Kington Museum first opened in June 1986 and is housed in what were the stables of the long defunct King’s Head Inn.
Various grants and much fund-raising have enabled the museum to expand – it now covers four rooms – and consequently enables many more of the artefacts to be accessible to visitors.
Kington Museum depicts the history of the town and outlying districts from prehistoric times. This is achieved through frequently changing exhibitions and displays. At present these include World War I, Farming, Milling, Church Street Through Time, Lady Hawkins School, the 1950s and a fine collection of clocks.
A recent addition which is creating a great deal of interest amoung young and old, is a model of Kington Railway Station circa 1947, complete with operational locomotives.
Recently we have also added a beautifully made early rush holder and an ostrich egg which was brought back from Kenya by a local national serviceman in 1950, a costrel and a dairymaid’s yoke – all of which have been incorporated into present displays.
Shortly the museum will receive treasure trove from the British Museum in the form of eleven Roman coins – all found in close proximity to Kington and each with a great deal of history attached.
The museum is situated in Mill Street opposite The Burton Hotel and car parks and adjacent to the Priary School. Admission is free but being a charitable trust the museum needs donations to ensure its survival.