Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Adult workshops, talks & tours

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.

History of Royal and Derngate

Michael Brailey
Thursday 8 December

As archivist with Royal and Derngate theatres, Michael will give this talk on the history of the theatres from 1884 through to the present day.

There’s No Business Like Shoe Business!

There's no business like shoe business

3 December – 28 January 2017

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Enjoy a short series of three talks to complement the shoemaking exhibition ‘Experienced Hands’. The talks will look at the history of shoemaking in Northampton, the evolution of the shoe factory and allied buildings, and a history of shoe fashions, with a chance to take a closer look at a selection of shoes from the Designated collection.

Saturday 3 December, 2pm

Factory Life in the Boot and Shoe Industry

Ruth Thomas

In less than a century from 1800, Northampton developed from a small shire town to become the shoe manufacturing centre for the region, the country and eventually the world. We will look at the development of shoe manufacturing in Northampton from the medieval period as a small cottage industry of hand sewing men to a factory industry employing thousands of workers which dominated every aspect of the town.

Saturday 21 January 2017, 2pm

Dedicated Followers of Shoe Fashions

Rebecca Shawcross

A light-hearted look at shoes from Roman times to the present day by Rebecca Shawcross, Shoe Curator and author of ‘Shoes: An Illustrated History’. Encompassing the distinctly lewd medieval poulaine, the delicate flats of the early nineteenth century and the 70s platform, the talk takes in all the highs and lows of shoe fashions illustrated with shoes from the collection.

Saturday 28 January 2017, 2pm

Northampton’s Boot & Shoe Factory Heritage

Peter Perkins

This illustrated talk looks at the evolution of the boot & shoe factory in Northampton and the history of some of the buildings that remain today in the town’s Boot & Shoe Quarter.

£5 per lecture or £12.50 for the series ticket. 

No ticket refunds or exchanges.

Ring 01604 837397 to book.

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