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Museum events

The Concealed Revealed: The Magic of ShoesConcealed shoes

Friday 22 September
Court Room at The Guildhall

An afternoon exploring the magic of shoes though the centuries.
The magic of shoes has fascinated people for centuries. For many years people have been trying to shed light on the concealed object. Few first hand sources have been identified which explain why people concealed objects in houses, in particular shoes. Many believe that concealed objects were hidden away in the vulnerable areas of a house to prevent evil forces from entering it. But other reasons might have motivated the concealers.
Explore this fascinating practice with some of the leading researchers in this field, including Professor Owen Davies and Dr Ceri Houlbrook from The University of Hertfordshire, Professor Carol van Driel-Murray from Leiden University and Jeremy Harte, curator of Bourne Hall Museum, Surrey. There will also be an opportunity to take a closer look at some of the concealed shoes from the museum’s designated shoe collection.
In association with The University of Hertfordshire.
£10 (includes light refreshments)
Ring 01604 838110 to book or book online



Autumn Food Fair

Autumn food fair11am-5pm

Saturday 7 & Sunday 8 October 

Abington Park Museum

Our third food fair at Abington Park Museum is one of the few food fairs in the region to have free admission for the public.

We are now taking stall bookings from food and drink producers from across the region. 

Stall prices start at £25.

Please read the conditions for stallholders.

For an application form call 01604 838111 or email



Wedding FairWedding fair

Sunday 15 October
Abington Park Museum

Join wedding planning and organiser specialists Events In A Box at the first wedding fair to be held at Abington Park Museum. Events In A Box will present a range of the finest wedding suppliers in the beautiful surroundings of the museum which is now accepting enquiries for wedding bookings and private hire events. A fantastic opportunity to meet wedding suppliers in person and view the stunning Grade I listed Abington Park Museum as a potential venue to hold your special day.
Entrance is free but must be booked in advance at Events In A Box


Collectors’ DayCollectors day

Saturday 4 November
Abington Park Museum

A day for all the family to celebrate collecting and an opportunity for collectors to share their enthusiasms. Come and see a variety of collections owned by individuals and groups. From toys, to costume, vintage homeware, transport and ceramics. If you would like to display your collection please call 01604 838111 or email
Free admission

Christmas Fair2017 Christmas fair

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 November


Abington Park Museum

Now in its sixth year, this popular Christmas Fair includes artisan producers and crafters offering gifts, decoration and festive food and drink.

Free admission



Burns NightBurns night

Friday 26 January
Abington Park Museum

Celebrate Burns Night in the atmospheric setting of Abington Park Museum. An evening of bagpipes, poetry and dancing, along with Scottish inspired canapes. Brush off your tartan! Refreshments will be available from the bar. 
Ring 01604 838110 to book or book online


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