722 to 1995, and examples of Hinckley made hosiery brands. Also on display are a number of hosiery machines, with occasional demonstrations of knitting on a Griswold circular knitting machine.

Bees Transport
Founded by E.E.Bee in 1919, a Hinckley haulage firm delivering local hosiery and knitwear across the country.

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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.

Under our feet in Sapcote
A display of Sapcote's quarrying industry, together with locally found artefacts.

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Other displays include

Celebrating the Co-operative Movement in the Borough of Hinckley and Bosworth, a joint exhibition with Burbage Heritage Group.

What did the Romans do for Us?
A display of locally found Roman artefacts, including domestic ware, coins, and building materials.