Towcester Museum: A window into the past

Housed in a historic property bought with the help of a Charity Bank loan, Towcester Museum documents the city's fascinating past. Chairman Rob Hamlin describes how community passion turned vision into reality.

Towcester Museum is a great example of how members of a community can get together to showcase the heritage of their local area. After 15 years of campaigning, we are now able to tell the story of Towcester's inhabitants from as early as the Iron Age.

Our museum is the result of a successful community asset transfer. We proposed converting a former Georgian coaching inn owned by the council into a museum to help further social and economic objectives in Towcester. This meant the council was able to offer us the building at less than its full market value.

Charity Bank provided a property loan that helped us to buy the building. The loan also worked as an endorsement of our credibility and long-term plans, which helped us to secure a £50,000 grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund alongside other smaller grants.

"After 15 years of campaigning, we are now able to tell the story of Towcester's inhabitants from as early as the Iron Age."

Rob Hamblin, Chairman, Towcester Museum

Towcester now has a thriving museum: a window into the rich history of the town from the tools traded here in the Iron Age to the wars waged by the Romans. Local schools visit our live history days, events are run for those with special needs and our volunteer scheme has helped many people into employment. Attracting visitors to the town, the museum has also helped local business thrive.


Towcester Museum Rob Hamlin Outside Cropped

Rob Hamblin, Chairman, outside Towcester Museum