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Autumn programme offers something for everyone at Newarke Houses Museum

Published on Wednesday, October 26, 2022

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Image of children in Leicester courtesy of the East Midlands Oral History Archive

NEWARKE Houses Museum – Leicester’s social history and regimental museum – has something for everyone to enjoy this autumn.

There’s a last chance to see a bold and colourful exhibition that celebrates arts and crafts inspired by nature.

Featuring ceramics, watercolours, clothes and other objects, and including works by the designer William Morris and the Leicester artist Isabella Charters, Nature’s Art explores the role of gardens in inspiring artists throughout time.

Nature’s Art: Gardens in Leicester and Beyond continues until Sunday (30 October). Admission is free.

Halloween will be marked at Newarke Houses with two spooky Ghostwalks.

An experienced Blue Badge guide will lead ghost-hunters around the dark corners of the museum and surrounding area, pausing at the ancient Newarke Gateway and historic Castle to discover the secrets lurking in the shadows.

Suitable for those aged 12 and above, the 90-minute-long Ghostwalks will take place on Saturday (29 October) and on Halloween (Monday 31 October), starting at 5pm.

Tickets, which are selling fast, are priced at £12, with a concessionary rate of £10.

Book your ticket online at or call the museum on 0116 225 4980 to reserve your place. Torches will be provided.

Budding archaeologists of all ages can have their finds identified at a special event on Thursday 3 November.

Discovered items made of metal, stone or ceramic will be given the once-over by a local expert at the museum’s Archaeological Finds Day. Drop in with your finds any time between 10am and 2pm. Admission is free.

Getting under way on Friday 4 November is the annual exhibition of the Leicester Society of Artists (LSA).

Showcasing a wide range of visual arts, including painting and sculpture, the exhibition features works by artists from across Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland, with artworks from the show available to purchase.

The exhibition will continue until 18 December and admission is free.

A 20th Century Childhood is the theme for a talk by local historian Cynthia Brown on Sunday 6 November at 2pm.

Housing, outings, holidays and memories of the Second World War, pictured, will all be discussed in this hour-long illustrated talk about growing up in Leicester.

Tickets are £5 and can be bought online or by calling the museum on 0116 225 4980. Refreshments will be available.

Newarke Houses Museum is on The Newarke, Leicester, LE2 7BY.

More information about what’s on at all Leicester’s museums is available at



Picture caption: War-time sandbags being laid at Leicester's Charles Street police station. Image courtesy of the East Midlands Oral History Archive