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Exhibition Celebrates 50 Years of Family Board Games

Date Published: 02 July 2019
Board Games Exhibition

A unique exhibition inviting people to revisit their childhood by celebrating half a century of family board games will open at Rutland County Museum this month.

The exhibition is part of a series of special events and activities taking place throughout 2019 to mark the Museum’s 50th anniversary as one of Rutland’s favourite free visitor attractions.

Rutland County Museum opened its doors for the first time in May 1969 following ten years of campaigning and fundraising by local charity Friends of Rutland County Museum.

The special ‘Game Play’ exhibition looks back at the history of board games, which date back thousands of years but grew rapidly in popularity in the nineteenth century thanks to the introduction of mass production methods.

The temporary display will be on show at the Museum from 13 July to 7 September and will feature around 30 board, card and dice games from the 1920s to the 1970s – all of which are on loan from local collectors.

There will also be plenty of modern games for visitors to play, including giant versions of Snakes and Ladders, Scrabble, Draughts and Dominoes.

“Lots of us will have fond memories of growing up playing board games with our families. So much has changed following the growth of the internet and online games but time spent with family is just as important as it’s always been. This exhibition is a great chance for those of us of a certain age to take a trip down memory lane and relive childhood memories. It’s also a lovely opportunity to show children and grandchildren the types of games that we grew up playing and, perhaps, inspire them to dig out a board game at home.”
Councillor Lucy Stephenson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Leisure 

The Game Play exhibition follows on from Rutland County Museum’s 50th anniversary Family Day, which was held in May to mark the start of its 50-year celebrations.

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

  • 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

Visit the Rutland County Museum 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, visit the Rutland County Museum website, email: museum@rutland.gov.uk or call: 01572 758440.

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