Rushden Transport Museum
Rushden Transport Museum opened in 1986 as an integral part of the Rushden Historical Transport Society (registered Charity No. 285535) with an ad hoc collection of objects and memorabilia being the kind donations or finds from Society members. As the Society grew, volunteers were able to restore the Victorian Station to reflect its glory days when it was a stop on the Midland railway branch line between Wellingborough and Higham Ferrers in Northamptonshire. The growth of the museum collection rose to the full capacity of the two rooms given over to their storage at that time. The museum became popular with visitors as it brought back nostalgic memories for many and in 2012 the museum was voted The People’s Choice in the Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Forum awards, thanks to the dedication of the Curator for 20 years.
Since that time a Museum Management Group has taken over the running of the museum and the collection has been focused to educate visitors about the road and rail transport of Rushden and the surrounding area and its impact on Rushden’s growth, at the height of the boot and shoe trade.
The Museum Management Group is committed to enhancing relationships with other local museums in particular Rushden Museum through our museum mentor, to enable a collaborative approach to understanding Rushden’s history.
The museum management members attend NMHH forum meetings to enhance their understanding of the workings of other museums and their importance to Northamptonshire’s tourist industry.
Rushden Transport Museum has benefited through courses, grants and advice from the Museum Development East Midlands.