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Address: | Adam & Eve Street, Leicestershire County Council, The Symington Building, Market Harborough LE16 7LT, England
Phone Number:
+44 116 305 3627
10:30 - 16:00
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Mon - Sat 10:30 - 16:00

Market Harborough’s Library, Museum, Adult Learning and Registration...

Market Harborough’s Library, Museum, Adult Learning and Registration Services have come together as Symington 1 on the first floor of The Symington Building, a former corset factory on Adam and Eve Street.

The combined services at Symington 1 provide an exciting cultural and heritage hub in the heart of the community.

The interior is designed to inspire, encourage and support learning for everybody of all ages and abilities, while the original exterior of the Grade II building preserves the manufacturing legacy of the site.

Following its refurbishment, Harborough Museum features new displays that celebrate the history and people of Market Harborough and its surrounding area.

As well as the return of the Hallaton Treasure, with items including 5,000 Iron Age coins and a Roman helmet, visitors can now step inside the reconstructed Falkner’s boot and shoe making workshop.

With changing displays in a dedicated special exhibition space and a shared entrance with the new library, this is an exciting, fresh space for the town.

From borrowing the latest bestseller to delving into your family history, Market Harborough library has it all. With an ICT suite, local history information and learning rooms, there is something for everyone.

As well as over 33,000 items to borrow, the new Story Place combines museum exhibits with the children’s library so that families can enjoy learning and reading together.

If you are in need of a new job or a fresh direction, Leicestershire Adult Learning Service could help you find your way. Whether it’s a

new language, an upgrade of your key skills or a new qualification, see where Leicestershire Adult Learning Service can take you.

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Small but fascinating

Popped in one wet Saturday while shopping. There are a surprising number of exhibits for a small museum and as new residents in the area we found it informative with all the... read more

Reviewed 17 March 2017
Joyce W
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Reviewed 17 March 2017

Popped in one wet Saturday while shopping. There are a surprising number of exhibits for a small museum and as new residents in the area we found it informative with all the exhibits well displayed and annotated. Particularly interesting were the details of the Hallaton hoard and helmet. Well worth a visit

Thank Joyce W
Leicester, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

A great display on the Hallaton hoard and shrine, full of interactive exhibits, my young children loved it even though they are both quite small. I found the local history exhibition well presented but less informative, being less well themed and lacking in chronology. This is an interesting local museum, and worth an hour if you're passing through...

1 Thank CaptainBlackmore
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 20 January 2017

This museum might be on the small side but has lots to offer and is free entry and has a gift shop full of great gifts.

1 Thank Ed E
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 6 January 2017

Since the refurbishment I have been a number of times with my young children. It's small but the displays are packed and I find it interesting. The kids absolutely love coming here - there are lots for them to look at, toys to play with and even a couple of items to try on! Every time we pass by they... More 

1 Thank erikakaka79
Ipswich, UK
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Reviewed 28 October 2016

Good for a quick visit with lots of interesting exhibits relating to the history of Market Harborough

Thank Demeterking
Leicestershire, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 13 October 2016

Always interesting to visit the museum, no matter how many times I take friends and family when they visit me I'm always pleasantly surprised at how many exhibits the museum has and I always seem to see something new.

Thank sandrasT4664RY
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Reviewed 21 September 2016 via mobile

Excellent displays , of old MH and treasure trove . Great for visitors friends and children . Free admission. Great mosaic corsets.👏

Thank Joanne T
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

At the back of the town library and above a deli is the Harborough museum and local history archive. There is an ecletic mix of memorabilia from the local area. Items from local craft workshops and industries aswell as pertaining to the town's development as a market for local farmers are all attractively displayed. Staff are on hand to advise.

Thank kishere t
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 19 July 2016

A lovely little place, great for educational trips. I'd recommend to anyone. I went with my family and it was amazing! I think they have got much more involved now that it's been refurbished

Thank Hayden B
Market Harborough, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 8 July 2016 via mobile

A wonderful little museum about Harborough that is situated at the back of the library. There is loads to look at and it's fascinating for any history fanatic. Staff are very friendly, easy to get around worth a look and it's free!!! One of my favorite spots to pop too on a rainy day in town.

Thank dutchwarrior84

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