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Discover Stamford

Discover Stamford

Opened in 2012, Discover Stamford is a vibrant heritage display located within Stamford Library.

It is free entry, and aims to give visitors and locals alike a taste of the vibrant history of the town. Information is provided so that visitors can be inspired to get out into the town and explore for themselves.

The exhibition provides a brief overview of the history and development of the town, from its earliest settlement through to the industrial heritage of the 19th Century. Families and children can enjoy learning about how the town grew rich from its wool trade and from its connection with the Great North Road. Those interested in the town’s Medieval and Georgian past can delve deeper into the town’s history.

Guided maps are available for five different themed trails around the town which allow visitors to explore for themselves how much of the town’s history can still be seen today. It is often said that “a stroll through Stamford’s streets provides a walk through 1,000 years of history”.

At the heart of the display is the colourful and intricate Stamford Tapestry. A 20ft-long embroidery completed in the year 2000, this ‘work of art’ depicts the history of the town in wool. A series of interactives allows visitors to explore the work in detail and find out about the events, people and buildings depicted.

The exhibition is filled with objects and pictures that tell the key stories of this unique stone town and bring its fascinating past to life. Discover for yourself why Stamford is regarded as one of England’s finest stone towns and why for hundreds of years it has attracted travellers from far and wide.

There is a digital display screen showing virtual exhibitions which regularly change throughout the year. Recent displays have featured the history of the library, the First World War and an exhibition to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday. Currently the display is about the history of brewing in the town.


Discover Stamford
Stamford Library
High Street
Stamford, PE9 2BB

Opening Times

Monday, 9am to 5pm
Tuesday, 9am to 5pm
Wednesday, 9am to 5pm
Thursday, 9am to 6pm
Friday, 9am to 5pm
Saturday, 9am to 4pm

For all enquiries, call 01522 782010 or email

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Last updated: 1 August 2016

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