The objects on display at Harborough Museum are mainly from Leicestershire County Council’s museum collections. The Market Harborough Historical Society’s collection of local history items and antiquities is the foundation of the museum. This collection is managed and cared for by the County Council collections team.

The Harborough Collection now comprises approximately 18,000 items of local history reflecting the stories of the people who have lived here, town and village life, local trades and commerce, and the influence that the town has on its surrounding area.

The internationally-important Hallaton Treasure is showcased in the museum. Found in 2000 by metal detectorist Ken Wallace and the Hallaton Fieldwork Group, the Treasure Gallery contains over 2,500 coins, mysterious offerings and a beautiful and unique 1st century Roman cavalry helmet.

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.

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

Discover the collections on display at Harborough Museum