Harborough Museum impresses Visit England

Inspection leads to higher score for Market Harborough-based museum

Contributors to the We Are Harborough exhibition

Harborough Museum has received a glowing report from Visit England after a recent visitor satisfaction inspection.

Rising from 74% to 80% in its overall quality score, Harborough Museum joins four other Leicestershire County Council managed museums in gaining high scores from the Visit England Quality Scheme.  

Noting the welcoming, friendly and knowledgeable staff, the assessor also praised the high standard of cleanliness and the interesting exhibition, including the Hallaton Treasure exhibition and toilet facilities. 

In the report, the inspector said: “The layout of the museum is good with sufficient circulation space around and in front of the exhibits and the display cases to move freely.

“The range of content is very good, with the internationally important Hallaton Treasure exhibition being particularly impressive, and including very good interactives and interpretation for children.”

The museum’s website was also highly praised in attracting people to the attraction, which welcomes over 25,000 people per year to Market Harborough.

Councillor Christine Radford, cabinet member for adults and communities, said: “This is fantastic news and I want to congratulate the staff at Harborough Museum for their hard work in making the museum such a welcoming and interesting experience for visitors.

“I’m proud that Visit England recognise how well this museum, along with the other museums we run across Leicestershire, are managed by our teams to make sure we can showcase the county’s heritage.”

The high rating for Harborough Museum joins other county council museums with impressive Visit England Quality Scheme scores, including Melton Carnegie Museum, The 1620s House and Garden, Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and Country Park and Charnwood Museum.

Exhibitions currently on at Harborough Museum include 90 Years of Harborough Theatre and We Are Harborough, which is a community-led exhibition celebrating what makes the Harborough District special to the people who call it home. 

More information about Harborough Museum and upcoming events can be found at www.harboroughmuseum.org.uk

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