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Harborough Museum
The Collections

The Collections

The Market Harborough Collection is formed around the collection of antiquities created by the Market Harborough Historical Society.

Sitting at a crossroads at the edge of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire, the Harborough Museum collects material relating to the landscape and communities of Market Harborough and its surrounding area as defined by the 18th and 19th century carrier routes. It includes areas of Leicestershire and Northamptonshire from Billesdon in the north, Lamport in the south, Husbands Bosworth in the west and Caldecot in the east.

The Harborough Collections now comprise approximately 18,000 items of local history reflecting the stories of the people who have lived here and the influence that the town has on its surrounding area.

The collections reflect the history and development of local communities, town and village life including local trades and commerce and stories of people who have travelled to and from Harborough. The collections also include objects which record the contribution of local individuals to the domestic and social life of the area. The museum has an extensive collection of local photographs.

You can find out more about the collections of Leicestershire on the Leicestershire Museum Collections website.

Sun Fire Office plaque, with the image of a sun in gold.

Historical Society

A revised set of rules from 1918, to be followed by employees of R & W H Symington & Co Ltd

R & WH Symington

An Anglo-Saxon brooch and necklace found at West Langton by Time Team in 2010. It is in the shape of a butterfly, golden and features intricate details with many curls and open spaces. There are beads surrounding it.

Local archaeology

Shoe lasts from Mr Falkner's workshop, in Harborough Museum

Falkners workshop

A photograph of 'She's Lost Her Liberty', which was used to advertise the Liberty Bodice

Liberty Bodice

A close-up photograph of some Symington's food packaging including an orange-flavour dessert mix and maple and walnut flavour table cream

Symington Food

A close-up image of the Lubenham stable door

Lubenham stable door

A sample of rubber buttons manufactured by The Harboro' Rubber Co Ltd

Harboro’ Rubber Co.

Brocade shoes of Papillion Hall.

Papillon Hall shoes

Dating from the early 17th century, a unique hoard of more than 200 toys was found behind a bricked-up stairwell in St. Dionysisus Church in the centre of Market Harborough. The toys include whip-tops, tip-cats, small balls and sap whistles.

Harborough Toys

Dating from the 15th century, the large oak twin-figured roof bosses are decorative carvings from the beams of St Dionysius’ Church in Market Harborough.

St Dionysius roof bosses

'The Golden Horse' written by K Wallis Coales. Harborough Museum has a number of works by K Coales

Kathleen Coales

An advert for Ernest Elliot 'Original Humour at the Piano, Original Sketches in Living Marionettes'

Ernest Elliott Marrionettes

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Address: The Symington Building, Adam and Eve Street, Market Harborough, LE16 7LT (Car Park: LE16 7XA)

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