Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Adult workshops, talks & tours

Over 60s


Northampton Museum & Art Gallery and Court Room of The Guildhall

Thursday 23 February

Shakespeare's plants and gardens

Speaker: Andrew Mikolajski

Location: Court Room of The Guildhall

Plants and gardens had a particular importance to Shakespeare and his contemporaries. This talk will look at the restoration project at Kenilworth Castle and explore what plants meant to the Elizabethans.

Thursday 9 March

Royal Mistresses: A Quest for Love

Speaker: Roger Powell

Location: Court Room of The Guildhall

Roger Powell is an expert investigative genealogist specialising in the British Royal Family. In this talk he exposes the amazing story of how key English aristocratic families supplied the British royal family mistresses over several generations to secure influence at court.

Thursday 23 March

The Life and Times of Franz Lehár and The Merry Widow

Speaker: David Price

Location: Court Room of The Guildhall

The historical background to Franz Lehár’s master work, and how it survived initial controversy to become a worldwide success. With musical extracts and slides.

£2.50 per talk. Includes refreshments. Booking essential.

Ring 01604 837397 to book.

A Shoemaker Goes To War
shoemaker goes to war

Commemorating 100 years of the fall of the Shoemakers: 4th Territorial Battalion Northamptonshire Regiment at Gaza, WW1

Wednesday 19 April

3pm – Memorial service

7.30pm – Talks 

Abington Park Museum

A memorial service followed by a series of talks to commemorate the fall of the 4th Territorial Battalion in Gaza. The majority of men from the 4th Battalion fighting in WW1 were shoemakers from Northampton. Join us to remember the men who lost their lives 100 years ago, while fighting for our town and country.

Alison Butler from the Western Front Association will give a talk and also launch her new book which tells the story of the 4th battalion in WW1. Other speakers to be confirmed nearer the time – check website for updates at

In association with the Western Front Association.

Memorial service – FREE. Drop in – no booking required.

Talks – £10. Ring 01604 837397 to book.

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