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 a limit on the number of visitors at any one time to enable social distancing
  • Put in a safety screen at the reception counter
  • Installed public hand sanitiser points in all areas and an increased cleaning regime
  • Created one-way systems were possible, including for entry and exit
In return, we ask you to help us by
  • Wearing a face covering when inside our building
  • Maintaining social distancing from other visitors and volunteers
  • Using the hand sanitisers provided
  • Following any one-way systems and respect new signage or verbal instructions
  • Taking personal responsibility for managing any children who are part of your group, to ensure that they observe social distancing and good hygiene practice

Sneak Peek!

Take a look at the exhibitions we put on in 2021

Conflict between the Grey and Hastings families during the 15th/16th centuries
The Greys and Hastings around the Hinckley area

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We trace the history from the death of Sir John Grey in 1461 whilst fighting for the Lancastrians. His widow, Elizabeth Woodville, married Edward IV setting the stage for conflict between the Greys who had been staunch Lancastrians and the Hastings who were fervent Yorkists. The two families could never trust each other. We follow their fortunes and misfortunes, when control of land meant immense power for the noble families, through to the death of Henry Grey in 1554, executed along with his daughter Jane for their involvement in trying to retain a Protestant monarchy. Feuding between Greys and Hastings resulted in vandalism at St Martins Church, Desford.

WWII Prisoners of War
Beyond the Wire - Our POW experience

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Whether your standpoint is from beyond the wire looking in or beyond the wire looking from the inside out, the Prisoner of War experience of World War Two massively effects the lives of local people. This exhibit explores this experience both from the perspective of those who were captured and imprisoned but also those at home, all of whom had to wait four years and more for the incarceration to end.
The display focuses particular attention on the experience of local Prisoners of War in the Far East under Japanese rule. The exhibit's artifacts have been loaned to the Museum by local families and reflect the themes of loss, bravery, courage, isolation and yet hope and in some cases reconciliation. The exhibit examines the post war rehabilitation or otherwise of the returning freed prisoners as the POW experience became part of popular culture.
The display will also include local testimony to the fact that our local area played host to POWs from the Axis forces and that German and Italian personnel were to be seen as a common and accepted sight in our area.

Sketchley Dye Works
Sketchley Plc - From Factory to a Field

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The story of how this high street mammoth was reduced from a factory to a field in a little over 100 years is told partly with historical artifacts and as part art installation. A company employing thousands of local families throughout the years, with international and global reach, Sketchley was such a part of the local landscape. The story has been compiled with material from the Museum collection itself but the majority will be formed from the private collections of people who worked there and who lament its loss.

Viewing Hinckley with Maps over the Centuries
Sketchley Plc - From Factory to a Field

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Would you like to find out how and why Hinckley grew as shown in these maps? The full story will be revealed in this new display.

Roman coins found near Hinckley

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