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Lutterworth & District Museum

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Welcome to Lutterworth and District Museum!

OUR OPENING HOURS ARE THURSDAY TO SUNDAY, 10AM TO 3PM.

We will be closing for Christmas at 3pm on Sunday December 18th, and re-opening at 10am on Thursday 12th January 2023

 

UPCOMING FEATURES…..

Commencing on Thursday 24th November at the Museum…

Lutterworth College Year 10 GCSE Art Students will be displaying work based on their studies of the architecture of Lutterworth.  

There will be approximately 40 pieces on display – entry is FREE so please come along to view and enjoy this exhibition by the younger members of our community.

 

…and then of course, as always at the museum…

  • Walk through the history of Lutterworth by following a time line
  • View exhibits ranging from Roman times to the present day
  • Consider Lutterworth’s history put in to context
  • See the famous Merlin and Whittle engines in a newly interpreted display
  • Learn from video and audio presentations which will hopefully enliven your experience
  • Experience key timeline exhibits that will always be there, and other exhibits that we will rotate over time to keep the visitor experience as fresh as possible
  • And then come back later as on going development of the displays, which will involve more and more research, brings more of our history to light

Remember, if you want to add your name to our growing list of volunteers to become involved with the project, please let us know!

 

We are an independent museum, staffed & run entirely by volunteers. Our aim is to collect and preserve the documents & artefacts which chart the history of Lutterworth & its surrounding network of villages from earliest times to the present day.

We’re located at our new site at “High Point”, immediately to the left of the Shambles pub, and we hope to re-open our doors to visitors for a “taster” session at the end of August 2022, with full opening hopefully at the end of September. Contact us to find out more.

We are one out of only 51 Independent Museums in the East Midlands who have achieved FULL Accreditation.
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Unique Archive of Sir Frank Whittle Memorabilia

Amongst our collection is a unique archive of memorabilia of Sir Frank Whittle, Power Jets and the early history of the jet engine. Pride of place goes to the “cut away” example of the Whittle W2 700 jet engine which has been kindly loaned to us by Leicestershire Museums, and which allows visitors to see the internal workings of the engine. This version of the engine was the model that powered the Gloster Meteor in which Sir Frank took his first jet powered flight. The museum also holds a copy of the original patent for the concept of the jet engine, registered by Sir Frank in 1930, and which was later developed by Power Jets who were based at the Ladywood Works in Lutterworth from 1938 – 1944. We also have a copy of the American patent from the 1940’s.

The first successful flight took place on May 15th 1941, from Cranwell in Lincolnshire. Sir Frank telegraphed his team of engineers at their offices in Brownsover Hall, Rugby, to tell them of its success. The team opened a precious bottle of champagne to celebrate, and each of them signed the label on the bottle. That bottle is displayed in our museum adjacent to the engine.

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