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Rutland County Museum exhibition of board games, card games and dice games from the past 50 years

An exhibition inviting people to revisit their childhood by celebrating 50 years of family board games will open at Rutland County Museum this month.

Rutland County Museum opened in May 1969 and the ‘Game Play’ exhibition looks back at the history of board games, which grew in popularity during the 19th Century thanks to the introduction of mass production methods.

The exhibition runs from Saturday July 13 to September 7 and will feature around 30 board, card and dice games from the 1920s to the 1970s – all of which are on loan from local collectors.

Rutland County Museum (9901328)
Rutland County Museum (9901328)

There will also be plenty of modern games for visitors to play, including giant versions of snakes and ladders, Scrabble, draughts and dominoes.

Coun Lucy Stephenson, Rutland County Council cabinet member for culture and leisure, said: “It’s also a lovely opportunity to show children and grandchildren the types of games that we grew up playing and, perhaps, inspire them to dig out a board game at home.”

Other events for the anniversary include 'Space 1969 The Moon Landing' on July 31 and 'Victorian and Edwardian Back to School' from September 21 to November 23.

Rutland County Museum is one of the most popular free attractions in the East Midlands and welcomed more than 18,000 visitors last year.

The museum is open from 10am until 4pm on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday.

For more information about upcoming events and activities as part of the 50th anniversary celebrations, visit the website or call 01572 758440.

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