The objects on display at Harborough Museum come from Leicestershire County Council’s museum collections and is formed around The Market Harborough Historical Society’s collection of antiquities, which is cared for by the County Council collections team. The Harborough Collection now comprise approximately 18,000 items of local history reflecting the stories of the people who have lived here, town and village life, local trades and commernce, and the influence that the town has on its surrounding area.
Leicestershire County Council Museums aim to collect and record the natural life of the County and to reflect the histories, interests and aspirations of the people who have made it their home. Harborough Museum is a showcase for some of these collections. As with most museums, not all of our collections can be on display all of the time, for reasons of space as well as to protect and preserve fragile and often irreplaceable objects.
We make the rest of the collections accessible by including them in changing displays and exhibitions, by visits to our Collections Resources Centre, loans to other museums and public organisations, engagement sessions and publications. We are also committed to making more of our collections available digitally.
Our collections are studied and used as inspiration by students, researchers, artists, enthusiasts and academics. Our Collections Resources Centre is the main venue for accessing our collections that are not on display and is open to individuals and small groups by appointment only.
If you wish to make an appointment to access our collections or visit our Collections Resources Centre, please visit the Leicestershire Museum Collections website to book.
You can find out more about the collections of Leicestershire on the Leicestershire Museum Collections website. For more information about the collections on display at Harborough Museum, read the pages below, or visit Our Displays and The Hallaton Treasure.