Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Workshops, Talks & Tours

John Clare

Peter Newcombe & The Shepherd's Calendar

1 May 7.30 -9.45pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

£4 Bar available

Join us for an evening of talks, poetry, debate and discussion about John Clare and the Shepherd’s Calendar. Speakers include Northamptonshire artist Peter Newcombe, who was inspired by John Clare’s poetry, Dr Tim Chilcott formerly Dean of Arts and Humanities at the University of Chichester and Jon Paul Carr from Northamptonshire Libraries.

Limited tickets available and must be purchased in advance


An Evening with Hannah Barnes

29 April 7.30 pm to 10.00 pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Tickets £3 Bar Available Ring 01604 838111 to book

Hannah, one of the UK’s top professional cyclists, is returning to her native Northamptonshire to ride in The Women’s Tour for UnitedHealthcare. She is interrupting her busy training schedule for a special evening at the museum where she will talk to Graham McKechnie from BBC Radio Northampton and answer questions from the audience about her life including - her cycling career, what have been her influences, what are her great passions.  

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!

Museum Mornings for the Over 60s 

Unmentionables - Victoria Davies

Thursday 1 May

The history of women’s underwear from

medieval to the present day, including

farthingales and frou-frou, corsets,

crinolines and everything in between.

The Life and Times of John Clare

- David Dykes

Thursday 15 May

Exploring the life, works and legacy of

‘The Northamptonshire Peasant Poet’

John Clare. Featuring extracts of his


1914 - John Stanyard

Thursday 5 June

John Stanyard from the Western Front

Association will talk about various

significant events that took place in


Optical Toys - Kevin Varty

Thursday 3 July

Kevin will be sharing with us the

fascinating world of optical toys and will

explore original Victorian items including

the magic lantern.

Becket at the Castle -

Julia Gibson and Jack Plowman

Thursday 17 July

This talk will focus on and raise

awareness of the 850th anniversary

of the Trial of Thomas Becket at

Northampton Castle.

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