Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Adult workshops, talks & tours

Fiddes' Choice: a mystery painting from the collection

Thursday 28 April 7pm - 8.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Join renowned local artist Chris Fiddes in a discussion about Northampton Museum & Art Gallery's art collection and countdown his top 10 from the collection.

£5 including refreshments.

Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Art History Lecture Series
What Alice Saw:      

3 May - 7 June 10am - 12pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

A course of five lecture and discussion sessions led by art historians Dr Conny Bailey, Dr Miriam Gill and Dr Ellie Pridgeon considering aspects of Victorian art to complement and contextualise the 'Alice in Wonderland' exhibition.  Each session will feature a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with a painting from the Northampton Museum & Art Gallery collection.  Enjoy these informal, social and stimulating lectures delivered by experienced tutors.

Art History Lecture & Discussion Series

  • Tuesday 3 May
    Novels in a rectangle: an introduction to Victorian Art
  • Tuesday 10 May
    Literary Themes in Victorian Art

  • Tuesday 17 May
    The Metaphors of the Victorian Landscape

  • Tuesday 24 May
    The Fair Lady's Labours: Women and Art in the Victorian Times

  • Tuesday 7 June
    The Medieval Imagination

£6 per lecture or £25 for whole series ticket.  Includes refreshments.  Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Writing in Wonderland

Writing in Wonderland Workshop

Saturday 7 May 10.30am - 3pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

In this workshop participants will be guided through the process of creating a piece of writing led by the Creative Writers at the Museum.  The focus of the workshop will be the illustrations in the 'Looking in Wonderland' exhibition.

£10 including refreshments.  Bring your own lunch.   Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Moving Heaven & Earth, Capability Brown's Gift of Landscape

Steffie Shields

Moving Heaven and Earth, Capability Brown's Gift of Landscape by Steffie Shields

Saturday 14 May 2pm - 4pm

Abington Park Museum

Steffie's lecture explores some of the surviving highlights of Brown's 'land = craftsmanship' in the local area including hitherto unpublished plans and newly discovered records.  This extraordinary visionary, with the eye of faith, was a polymath genius, proud to be a man of science and integrity.  'Moving Heaven & Earth' reveals the 'Shakespeare of Garden Arts', who taught us to read the story of landscape like the pages of a book.

£5 including refreshments.  Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Alice in Wonderland shoe makeover

Alice in Wonderland workshop

Saturday 21 May 10am - 4pm

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Give your shoes an amazing Alice in Wonderland themed makeover in this special one day workshop.  Learn how to transform a plain pair of shoes by covering them in eye-catching fabric and embellishing with a choice of cute Alice-themed trims and charms including miniature teacups, pocket watches or 'drink me' bottles.  The results are truly magical!

Don't worry if you have no shoes in need of a makeover - we can provide a brand new pair for you to customise for an extra charge.

Please bring your own apron and a sharp pair of craft scissors, all other materials supplied.  Tea/coffee provided - bring a packed lunch.

£35 (bring your own shoes - must have a smooth finish and be free of embellishments/buckles).

£50 (shoes supplied)

Age 16+ but 11-16 year olds welcome accompanied by an adult

Ring 01604 837397 to book. No refunds or ticket exchanges

Bronze Casting
Vulcan's Foundry Workshop

Four-day course

Abington Park Museum

Learn how to cast your own bronze piece of art in four days!

After a brief introduction to the history of bronze casting, Vulcan's Foundry will guide you through the process of lost-wax casting, starting with the modelling of a piece of wax and ending with your very own finished bronze item.

Bronze Casting Workshop

  • Saturday 4 June:  1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday 5 June: 1pm - 5pm
  • Saturday 11 June: 1pm - 5pm
  • Sunday 12 June: 10am - 5pm

£375 includes refreshments.  Payable in instalments.  25% deposit non-refundable

Adults only.  Booking essential.  Ring 01604 837397 to book.  

Ukulele workshops by Sara Spade

Sara Spade

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Sara Spade ( will provide a creative and fun learning atmosphere. Ring to book.

  • Beginners I:  11 June 2016 10am - 3pm

Learn the basics and how to accompany songs.

  • Beginners II:  10 September 2016 10am - 3pm

 Facilitate your progress to a higher level.

For classes:

Instruments provided or bring your own

Tea/coffee provided - bring a packed lunch.

Tickets £34. Adults only (16+).

Ring 01604 837397 to book.  No refunds or ticket exchanges.

Over 60s talks

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

10.30am - 11.30am

£2.50 including refreshments

Booking essential - ring 01604 837397 to book. No ticket refunds or exchanges.

Bees and Bee Keeping
Brian Dennis
Thursday 28th April
Linking to our exhibition "Bees Pollinators of the World", we have a talk from a local bee keeper.

The Last Naval Hero: Our Local Man, David 1st Earl Beatty
Roy Smart
Thursday 12 May
This talk tells the tale of the Earl's rise from humble naval cadet to renowned public hero of the Great War.                    

The Deserted Villages of Northamptonshire
Ted Walmsley
Thursday 26 May
Ted will be sharing his knowledge of some of the 80 plus lost or deserted villages in our county.                      

The Secret Life of Hedgehogs
Andrew Jackson
Thursday 16 June
Andrew Jackson from Brackley Hogwatch will be coming to give a talk on these nocturnal animals.  He will have some hedgehogs with him.                      

William Knibb
Mike Stroud
Thursday 30 June
Born in Kettering in 1803, Knibb became a Baptist minister, a missionary in Jamaica, friend of slaves and social reformer.                      

Northampton's Markets, past and present
Charlie Childs
Thursday 14 July
A little bit of history and a lot of tales about markets of Northampton throughout the years up to the present day. 

Shoe-making workshop


17 September 2016  10am - 4.30pm

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Make your own pair of designer shoes with Hetty Rose.

This one-day class offers a unique chance to create your own pair of stunning shoes by up-cycling vintage Japanese kimono fabrics. No previous experience required as you will be expertly guided through each stage by shoe designer Hetty.

You can create a slingback shoe or pallet pump.

The slingback can be made with a heel or as a flat shoe and you can choose from a wide variety of kimono fabrics for your design. You'll pick your heel, the leather to cover it and also the lining of your creations - Hetty will prepare this for you, so on the day you have all the components you need to create your shoes.

At the end of the day you get to walk away with a new pair of exclusive designer shoes!

It's a perfect gift for those creative family members and friends.

It's a fantastic idea for a creative hen do* as you can wear the shoes on your wedding day!

£225 per person, all materials provided (please bring a packed lunch and apron).

Ring to book: 01604 837397

Non-refundable deposit required on booking.

* Please call the museum if you would like to book your own private workshop on an alternative date.

Saturday Object Handling Sessions

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Drop in to these monthly Saturday sessions for a unique opportunity to handle and find out more about some amazing objects from the museum's collections.  Volunteers will be on hand to help and answer your questions.

  • 23 April: Domestic Life
  • 21 May: Money, Money, Money
  • 18 June: Old Northampton
  • 23 July: Green
  • 27 August: Home Life

Free and no booking required: just drop in. All ages welcome