Main Exhibition Themes

The 2023 and 2024 Exhibition is…

“Off The Shelf” and ‘From Another Shelf’

The 2024 exhibition follows on from last year with some more items from our store that have never been displayed before.

We are also showcasing our new archaeological acquisition a late Bronze Age Hoard which includes axe heads and a spear head.  We have a 3D printed replica of one of them for handling.



The 2020 to 2022 Exhibition was…

“Trades and Traders”

The 2022 exhibition showcased the different trades that have gone on in the past. There were displays of haberdashery and hats, shoemaking, clay pipes, chemists, booksellers as well as the history of North Street and the different trades that went on. There was also a fabulous exhibition of old gramophones and records on display in our shop area. The children’s area wasn’t left out with drawing, toys to play with and dressing up clothes as well as a quiz.


The 2019 Exhibition Theme was…

“From Horse to Horsepower”

Our Exhibition from Horse to Horsepower includes; the transition from working with horse to steam power and the combustion engine over the last 200 years and the changes that these made within the local community. With special focus on historical changes to transport, for example exhibits on Arthur Howitt’s leather supplies shop, Donegani’s garage, the introduction of the train to Oundle, the development of the north bridge and by pass plus many more model vehicles old and new to see. Do you know your cars? Then why not try the motor car quiz?

For children; enter our ‘Museum railway waiting room’ and be the steam train ticket officer handing out tickets to the daily travellers.

Visit the 2019 Exhibition
From Saturday 2nd March until Sunday 27th October:
– Saturdays 11.00am to 5.00pm
– Sundays & Public Holidays 2.00pm to 5.00pm inc Good Friday
– Summer Opening from Wednesday 11 – 5pm every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; 24th July until 26th August

The 2018 Exhibition was…

“Farming Past & Present”

The 2018 theme provides a fascinating look at the agricultural activities based in and around Oundle through the ages.


The 2017 Exhibition Theme was…

“Oundle in the 1940’s”

The 2017 theme provides a snapshot of life in the town during the 1940’s.  We have a ‘Home Guard’ as security, along with a policeman as well as fashions of the decade, gas masks , examples of rations and a superb ‘air raid shelter’.


The 2016 Exhibition Theme was…

“What’s in Store”

This year our exhibition is all taken from our store room in the Museum. Almost all of the items in the new exhibition have never been on display before.


We have a large display of kitchen paraphernalia along with various different hats, clothing and many more. Our children’s area is a great place for the kids to be creative and there are lots of crayons and drawing materials for them to draw items on display in the museum



The 2015 Exhibition Theme was…

“Oundle 1851”

2015-Oundle Exhibition Our Oundle 1851 themed Exhibition contains details of the “Great Exhibition at Crystal Palace”. Learn how the UK led the world in invention.

This year’s museum exhibition also offers a glimpse into some of the social history, Oundle’s people, their occupations and trades of the period. There is a rich display of local trades linked to a map of the town with several covered such as: Chimney Sweeps, their history & pitfalls. Clothing of the period with examples of local craftsmen’s work and artistry. Whitesmiths of the time, see what they made and how? Clock & Watch making with a display of the intricacies and skills of their industry. The Oundle Brickyard Industry, its owners and development. You can also learn about ‘Unusual Trades’ that have been lost to new inventions. For example do you know what a Fellmonger was, or a Pugger?

Theme 2014

Also find out about interesting facts about the Oundle Workhouse in 1851. On display is a history of the Oundle Workhouses, where they were, the inmates, their names and occupations.

Victorian Corset

In the ‘Children’s Corner’ visitors can discover games of the Victorian Period. We also have some interesting displays on places of learning in the period. Of course the kids (and adults) will want to make sure they visit “The Prisoner” in our cells.

Travel a section of the “LNWR” railway via a computer generated 3D view. Travel back in time and imagine steaming along the line from Tansor to Barnwell, passing through Oundle on the way. View an excerpt of the Tansor to Barnwell Steam railway video that is on view in the Museum, click below.


March to November 2024

1.00pm to 4.00pm

1.00pm to 4.00pm

donations welcome

Oundle Museum, The Courthouse, Mill Road
Oundle, Peterborough, PE8 4BW
Tel: 01832 272735

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