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

Dream Shoe Closet

The Dream Closet – A Vintage Experience | 18 January - 27 April 2014

Come and discover a bedroom of the 1970s complete with all of the latest gadgets and fashions. This interactive exhibition offers the chance to step back in time, put on a record and explore a shoe closet filled shoes from our collection that reflect the styles and trends of the period.


John Clare

John Clare and The Shepherd’s Calendar | 15 March - 8 June 2014

This year is the 150th anniversary of the death of the people’s poet John Clare. To mark the occasion, this exhibition will celebrate John Clare’s appreciation of seasonal cycles and the natural year, as we display original John Clare manuscripts loaned by Northamptonshire County Council Library Services. We will be also be showing works by Peter Newcombe which illustrates Clare’s acclaimed collection of poems   ‘The Shepherd’s Calendar’, and portraits of John Clare, including one by Henry Bird. 

John Clare Symposium 

An evening of talks, poetry, debate and discussion about John Clare and The Shepherd’s Calendar. Click here for further details 

Aphrodite's Wheel

WOW - Women On Wheels | 22 March - 1 June 2014

On May 7 Northamptonshire will host the inaugural stage of The Women’s Tour. We will be helping to celebrate the event with Aphrodite’s Wheels. Presented with support from British Cycling, leading professional cyclists and local enthusiasts this exhibition this exciting exhibition will showcases the UK’s recent international successes in women’s cycling.

An Evening with Hannah Barnes 

This is a unique opportunity to spend the evening hearing from a world class cyclist in the unique surroundings of the WOW – Women on Wheels Exhibition. Click here for further information

Corsets and Cami-Knickers

Corset & Cami-Knickers | 29 March - 8 June 2014

Discover the history of underwear in 50 objects. This exhibition examines how underwear has affected the lives of people through the ages, and how fashion has dictated  ideas of body image.  Highlights include a beautiful sateen corset from the 1890s, pairs of stays from the 18th century and a pair of French knickers made from parachute silk for a post wartime bride. 

Corsets & Cabaret evening 

Join us for a glorious evening of comedy, music and dance. Click here for further details

Art in the Park

Art in the Park 2014 | Applications available from 1 March

Showcasing the best of local artistic talent this well-loved exhibition is back for its 53rd year. Enjoy art in the open air. Works are for sale. Submissions are invited from local artists for the 2014 open air art exhibition. Application forms are available from 1 March at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery or on our website. 

Click here for application form 

Click here for terms and conditions for Art in the Park 2014 


Kobi | 24 May - 20 July 2014

An exhibition showcasing the innovative and intriguing work of international shoe designer Kobi Levi. Kobi’s designs challenge the conventional definitions of design, art and fashion creating a niche of their own.


Batteries not included | 21 June - 28 September 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

A major exhibition exploring the role our town played during the First World War, and how it affected local communities.

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If you would like to know about future exhibitions, events and workshops please email with your details and we will add you to our mailing list. Please state any preferences you may have e.g. art, history or general information. All information will be kept confidential and used only by the museum.

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