Museum Opening Event: 13th & 14th August!

To celebrate the opening of the new museum there will be a host of colourful characters from the 900 years of history at Norton Priory. Explore the Medieval living history camp in the ruins, meet Georgians in the summer house, and enjoy birds of prey and family activities.

You can enjoy the new exhibitions telling the story of Norton Priory with brand new interactives and objects never seen on display before.

There will be so much to enjoy at this event, with living history exploring Norton Priory’s stories over the past 900 years, from medieval monastery, to house under siege in the Civil War, through to the Georgian grandeur of the mansion. We’ll share a glimpse of what’s in store each day in the lead up to the weekend.

To start, here are two of the chaps who will be there, helping to demonstrate the stories of 13th century knights who were benefactors of the priory. You can also discover the skeleton of a real knight of those times who was buried at Norton Priory after he came to a violent end.


Over the special launch weekend you’ll be able to meet Civil War characters and find out how Katherine Brooke and just 80 other people defended the house at Norton Priory against 1500 Royalists and drove them off. You can also see relics of the 1643 siege in the new museum.


During our special launch weekend on 13th and 14th August, you’ll be able to discover the splendour of Norton Priory in Georgian times when wealthy guests attended parties in the mansion and enjoyed landscaped pleasure gardens.


So, in addition to the medieval and Civil War reenactment displays there will be a chance to meet a range of Georgian characters and experience some living history from a fascinating but lesser known period of Norton Priory’s past.

The living history activities run from 10am to 5pm over the weekend of 13th & 14th August and are included in the standard admission prices for the museum – Adults £6.70, Children £4.75, Family (2+3) £19.25, Under 4’s free.