Past Exhibitions


Hidden Histories


Self Sufficiency: Do or Die

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2016 Exhibition
Hallaton in the Great War
Tales of the Unexpected

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The Hallaton Great War Project Group have created a stunning exhibition telling the stories of Hallaton men and women who served in WW1. Tales of the Unexpected, from Swords to Submarines and much more. See to believe…

2016 Exhibition
Hallaton in the Great War
Tales of the Unexpected

Barbed wire, sandbags, a genuine Vickers machine gun capable of firing 450 rounds per minute – stepping into Hallaton Museum’s Tales of the Unexpected exhibition is to be propelled back to a time of mechanised war, unbelievable bloodshed and quiet heroism.

Have a wander round: there are plenty of diversions, including a corner of a munitions factory, stereoscopic photographs and even a rifle to pick up and try. But if you can (and you really should), linger a little longer and dig deeper to truly appreciate the breathtaking scope of the project. For woven into the exhibition is a fascinating and moving narrative concerning the men and women of Hallaton, abroad and on the home front – stories such as those of Emer Coleman Driver, who died of his wounds in 1916, and Gunner TE Lees, whose grave marker was recovered from a military cemetery in Beirut and on loan from Blaston Church (now) hangs in the museum, as sober a reminder as you can possibly imagine of the human cost of war.

Rendered beautifully, and with outstanding attention to detail, what the Hallaton Great War Project Group has achieved with this exhibition is really quite staggering. Its ultimate accolade is that by telling the story of a tiny village at war, it tells the story of the Great War itself.

Andrew Holmes, Hallaton resident and author

2015 Exhibition
Hallaton’s Cabinet of Curiosities

‘Hallaton’s Cabinet of Curiosities’, the Museum’s 2015 exhibition offers visitors the opportunity of a delightful and curious discovery of treasures that offer a window onto the world of our village.

Also on display:

  • The story of Hallaton Bottle Kicking
  • The Hallaton Hoard
  • Social history and photographs

and much more.

2014 Exhibition
‘Hallaton School, In a Class of its Own’

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Hallaton Museum’s 2014 exhibition ‘Hallaton School – In a Class of its Own’ commemorates the 150 year anniversary of the village primary school. Featuring the history of the school, its teachers and pupils from 1864 to 2014.

Also featured:

  • ‘Brothers in Arms’ – WWI display
  • The Hallaton Hoard
  • The story of the Bottle Kicking and Hare Pie Scrambling
  • Social history and pictures

2013 Exhibition ‘The Village Post Office’


Photograph by Fred Hawke taken outside Hallaton Post Office circa 1912.

NEW FOR 2013

Hallaton Museum’s 2013 exhibition entitled ‘The Village Post Office’ features the life and times of Frederick C Hawke, one of Leicestershire’s longest serving sub-postmasters and a man of great energy and spirit. He served as sub-postmaster in Hallaton for nearly 60 years from 1902 to 1960.

Fred Hawke was also a keen and talented photographer and his many pictures and postcards record village life in the early 1900’s.

Discover what happened on the latest ‘dig’ at Hare Pie Bank, site of the Bottle Kicking, by the Hallaton Field Walking Group.

Also featured:

  • The Hallaton Hoard
  • The story of the Bottle Kicking and Hare Pie Scrambling
  • Social history and pictures

Hallaton Museum opens 2009 Exhibition
‘Rituals, Hoards and Helmets’

On May 23rd Hallaton Museum opened their new exhibition ‘Rituals, Hoards and Helmets’which tells the story of the discovery of the coins and other items which make up the Hallaton Treasure.

The exhibition was declared open by Vicki Score, the archaeologist in charge of the excavations who also gave a short introduction to the history of the site.

About 100 people attended the event in the Stenning Hall including many villagers, Local, District and County Councillors, Professor Colin Haselgrove and members of the Archaeological Department of Leicester University who had been involved with the site from the beginning, together with representatives of several funding organisations and Harborough Museum.

Jane Bray of the Heritage Lottery Fund said how impressed she was with the community involvement of such a small village and what had been achieved.

‘Rituals, Hoards and Helmets’

Rituals, Hoards and Helmets tells the exciting story of the discovery of the Hallaton Treasure by a group of amateur fieldwalkers. Originally the site appeared to be typical of many fields containing Roman pottery but subsequent exploration produced several Iron Age (or Celtic) coins. This is an extremely rare occurrence and the professionals were rapidly contacted and subsequently funding was found to excavate the site. Over three digs many items were discovered beneath the surface of the ploughed field. These included approximately 5,500 coins, a rare Roman cavalry parade helmet, a silver bowl and other precious items. Large amounts of pig bones were also exposed and the experts agreed that what had been found was an important Iron Age religious centre where the local tribe, the Corieltauvi, gathered to feast and make offerings to their gods. Entitled ‘Rituals, Hoards and Helmets’ the exhibition at Hallaton Museum relates the story of this exciting find in photographs, text, displays and the words of the local amateur group who first discovered it.

There will be opportunities for children to try on a replica Roman helmet; drape a ‘Roman’ cloak round their shoulders and have their photograph taken, and piece together a broken pot and sort sherds of pottery. Market Harborough Museum is mounting a major exhibition of the coins and the history of the site which is due to open in September. The exhibition at Hallaton, which is intended to complement their exhibition, offers an opportunity to see the story from a different perspective. Open Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 2.30 – 5.00pm until the end of September. Entry free, donations always very welcome. (or at other times by prior appointment when a small charge will be made.) Group village tours can be arranged. Contact 01858 555305.


The committee of Hallaton Museum is delighted to tell you all that at the Heritage Awards for Leicestershire and Rutland 2009 which were this year held at Stapleford Park Hotel, Hallaton Museum won two awards: ‘BEST EXHIBITION’ and also ‘BEST MUSEUM’ of the year.

These awards are held annually for independent museums throughout Leicestershire and Rutland and are keenly contested. As our museum is not only the smallest by far but is run completely by volunteers and exists pretty much on a financial shoe-string we have a great deal of which to be proud.

Of course this is by no means the only time we have won an award in face of stiff competition and we are highly regarded in the wider community.

Our thanks go to everyone who supports us.

We need as many visitors as possible, so please come along, bring your friends and pass the news on.

2009 Exhibition Opening Event

Photograph showing from left to right:
Rural District Councillor David Beatty, Mrs Kershaw, Mrs Beatty, Tony Kershaw Chair of Leicestershire County Council and Vicky Score archaeologist.

The Old Hallaton Museum in Hog Lane

Hallaton Museum previously in Hog Lane for over 30 years

Heritage Awards 2009