Museum exhibition

An exhibition, Tensions and Turbulence: Castle Donington 1300-1600, opened in Castle Donington museum, in NW Leicestershire, on 15 April and will run to the end of September. It was curated by Dr Pam Fisher of Leicestershire VCH Trust, and marks the publication of a paperback history of Castle Donington, the first book to be published in the Leicestershire VCH series since 1964. The title of the exhibition alludes to the execution of several of Castle Donington’s lords for the support they gave to the ‘wrong’ king in the various challenges to the crown in the 14th century, to the destruction of the watermills by floodwaters on two occasions in the 16th century, the actions of a controversial manorial steward and the formation and subsequent dissolution of a religious guild. With displays, documents, artefacts and activities to suit all ages and interests, it is hoped that many local people and others will visit this independent museum and discover more about the history of this fascinating medieval town. The museum is a stockist for the recently-published VCH Castle Donington paperback. The museum, in Apiary Gate, is open on Saturday mornings, 10-12.30, and Sunday and Bank Holiday afternoons, 2.00-4.30.

The book will also be on sale on the Leicestershire VCH stall at Castle Donington’s Medieval Market in Borough Street on Bank Holiday Monday, 1 May 2017. Leicestershire VCH will also be at Castle Donington Community Library on the morning of Saturday 20 May, and in July, will be running guided tours of St Edward’s church on Wednesday afternoons 19th and 26th July, as part of the two-week national Festival of Archaeology, where books can also be purchased.