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Family Fun to Mark Museum's 50 Years

Date Published: 24 April 2019
Museum 50 years

Rutland County Museum is holding a family fun day next month as part of celebrations to mark its 50th anniversary as one of the County’s favourite visitor attractions.

The Museum, in Oakham, tells the story of Rutland’s history, archaeology and geology, and was officially opened on 12 May 1969 after ten years of campaigning and fundraising by local charity Friends of Rutland County Museum.

The Museum’s 50th anniversary Family Day takes place on Saturday 11 May 2019 and will be supporting the national Get Creative Festival, with free arts and crafts activities for children aged four and older.

All the crafts will all have a textile theme and include puppet making, embroidery and French knitting. Members from the Rutland Quilters group will also be demonstrating their techniques and helping visitors to have a go themselves.

There are two sessions running from 10am to 12pm and 1pm to 3pm. Entry costs £2 per child, while adults go free. There is no need to book, although spaces are limited.

Other events taking place this year as part of Rutland County Museum’s 50th anniversary celebrations include: 

  • Special Exhibition: 50 Years of Family Board Games, 13 July to 7 September 2019
  • Summer Workshop: Space 1969 – The Moon Landing, 31 July 2019
  • Special Exhibition: Victorian and Edwardian Back to School, 21 September t0 23 November 2019
  • Special artefact unveiling and Friends of Rutland County Museum 60th anniversary celebration, October 2019

Please visit Rutland County Museum's website for event information and timings.

Rutland County Museum is one of the most popular free attractions in the East Midlands and welcomed more than 18,000 visitors last year.

The Museum is open from 10am until 4pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday. 

For more information about upcoming events and activities as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, email: museum@rutland.gov.uk or call: 01572 758440.

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