5 Museums Not To Miss This Summer!

As museums start to reopen after months of lockdown, I’ve put together a list of amazing, inspiring, and fascinating museums that you should visit and support as you start getting out and about again this summer! Here I highlight 5 amazing sites that explore everything from military to local history, from natural history to slavery. They’re spread out across England so maybe there’s one local to you, or maybe this will encourage you to take a weekend away somewhere new!

Combined Military Services Museum, Maldon – Essex 

The Combined Military Services Museum in Maldon, Essex, opened in 2004 and explores British military history. The museum collections and displays include a spy collection, a special forces collection, and an armour collection with objects ranging from 1800BC to 1800AD including bronze age spearheads, a viking sword, 17th century pikes, and a Napoleonic period cannon! The museum holds a special place in the hearts of some of the History Indoors team who work and volunteer there so we would love you to visit and delve deeper into this wide ranging collection!
To learn more about the museum or book in for your visit, head over to their website: https://www.cmsm.co.uk/

Hull and East Riding Museum, Hull – Yorkshire

The Hull and East Riding Museum is a hidden gem, and surrounded by lots of other fantastic museums and an aquarium which make Hull the perfect place for a weekend away! This TARDIS-like museum includes a huge woolly mammoth, a 2,300-year-old iron age boat, and a walk-through Celtic village! There’s also a reconstructed Roman town including some of the best preserved mosaics found in Britain and a section that tells the story of Hull during the Civil War. 

To find out more about the museum and book your slot, visit their website: https://www.hcandl.co.uk/museums-and-galleries/hull-and-east-riding-museum/hull-and-east-riding-museum 

The Workhouse, Southwell – Nottinghamshire

Now for something a bit different; the Southwell Workhouse is a National Trust site in Nottinghamshire. Built in the 1820s, the Workhouse is the best preserved of its kind in the country and explores the site’s history from its opening as a purpose-built workhouse through to its use as homeless accommodation in the 1970s. It also includes a new exhibition on Florence Nightingale, and, if the sun is out, why not also explore the grounds and vegetable patches that surround it. 

To book your visit to this atmospheric and thought-provoking site, head over to the National Trust’s website: https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/the-workhouse-southwell 

Winchester City Museum – Hampshire

Next up, we’re off to Winchester! Several of our History Indoors team are or have studied in this historic city, which has been the site of multiple castles, battles, churches, and a Roman forum. The Winchester City Museum explores all of this local history from the Iron Age to modern day, including medieval sculpture, intricate models of the city, and Roman mosaics. It’s right next to Winchester Cathedral, too, so easy to find and a great place to visit. 

To learn more, head over to the Hampshire Cultural Trust website: https://www.hampshireculture.org.uk/winchester-city-museum 

International Slavery Museum, Liverpool – Merseyside

And last but not least, why not head to Liverpool with its many award winning museums. One of these, the International Slavery Musuem, has collections and displays exploring transatlantic slavery, diasporia, racist memorabilia, and modern slavery. It also contains a permanent display of contemporary artworks that respond to transatlantic slavery and its history. 

To explore their collection online and book your next trip, visit their website at: https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/international-slavery-museum 

Thanks for joining us for this whistle-stop tour of five amazing sites that we hope you’ll visit and enjoy. The heritage industry has suffered terribly this last year and your visit and support can go a long way. Stay safe and enjoy your visits! 

By Amy Saunders

Amy did her Undergraduate history degree at the University of Winchester, and after a few years out to complete an MA in London and work in the heritage sector, came back for a PhD in Stuart history, gender, sexuality and heritage. Aside from early modern gender, sexuality and queenship, Amy is also interested in the classical world, and has taught practical mummification (with carrots not bodies!) and directed ancient Greek plays (in translation. They weren’t THAT fancy!). Amy is a distance student living in Yorkshire so hopes to introduce you all to the wonderful heritage sites of the North through history indoors. Interests: Queenship, Sexuality, Heritage, Representation.