Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Workshops, Talks & Tours

Object in Focus    

A series of talks exploring objects in the collections in more depth

Opening up the Spanish Cabinet

Spanish Cabinet

 Wednesday 14 October 7.15pm-8.30pm

 Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

 A talk by Dr Conny Bailey from the University of Leicester exploring Collecting Cabinets, with an exclusive chance to see inside our 17th century Royal Spanish Papeleira cabinet.

£5, ring 01604 837397 to book.    

From Gaol to Art Gallery


Tues 3 November 7.15-8.30pm

Chance to view the exhibition 6.15-7.15pm

 Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

 A talk by Alan Clark on the history of Northampton Gaol, including the chance to view the Gaol Chapel beaker- a key piece in our collection.

 £5, ring 01604 837397 to book.   

Autumn Food and Drink Fair


Ukulele Workshops by Sara Spade

Sara Spade

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Sara Spade ( will provide a creative and fun learning atmosphere. Ring to book.

Beginners       26 September & 17 October 10am - 3pm

Beginners II   28 November 10am - 3pm 

Learn the basics and how to accompany songs.

For classes:

Instruments provided OR bring your own

Tea/coffee provided - bring a packed lunch.

Tickets £34. Adults only 16+

A Look Back at Northamptonshire

A look back

Saturday 3 October 2.30pm

Northampton Museum and Art Gallery

Join us to watch a fascinating selection of films from around the town and county as the clocks are turned back to an era of cobbles, trams and 'Sunday Best' outfits. See how the towns and villages have changed, how people used to travel and what they wore at work and play.
The archive films from around the county will be presented by the Northamptonshire Film Archive.

£5 including refreshments.

Ring 01604 837397 to book. 

Collectors' Day


Sat 24 October 11am - 4pm

Abington Park Museum

Come and see a variety of collections owned by individuals and groups. From toys to costume, vintage homeware, transport and ceramics.

A day for all the family to celebrate collecting and share ideas about what the museum should be collecting. 

Calling all collectors - we want to display your collections! 

We are offering you the opportunity to display your collection in the museum and share your interest and enthusiasm with your visitors.

To book space for a display please call 01604 838111 or email  by October.

Click to download Conditions for the day and the Booking Form

Italian Festive Desserts Workshop 


Saturday 7 November 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Carmela’s Kitchen returns to the Museum. Join us to learn how to make delicious, mouth-watering Italian festive desserts with the opportunity to taste Carmela’s Kitchen homemade cranberry and pistachio biscotti dipped in a creamy marsala zabaglione.

Learn how to make a luscious panna cotta and a berry semi-freddo. Finally you will have the opportunity to make your own amaretto tiramisu to take home and share with the family!

£25. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Ingredients will be supplied. You will be informed of which utensils to bring upon booking. Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Christmas Wine Tasting by 'The Wine Connection' 

The wine connection

Saturday 14 November 5.30pm – 8.00pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Sample wines from around the world along with ale and spirits made by local drink producers.

Organised by the experienced team at ‘The Wine Connection’, this is a fantastic opportunity to order quality wines for your Christmas and New Year celebrations.

£15. Over 18s only.

Call 01604 837397 to book.

Over 60's Talks

over 60s

Christmas Fair

To apply for a stall, download the Terms and Conditions and a Floor Plan of the Museum 

xmas fair

Shoemaking Workshop


26th March 2016  10am-4.30pm

18th June 2016 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.