Harborough Museum

Gilmorton gold ornaments

Gilmorton gold ornaments

Harborough Museum displays archaeology from Harborough District dating from the Neolithic period which was around 4,500 years ago to 17th century objects linked to the English Civil War. The Market Harborough Historical Society’s collection includes more exotic archaeology from Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Amongst the oldest items on display are the beautiful ‘basket ornaments’ found by a metal detectorist in Gilmorton which date to about 2,500 BC. These mysterious items are thought to be earrings or hair decorations. Their strange name refers to their shape. The impact of gold at this time must have been huge. Only important people in society would have been able to own a piece of gold worn as a symbol of their status.

Amongst the oldest items on display are these beautiful ‘basket ornaments’ found by a metal detectorist in Gilmorton which date to c. 2,500 BC
The ornaments as they are displayed in Harborough Museum

These delicate and rare objects are among the earliest metal objects in Britain and are the oldest example of metalworking from Leicestershire. They are of a style previously known only from Iberia and a 19th century find from Ireland. This particular style is therefore not native to Britain.

Gilmorton

Gilmorton is a village near Lutterworth and the former RAF Bruntingthorpe site, which is now an Aerodrome. Many inhabitants in the early 19th century worked as framework knitters

You can go on a nice walk around Gilmorton and the surrounding area, or visit a nearby attraction such as the Aviation Museum, or Armourgeddon.

A disused windmill, which still stands in Gilmorton.
A disused windmill, which still stands in Gilmorton.

New Year Crafts

New Year Crafts

After you’ve enjoyed Christmas, why not get ready for the New Year by doing some simple family crafts? Join our volunteers on 28 December between 10am-12pm or find the crafts on our Activity Cart anytime! Continue Reading

Opening hours

Tuesday - Friday: 10am to 6pm

Saturday: 10am to 4pm

Sunday - Monday: Closed

Free entry


Contact details

Tel: 0116 305 3627

Address: The Symington Building, Adam & Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT

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