Victorian leisure, entertainment and science in spotlight at new Daventry Museum exhibition

Fascinating objects from the Victorian era are on display in a new Daventry Museum exhibition.

By Lucie Green
Thursday, 1st April 2021, 5:37 pm
Updated Thursday, 1st April 2021, 5:38 pm
Some of the items in the exhibition.
Some of the items in the exhibition.

Visitors are invited to explore an era of wondrous scientific discoveries, theatre and entertainment in the virtual Victorians exhibition.

On display are examples of early motion picture such as the zoetrope and magic lantern, to an architectural model of a Victorian theatre, outfits and an extravagant, green fringed, theatre handbill.

There are lots of ‘hotspots’ of curious Victorian facts to find on the virtual tour and, as always, we like to provide some hands-on activities so you will discover some fantastic resources including, how to make your own puppet theatre and cloth-peg doll, also featured on our resource centre page.

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The exhibition is inspired by the 150th anniversary of The Royal Albert Hall, London, and indeed its precursor, The Great Exhibition of 1851.

It seeks to capture the spirit and ethos behind such institutions as the Royal Albert Hall, sharing a selection of awe-inspiring Victorian inventions and the magic of theatre.

Daventry Museum would like to thank Leicestershire County Council Museum Service for loaning many items you will see on display in this exhibition.