History & Heritage
Independent award-winning museum run by volunteers with Free Admission
Who are we?
Desborough Heritage Centre houses displays covering the history of Desborough from very early settlements to the 19th and 20th centuries.
Come in and look around, or spend some time, if you wish, chatting to the museum’s enthusiastic volunteers about Desborough history, buildings and people.
What do we do?
Desborough has been an important place of settlement for thousands of years. Remains have been found here from the stone age, 10,000 years ago.
Archaelogical finds record inhabitants from 2,000 BC to the 7th century AD, that is through the Bronze Age, Iron Age and Roman Occupation, through to the time when Anglo Saxons adopted Christianity.
Visit Desborough Family History group
The group meets in the Heritage Centre every Thursday from 1pm to 3pm...
Join the Heritage Centre for coffee
Join Desborough Heritage Centre for coffee morning every first Saturday of...
The development of Rigid Containers
While the Heritage Centre is being re-arranged, after its reduction of its superb WWI exhibition...
The Desborough Mirror
Splendid among one of these archaelogical finds is the famous bronze Desborough Mirror...
The Desborough Necklace
Seven centuries later, another important lady must have worn the gold Desborough Necklace...
Desborough Boot & Shoe Room
From 1868 Desborough has had 29 boot and shoe factories of which Cheaney's, founded in 1886...
Also seizing visitors' attention among the 'things' of all sizes and kinds in the Centre is a magnificent...