When you visit Peterborough Museum you really do take a step back in time with its own set of history as one of Peterborough’s most historic buildings. Set in the a city centre street, Priestgate, dating back to the 12th Century, the original ‘Neville House’ was built in the 1500s. Some of its stonework still survives in the cellars under the Museum today.
With amazing objects and interactive displays for all ages, the collections comprise over 200,000 items of great national and international importance. The museum also has a lovely coffee house called Squires where you can relax before or after visiting or simply somewhere to pop into when you are in town. It has a gallery for art and exhibitions which change regularly and also provides museum tours for individuals and groups which last around 90 minutes. The tours cover a trip around the museum for the current exhibits and also sometimes a look behind the scenes. And if you are daring enough and not frighntened of the dark the museum also has a tour down below…… Their eerie ancient cellar has a particular reputation, where slamming doors, strange noises and a threatening male presence have been reported. Items have been thrown at some ghost hunters. In addition, a hooded figure, that looks like a monk or priest, has been seen in the cellar, again most recently in April 2015. The cellars have now been opened to the public as ‘The Priestgate Vaults’.
The museum is always looking for volunteers so if you’d like to help in any way please contact the volunteer team on firstname.lastname@example.org.