Bassetlaw Museum and Pilgrim Gallery

Bassetlaw Museum, Grove Street, Retford, Nottinghamshire, DN22 6LA
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Bassetlaw Museum – a ‘little gem’ in the heart of the historic market town of Retford.

Discover the stories of North Nottinghamshire from its earliest people to the present day in the beautiful setting of Amcott House. Explore the grade II* listed Georgian house, its changing displays and temporary exhibits. Venture into the serene grounds and visit the Rural Heritage Centre. See the archaeology, history, art, agriculture and industry that have shaped this historic area. Step back in time in the Victorian school room and experience the 1940s in the museum's wartime kitchen.

Collections highlights include the Carlton-in Lindrick knight figurine, an Anglo-Saxon log boat and the Retford civic plate collection.

Pilgrims Gallery

Explore the Mayflower story in the exciting new gallery, which is the latest addition to Bassetlaw Museum. Travel back in time to the 17th century William Brewster’s study and hear the tale of the Pilgrims struggles and quest for freedom.

The Pilgrims Gallery is part of a £750,000 National Lottery-funded project which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower’s voyage to America in 1620.

The museum and gallery host a varied programme of exhibitions, events and activities, as well as provide education sessions for schools and interest groups.

For more information, please contact us by phone on 01777 713749 or email.

The museum is located on Grove Street, Retford, a short walk from the Market Square. For information about parking and public transport, please visit the museum's website.

Open Art Exhibitions 2020 - Call for Entries!                                                                        

Bassetlaw Museum invites individuals of all ages to exhibit new work in the Percy Laws Gallery.

Inspired by the Mayflower 400 Anniversary, the gallery encourages entries that relate to the following themes:                                                                                                                                                                      

Journeys - which could be as broadly interpreted as you wish (exhibition dates: Sat 18 July – Sat 10 Oct 2020)

Where it began - an interpretation of the Mayflower story in the local area (exhibition dates: Sat 17 Oct 2020 – Sat 9 Jan 2021)



FREE to enter

The work must have been inspired by Pilgrim Roots or the Mayflower 400 Anniversary.                                                                           

All pieces have to be delivered on the following days:

Journeys – Monday 13 July 2020

Where it began – Monday 12 Oct2020                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     

You can find out more about the exhibition on Bassetlaw Museum's website.

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  • Guide Dogs Permitted - Dogs are welcome on leads
  • Indoor Attraction - Baby changing facilities, breastfeeding friendly, the ground floor of the museum, Pilgrims Gallery and the Rural Heritage Centre are accessible to wheelchair users. Unfortunately, access to the first floor is by stairs only
  • Picnic Site - There is no café on site, but you are welcome to bring a picnic and enjoy it in the garden.
  • Toilets for Disabled Visitors

Provider Preferences

  • In town/city centre

Venue Facilities

  • Shop

Opening Times

Bassetlaw Museum and Pilgrim Gallery (1 Jan 2020 - 31 Dec 2020)
Monday - Saturday10:00 - 16:45

* Last admission at 4:30pm daily

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