• Hinckley & District Museum
  • Framework Knitters` Cottages
  • Lower Bond Street
  • Hinckley
  • Leicestershire
  • LE10 1QU
  • e-mail hinckleymuseum@hotmail.co.uk
  • Tel. 01455 251218 [open days only]

Things to See

New displays for 2018 include -

What did the Romans ever do for us? – Roman finds from the Hinckley area, including a full-size model of a Roman chariot.

1680 and all that – Hinckley town in the seventeenth century.

The calculating Countess – Ada Lovelace.

World War One: 1918.

Three Brewers – Bass, Butler and Worthington. Three nationally known brewers from Hinckley and nearby, with artefacts on loan from the National Brewery Centre, Burton-on-Trent. Part of the local commemoration of the 300th anniversary of the birth of William Bass in conjunction with Hinckley & Bosworth CAMRA.

What did the Romans ever do for us? – Roman finds from the Hinckley area, including the return of the Hinckley Head, and a full-size model of a Roman chariot.

“Bombs gone” commemorating Hinckley`s own Dambuster, Geoffrey Rice, DFC.

“Gone for a soldier” – the Boer War memories of Sharrad Gilbert.

The Cottages

The museum cottages are the most complete example of half-timbered buildings remaining in Hinckley and date from the seventeenth century, being originally built as a farmhouse. They are of box-frame construction with a tie-beam roof, with brick infill panels of the late 1700s which replaced the original wattle and daub. By the nineteenth century there were three cottages, and these were bought by Colonel Clive Atkins in 1919 and restored and altered to their present appearance between 1927-8. The Hinckley and District Museum has been housed in the cottages since 1996.

Framework Knitting

The craft of framework knitting once took place in the museum cottages. A reconstruction of a framework knitter`s cottage room setting can be viewed, and the frame on display is typical of the hand operated frames used in the domestic phase of the industry in Hinckley from the seventeenth to the nineteenth century.

Building Appeal

In 2014/15 the museum`s roof was re-thatched and other work was undertaken with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

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