Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Adult workshops, talks & tours

Over 60s Spring/Summer 2017

Over 60s delapre abbey web

10.30am – 11.30am

£2.50 per talk

Includes refreshments

Booking essential

Ring 01604 838110 to book


Thursday 8 June

Northampton and the British Canal Network

Speaker: Howard Parvin

Location: Court Room of the Guildhall

An insight into the history of the canal networks in and around Northampton from Howard Parvin.


Thursday 22 June - Sold out

Towcester – The History of England in One Town

Speaker: Rob Hamblin

Location: Court Room of the Guildhall

Chronicling the nation's past as reflected in Towcester, the oldest town in Northamptonshire and a microcosm of the history of England.


Thursday 6 July

The Little Book of Monarchs

Speaker: Tony Boullemier

Location: Court Room of the Guildhall

Tony Boullemier, journalist and author of The Little Book of Monarchs, discusses English history. Pithy, precise and lively!


Thursday 20 July - Sold out

Delapré Abbey – Past, Present & Future

Speaker: Faye Morrissey

Location: Court Room of the Guildhall

Discover the 900 year history of Delapré Abbey, its recent restoration and the exciting future it now has ahead.



Art History Lecture SeriesArt history web

High Art from the Low Countries: The Art of the Dutch Golden Age

10.15am - 12.15pm

£6 per talk

Includes light refreshments

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For our fourth series of art history lectures we are taking the finely detailed floral paintings of the Dutch artists as our departure point to examine the Dutch Golden Age. In a series of five lectures, art historians Dr Conny Bailey, Dr Miriam Gill and Dr Ellie Pridgeon will guide you through the art of the 17th century Dutch Republic and its neighbouring provinces. Works from the museum’s collection will provide the starting point for each talk and there will also be the opportunity to get up close and personal with the artwork.


Friday 26 May
Home and Hearth: Understanding Dutch Genre Painting

Painting: The Cobbler - Jan Miel
Speaker: Dr Miriam Gill

Location: Holding Room of The Guildhall


Friday 9 June
Bloomin’ Marvellous: An exploration through Dutch Flower Painting 

Painting: Still Life with Fruit and Blue and White China - Juriaen van Streeck
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Location: Holding Room of The Guildhall


Friday 16 June
Lights, Camera, Action: Caravaggio and the Utrecht painters

Painting: Pipe Smoker and a Little Girl – Petrus van Schendel
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey
Location: Jeffery Room of The Guildhall


Watercolour WorkshopsWatercolour workshop

Thursday 25 May and 8, 15, 22, 29 June 
Abington Park Museum

A series of five watercolour workshops led by Northamptonshire artist and teacher David Douglas. Workshops are open to adults of all abilities and offer a chance to improve techniques and meet other artists. This series will include a unique opportunity to paint inside the museum with views out onto Abington Park.
£20 per workshop
Or £90 for the series of five
Price includes tea and coffee and basic materials
You will be informed of any extra materials to bring upon booking
Ring 01604 838110 to book or book online


Beneath Abington Park TourAbington park tour

Saturday 10 June - Sold out
Start at Abington Park Museum

Guided tour of Abington Park with archaeologist Jack Plowman. Discover what lies beneath the park and learn about the Abington of the past through reading the landscape. Will include walking approximately 1.5 miles through the park. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress according to the weather.
Recommended for adults. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. 
Limited availability – booking essential
Ring 01604 838110 to join the reserve list



The Big Summer Yarn BombSchool of life logo 2

Sunday 11 June
Abington Park Bandstand

Join a host of knitters to celebrate Northampton’s biggest knitting project and World Wide Knitting in Public Day! Organised by the School of Life project, part of Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire, the Woolly Crew will be yarn bombing around the Abington Park bandstand. Installing knitting in the park, the group will be unveiling their huge woolly wendy house, knitted picnic, and giving demonstrations of knitting, spinning, and sewing skills.
All knitters are welcome, both groups and individuals. Bring a picnic, listen to the brass band as part of Northampton Borough Council’s Bands in the Park season, and admire the woollen creations! 
For more details email
Free event


Willow WeavingWillow weaving

Tuesday 13 June
Abington Park Museum

Spend a creative day at Abington Park Museum weaving a willow bird sculpture.
You will be taught how to weave over the framework and how to add texture and detail to your work using a variety of coloured willows. Choose your own design. Suitable for all levels of experience from beginners to advanced. Adults only.
Bring your own lunch. 
£50 (includes all materials)
Ring 01604 838110 to book
or book online



A Passion for Pasta with Carmela's KitchenCarmela

Saturday 17 June
10.30am-12.30pm + 2pm-4pm
Abington Park Museum

A Passion for Pasta, with Italian cook and author Carmela Sereno Hayes, will show you the basics of how to make fresh pasta by hand. Students will make three pasta shapes to take home to dry and cook – garganelli, gnocchi sardi and farfalle. Carmela will also demonstrate how to make the perfect seasonal pesto and expect tasty samples throughout the workshop to tempt your tastebuds! 
The morning and afternoon workshops will be identical – please specify which workshop you would like to attend when booking.
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
You will be informed of which utensils to bring upon booking. 
£27.50 (price includes all the ingredients)
Ring 01604 838110 to book

Or book online


Wire Bird MakingWire bird

Thursday 13 July - Sold out
Abington Park Museum

Join artist Zack Mclaughlin in an evening event to create your own beautiful wire bird sculpture to take home. 
£20 (includes all materials)
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or book online



Festival of Archaeology: Health and Wellbeing Across The AgesFestival of archaeology

Saturday 15 July
Abington Park Museum

A day of archaeology at Abington Park Museum looking at health and wellbeing across the ages through the themes of diet, disease, death, superstitions of ritual and medical health sources. Fun for all the family and interest levels – children can take part in an excavation in our special sandpit and adults can find out more in one of our specialist talks. In association with the Museum of London Archaeology and Cotswold Archaeology as part of the 2017 Festival of Archaeology. 
Free. Drop in – no booking required.


In Memory of Edgar Mobbs: 100 Year Tribute to a Northampton HeroEdgar mobbs

Sunday 30 July
Abington Park Museum

Join us on this centenary anniversary to commemorate Northampton hero Edgar Mobbs and his “Sportsman’s Army”. A series of talks by local historians focusing on Edgar Mobbs and the Northamptonshire Regiment at the Battle of Ypres, Belgium, during WW1. The keynote speech, ‘1917 and the Third Battle of Ypres’, will be by Dr Jim Beach, Senior Lecturer in Twentieth Century History at the University of Northampton. In association with the Western Front Association.
£6.50 (including refreshments served from 1.30pm)
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Tours of Abington Park MuseumAbington park museum

Friday 11 August + Saturday 12 August
Abington Park Museum

Guided tours of the historic Abington Park Museum. Discover the stories behind the people of Abington and explore areas of the house usually hidden from public view.
Recommended for adults. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Will involve stairs and uneven floors.
Limited availability – booking essential
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The Concealed Revealed: The Magic of ShoesConcealed shoes

Friday 22 September
Court Room at The Guildhall

An afternoon exploring the fascinating practice of concealing shoes in buildings.
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 and Professor Carol van Driel-Murray from Leiden University. 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)
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