Northampton Borough Council
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Exhibitions

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


Whose round is it

Whose Round Is It?

A History of Brewing in Northampton.

Saturday 3 October - Sunday 31 January 2016

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery 

Beer has always played an important part in the history of Northampton.

From the small scale publican brewers of the 16th and 17th centuries, to the large scale brewers of the 19th century, all provided a vital service to the people of the town.

In the 19th century there were 60 pubs brewing their own beer and 15 larger scale breweries just within Northampton.

Brewing still plays a major part in the town- Carlsberg is a major employer, Frog Island Brewery make traditional ales and Phipps brewery has become re-established after it returned to Northampton in 2004.

Whose Round Is It will look at the part this industry has played in a town that still has over 70 pubs.

In celebration of our 150th anniversary, real ale connoisseurs should keep an eye on the museum shop for the launch of our exclusive limited edition beer, brewed especially for this exhibition to a special heritage recipe!


How does your Garden Grow?

How Does Your Garden Grow?

The Art of the Garden

Saturday 30 January - Sunday 13 March

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

In anticipation of spring's arrival, delight in the art of the garden. From the wild gardens of Portugal to the formal gardens of Britain's stately homes, gardens have inspired countless artists. The exhibition includes the work of Anthony Ashworth Jackson-Stops, Sir Francis Cook and Lucien Pissarro.


Give It Some Welly

The History of the Wellington Boot

Saturday 6 February - Sunday 24 April

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Explore the wonderful world of the Wellington boot. From its origins (named after the Duke of Wellington), to the practical and fashionable rubber welly of today, discover famous welly wearers and try your hand at welly wanging. The exhibition will include wellingtons from the internationally renowned Shoe Collection.


Give it some Welly

bees pollinators of the world

Bees - Pollinators of the World

Saturday 19 March - Sunday 15 May

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery 

Honey bees have undergone a 300 million year journey to become one of the small wonders of our world and are one of the most extraordinary evolutionary creations on our planet. Found in almost every region of the world, honey bees are the key pollinators of flowering plants.

Through stunning photography, this exhibition introduces visitors to the life of the honey bee. From life in a beehive, pollinating flowers and stunning shots of bees in flight, this exhibition explores the importance of the honey bee and how scientific research is helping to secure their future.

Photographs by Heidi and Hans-Jϋrgen Koch.


Art in the Park

Saturday 16 April - Sunday 15 May

Abington Park Museum

Abington's annual open art exhibition is now in its 55th year and showcases the work of Northamptonshire artists. Professional artists, students and hobbyists are all welcome to submit work to the exhibition.  

Download Art in Abington Park Exhibition Conditions of Entry and and Entry Form.

Application forms are also available from Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum.

The last date for entries is 3 April. 

Art in the Park

Looking in Wonderland.

Looking in Wonderland

Saturday 30 April - Sunday 12 June

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Some of the most famous illustrations in the world will be brought to Northampton this year. 

A selection of the best of Sir John Tenniel's illustrations for Lewis Carroll's two Alice books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass (And What Alice Found There) will be on display. 


Landmark Photos of Northampton

Open Exhibition Call for Photographs

Submissions are invited from all photographers for our open exhibition.

Landmark is an opportunity for you to exhibit your photographs of some of Northamptonshire's most iconic buildings, like the National Lift Tower, 78 Derngate and the Eleanor Cross at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.  As well as historic buildings, there are also the new, the domestic, the unseen and the unremarked, and we want to see your photos of them.  
Photos can be submitted by both professionals and amateaurs.  We will print and frame submissions and you get to keep the print at the end of the exhibition.

Download Landmarks Conditions of Entry and Entry Form.

Final date for submission is 24th April 2016.  Please note that a selection process does apply and images must be 300dpi minimum.


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