Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Adult workshops, talks & tours

Shoosmith Exhibition Preview and Book Launch


Friday 16 September  Opening event 6.30 - 9pm

A talk by the author at 7pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Join us for the launch of a new book on the artist T L Shoosmith by George Butlin.  This beautifully compiled database of the artist's works and through an exploration of his work acknowledges the rightful place of Shoosmith in the history of British watercolour painting.  This complements an exhibition of the art of T L Shoosmith at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery.   Exhibition sponsored by Shoosmiths.

Free to attend.  Booking essential on 01604 837397.

Shoe-making Workshop

17 September  10am - 4.30pm

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Make your own pair of designer shoes with Hetty Rose.

This one-day class offers a unique chance to create your own pair of stunning shoes by up-cycling vintage Japanese kimono fabrics. No previous experience required as you will be expertly guided through each stage by shoe designer Hetty.

You can create a slingback shoe or pallet pump.

The slingback can be made with a heel or as a flat shoe and you can choose from a wide variety of kimono fabrics for your design. You'll pick your heel, the leather to cover it and also the lining of your creations - Hetty will prepare this for you, so on the day you have all the components you need to create your shoes.

At the end of the day you get to walk away with a new pair of exclusive designer shoes!

It's a perfect gift for those creative family members and friends.

It's a fantastic idea for a creative hen do* as you can wear the shoes on your wedding day!

£225 per person, all materials provided (please bring a packed lunch and apron).

Ring to book: 01604 837397

Non-refundable deposit required on booking.

* Please call the museum if you would like to book your own private workshop on an alternative date.

Watercolour Workshops

Monday 26 September and 3, 10, 17 and 24 October   2 - 4pm

Adult Watercolour Workshops

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

A series of five watercolour workshops led by Northamptonshire artist and teacher David Douglas.  
No matter your experience or skill level, these workshops are open to all abilities and offer a chance to improve your technique and meet other artists.  

This is a unique opportunity to get up close and personal with our Shoosmith collection and paint in a prestigious art gallery.

£100 for the series of individual class £20

Adults only, suitable for all abilities

Ring 01604 837397 to book.  No ticket refunds.

Fiendish Footwear Workshop

Saturday 15 October   10am - 4pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Fiendish Footwear Workshop

A Halloween-themed shoe makeover workshop.  Transform a pair of your old shoes by covering them in a choice of fabulous fabrics and trims.  Learn the process of pattern cutting, covering and embellishing with results simply to die for!

No shoes in need of help?  We can provide a new pair for you to customise for an extra charge.

£35 (Own shoes),  £50  (Shoes supplied)

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Ring 01604 837397 to book.  No ticket refunds.

Carmela's Kitchen
Italian Festive Treats Workshop

Saturday 12 November   1.30 - 3.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Carmela's Kitchen returns to the Museum.  

Join us to create a decadent dark chocolate and amaretto cake.  Learn how to make delicately-topped bruschetta toasts, filled baby tomatoes and peppers and a festive tiramisu.

£25 including ingredients.  You will be informed of which utensils to bring upon booking.

Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 

Ring 01604 837397 to book.  No ticket refund

Writing to the Power of Ten
Creative Writers @ The Museum logo

Saturday 26 November   10.30am - 3pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Creative Writers @ The Museum celebrate their 10th anniversary of residency this year.

Join them for one of their popular workshops to create pieces of writing taking inspiration from the museums' exhibits and collections.  The written pieces will be displayed in the museum.

No shoes in need of help?  We can provide a new pair for you to customise for an extra charge.


Over 16s only 

Ring 01604 837397 to book.  No ticket refund

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.

The Victorian Ghost Hunter
Andrew Selwyn-Crome
Thursday 22 September

Meet a Victorian ghost hunter and take a look at the tools of his trade.  hear about the Society for Psychical Research which started in Cambridge in 1882 and discover the strange and bizarre tale of Edmund Gurney, a founding member.

Common Sayings and Their Origins
Major David Squibb
Thursday 6 October

Without thinking we use common sayings every day to convey an idea without "spelling it out".  Explore the world of the idiom, you may be "over the moon" at discovering something new!

Death in the Garden
Michael Brown
Thursday 10 November

Poisonous plants, magic, myths, passion and murder. Over the centuries poisonous plants have been used to remove an unwanted partner or rival, as aphrodisiacs and more practically. Be warned - some of these plants may be lurking in your garden.

What the Roman Did For Us in the Kitchen, with Cake
Chris Carr
Thursday 24 November

When the Romans came in the first century they brought with them many new foods - you may be surprised to learn which.  A great opportunity to try some cake made to a genuine Roman recipe!

History of Royal and Derngate
Michael Brailey
Thursday 22 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.

Saturday Object Handling Sessions

1.30pm - 3.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Drop in to these monthly Saturday sessions for a unique opportunity to handle and find out more about some amazing objects from the museum's collections.  Volunteers will be on hand to help and answer your questions.

  • 27 August: Home Life
  • 24 September: Old Northampton
  • 29 October: Home Life
  • 26 November: Green 

Free and no booking required: just drop in. All ages welcome 

Mailing list

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. All information will be kept confidential and used only by the museum.