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All the below exhibitions are at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery unless stated.


Batteries not included | 21 June - 5 October 2014

Batteries not included- the history of toys. An interactive exhibition for all the family looking at toys; past and present, their role and how we feel about them.  


WW1 Exhibition – A shoe maker goes to War | 2 August - 9 November 2014

In July 1914 almost ten thousand men joined the Northamptonshire regiment. One month later Britain was at war with Germany in what was called "the war to end all wars."

This exhibition will look at the stories of some of the shoemakers who fought and how their absence affected those they left behind.  Produced in partnership with the Northamptonshire Regimental Association and the Northamptonshire Yeomanry Association. 

This exhibition is in conjunction with the Conflict and Community project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund 

WWI diaries and letters. 

Museum open until 7pm

2, 4 and 10 September 

An opportunity to see A Shoemaker goes to War exhibition and perhaps watch the performance of 'Regeneration’ at Royal & Derngate.

British Gas

National Grid | 6 September - 23 November

Exhibition produced by National Grid

Discover Northampton's industrial heritage with this exhibition commemorating the dismantling of the 150 year old gasworks site on Towcester Road. With the old site now being regenerated, this exhibition looks back at a power house of the industrial revolution and the lives of those who worked there.

Highlights include historical photographs and a time-lapse video of the demolition.

Hazelrigg House

Echoes of Northampton Castle | 3 October 2014 - 28 February 2015

Exploring one building through 1,000 years

Hazelrigg House, 33 Marefair, Northampton

3 October 2014 – 28 February 2015

Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday

Friday - Saturday 10.00am – 4.00pm

Sunday 12.00pm – 4.00pm

Northampton Castle was one of the most significant Norman Castles in England. Witness to many important events in history, including the trial of Thomas Beckett in 1164, it played a significant role in events leading up to the creation of the Magna Carta. This small exhibition explores the long history of Northampton Castle and how its presence is still felt today. 


UnEarthed:Clare | 7 October - 2 November

Sheelah Mahalath Bewley, Anita Bruce, Kathryn Parsons, Sam Roddan, Sue Shields

Five artists have undertaken a residency researching the life, work and legacy of John Clare, resulting in UnEarthed, a contemporary art exhibition to commemorate the !50th anniversary of the poet's death. Initially installed in Clare Cottage Helpston, the artworks provide personal but innovative insights into the historic and current contexts of Clare's work.

The exhibition is in Northampton as a town of particular relevance to Clare.

The exhibition is in collaboration with The Creative Writers inspired by UnEarthed Artists.  


Town & County | 11 October - 6 December

Northampton Town & County Art Society - 101st Annual Show

A wonderfully exciting array of artists' work will be on display in this ever popular annual exhibition. The work of talented graduates and non-members features alongside the best of Northamptonshire artists. Paintings, sculpture and original print work - most exhibits are for sale.

Tel : 01604 710168

Call for artists!

Have your own work shown in the centre of Northampton for six weeks at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery as part of the Annual Exhibition of Northampton Town & County Art Society.

The Society's Members represent some of the best of Northamptonshire's artists and this is your chance to exhibit them. 

Pick up an entry form from the Northampton Museum & Art  Gallery or send a large stamped addressed envelope to the Exhibition's Secretary.

Entries will be particularly welcome for selection which present a vibrant contemporary approach to art, especially from younger and newly qualified artists.

Membership from the Town & County Society begins with participation in the Annual Exhibitions and this an opportunity to start the process.

For further information contact Mike Salt -  07976 355447

Closing date for entry forms is 1st October 2014


Palimpsests | 15 November - 25 January 2015

What is the meaning of the worn shoe and why is it so powerful? 

An abandoned child's shoe on a pavement, a pile of shoes at a holocaust memorial, a wedding shoe worn once then packed away; why is the worn and used shoe such a resonant and poignant object? Why do images of worn shoes evoke discussions of memory and loss?

Palimpsests explores ways that shoes become vessels or records of memory and why the imprint or trace of a body demands that we re collect.

This exhibition is curated by artist and footwear designer, Ellen Sampson.  

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825th Anniversary of Northampton Charter Exhibition | 15 -18 November, The Guildhall

A small temporary exhibition telling the story of Northampton being granted its Royal Charter.

A Christmas Cracker

It's a Christmas Cracker | 20 November - 4 January 2015

Get in the festive spirit with our Christmas board game and see winter themed art, shoes and history from our very own collections. 


Brownies' Centenary Exhibition | 29 November - 11 January 2015

A exhibition to celebrate 100 years of the Brownies. 

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70 80 Print | 20 December - 22 February 2015

A close up look at our collection of prints from the 1970s and 1980s.

From screen printing to  lino printing, aquatint and woodblock all will be represented in the artists'work. The show includes work by Sir Peter Blake and Sir Terry Frost.  

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Home | 23 December - 29 March 2015

A journey around Northamptonshire in art. 

To bring to a close the 825th anniversary of Northampton having a Royal Charter, Northampton Museum is exhibiting work by local artists depicting the town and surrounding area. Artists included in the exhibition are Peter Newcombe, Roger Corfe and John Donnelly and many more.  

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