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Lutterworth & District Museum

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The delivery of the last of our new display cabinets took place last week, and we are now busy preparing the displays ready for opening. As you may have heard, we are holding a “taster” session over the August Bank Holiday weekend so that you can see how we are doing – we won’t be ready for the full tour but please feel free to pop in and see how things are looking.

What can you expect to see when we are finished?

  • The chance to walk through the history of Lutterworth by following a time line
  • Exhibits ranging from Roman times to the present day
  • Lutterworth’s history put in to context
  • The famous Merlin and Whittle engines in a newly interpreted display
  • Video and audio presentations which will hopefully enliven your 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
  • On going development of the displays which will involve more and more research, as we endeavour to bring more of our history to light


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


Welcome to Lutterworth & District Museum. 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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