Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Adult workshops, talks & tours

Over 60s Spring/Summer 2017

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10.30am – 11.30am

£2.50 per talk

Includes refreshments

Booking essential

Ring 01604 838110 to book

Booking opens Thursday 6 April. Tickets available to buy in person at Abington Park Museum or over the phone, Thursday to Sunday, 1-5pm. Series tickets are also available to buy online on Eventbrite


Thursday 11 May - sold out

King John, the Barons and Northamptonshire

Speaker: Mike Ingram

Location: Jeffery Room of The Guildhall

King John stayed at Northampton Castle many times which saw the county frequently become embroiled in events, including the sealing of the Magna Carta.


Thursday 25 May

Another Icarus – The Rise and Fall of Percy Pilcher and The Art of Flight

Speaker: Roy Smart

Location: Court Room of the Guildhall

The tale of this magnificent aviation pioneer, his flying machines and the historic achievements of his sister Ella.


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

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 or £25 for the whole series

Includes light refreshments

Ring 01604 838110 to book

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 12 May 
Introduction to the Dutch Golden Age

Painting: The Espousal of Mary and Joseph - Peter Paul Rubens (after)
Speaker: Dr Miriam Gill

Location: Jeffery Room of The Guildhall

Friday 19 May
Proliferate Consumption: The Art Market during the Dutch Golden Age

Painting: The Ruined Water Mill - Esaias van de Velde I (style of)
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Location: Jeffery Room of The Guildhall

Friday 26 May
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 9 June
Home and Hearth: Understanding Dutch Genre Painting

Painting: The Cobbler - Jan Miel
Speaker: Dr Ellie Pridgeon

Location: Jeffery 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



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 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



Wire Bird MakingWire bird

Thursday 13 July
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)
Ring 01604 838110 to book

Or book online


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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.