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Hallaton Museum is situated in The Tin Tab, Churchgate, Hallaton.

Opening times: 2.30 - 5.00 pm Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holidays. May to end September. Free entry. Donations welcome.
Special opening of the museum, guided village tours and walks to Castle Hill can be arranged by prior appointment.


Denis Kenyon:07834 324352, email d.kenyon2014@hotmail.co.uk

Julia Whittome: 01858 555749, email Julia@pawsche.org

Registered Charity 1080871

2016 Exhibition
Hallaton in the Great War
Tales of the Unexpected

The Hallaton Great War Project Group have created a stunning exhibition telling the stories of Hallaton men and women who served in WW1. Tales of the Unexpected, from Swords to Submarines and much more. See to believe...

Contact Denis Kenyon - 07834 324352 or d.kenyon2014@hotmail.co.uk for Group visits.

Official Opening of the Restored Tin Tab
30th June 2012

Celebrating the restoration of the Tin Tabernacle and the opening of the new museum on Saturday 30th June 2012. Thanks to a generous grant of £39,772 from the Heritage Lottery Fund and further financial support from Leicestershire County Council, The Arts Council, Garfield Weston and the Manifold Trust, the Hallaton 'Tin Tab' has been restored and is now home to the museum's exhibitions of the Hallaton Treasure, Bottle Kicking, Victorian history of the Tin Tab with social history and research facilities.

Left to right: Market Harborough District Cllr David Beaty and Mrs Beaty, Denis Kenyon Hallaton PCC, Leicestershire County Cllr David Sprason, Joan Bray Committee Member for the Heritage Lottery Fund, Vice Chairman Harborough District Council Cllr Geraldine Robinson and consort, Rob Clarke LCC and Carol Kirby Chairman Hallaton Museum.

Hallaton Museum's New Image - The Tin Tab

Hallaton Tin-Tabernacle - A work in progress

The History of Hallaton Tin Tabernacle

Known as Tin Tabernacles or 'Tin Tabs' they were cheap to produce, easily transported and erected and durable.

Corrugated iron was the material used for the original 'flat-pack' buildings which by the mid-nineteenth century were being made in many shapes and sizes to be sent all over the world wherever temporary buildings were needed.

Some served as churches or chapels, others as accommodation in the goldfields, as hospitals, shepherds' huts and pigsties.

In 1894 the new rector of Hallaton, Canon Chetwynd-Stapylton purchased this building to serve the village for recreation and as a reading-room.

However his generous gesture failed to secure him a seat on the Parish Council and he subsequently recorded his disappointment in the Parish Magazine:-

"I thought that I have established a fair claim to be accounted a good citizen of Hallaton. I have stood entirely alone in the erection of a Parish Room, at considerable cost, in furnishing, heating and lighting it and supplying it with newspapers, etc. as a reading room for two winters..."

The Parish Room opened from early November till late March. As Hallaton was predominantly an agricultural village, people would have had little time for relaxation other than in the winter months.

There are records of dances, talks, Mothers' Meetings and private gatherings taking place but by 1926 the Tin Tab had been superseded by the Stenning Hall. It continued to be used for small events, family parties, occasional whist drives, Brownies, and the Youth Club and was leased to Leicestershire Education Authority as a temporary classroom for evacuees from London during the Second World War. It remained in use for PE and as the school dining-hall until 2010.

Hallaton Parochial Church Council, recognising its historical importance, then offered it to Hallaton Museum so that it could once more play a part in the village community.

Using local tradespeople, the resotration of this building was completed in less than five months. A record of the work can be seen on the digital picture frame and a list of funding agencies is displayed outside.

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