Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Workshops, Talks & Tours

Sara Spade

Ukulele Workshops by Sara Spade

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

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


24 January 10am - 3pm

7 March 10am - 3pm

Learn the basics and how to accompany songs.

Beginners II

9 May 10am - 3pm 

Facilitate your progress to a higher level

For both classes:

Instruments provided OR bring your own

Tea/coffee provided - bring a packed lunch.

Tickets £34. Adults only 16+

Battlefield Talks at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

See below for further details - ring 01604 837397 to book 




Shoe Making Workshop

28 March | 10am - 4.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Make Your Own Pair of Designer Shoes with Hetty Rose 


This one-day class offers a unique experience 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.

We create two different styles of shoe, a slingback shoe and a ballet pump. The slingback can be made with a heel or as a flat shoe, you can choose from a wide variety of kimono fabrics for your shoes and Hetty will prepare this for you, so on the day you have all the components you need to create your shoes.

You pick your heel, the leather to cover it and also in the inside of your creations.  

You get to walk away with a new pair of exclusive designer shoes at the end of the day! It's a perfect gift for those creative family members, partner and friends. If you are planning a creative Hen Do*, it's a fantastic idea as you can wear the shoes on your wedding day!

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

Booking essential. Ring 01604 837397

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


4 July  10am - 4.30pm

See above for details.

Shoe Store Tour

Shoe Store Tour

7 March | 10.30am - 12pm 

Take an exclusive tour of Northampton Museum's world famous shoe collection . This tour is a great opportunity to see some wonderful shoes from the museum's renowned collection.

£5 limited places. Booking essential. Ring 01604 837397


Costume Store Tour

14 March | 10.30am - 12:30pm

Join a guided tour of our extensive costume collection, with over 7,000 items dating back to the 18th century, including Queen Victoria's stockings and an outfit of a Tsarina of Russia. 

£5 limited places. Booking essential. Ring 01604 837397 

Summer Bazaar at Abington Park Museum

20 June 12pm - 5pm

In conjunction with our annual Art in the Park exhibition, we are holding a Summer Bazaar with stalls including crafts, vintage, handmade gifts, exotic food and lots to do for the children.

We are looking for stallholders!  

If you are interested in having a stall at the Summer Bazaar then you can find out more and apply here  

Museum Mornings for the Over 60s - all begin 10.30am

Palimpsest - Ellen Sampson

15 January

Artist and Footwear designer Ellen Sampson will give a talk about her exhibition "Palimpsest." Palimpsest explores ways that shoes become vessels or records of memory and why the imprint or trace of a body demands that we recollect. 

Old cures and remedies - Kate Wills 

29 January

The talk will explore some interesting facts and myths about cures and remedies. You may wish to revise the contents of your first aid box! 

Roade Past Present and Future - Steve and Vivian Blyth

12 February

An illustrated talk on the history of the village Roade, the impact of railway and factory in the past, and the changes and growth now taking place. 

Northampton Tramways - Martin Wills

26 February

Martin will explore the history of Northampton's tramways from the horse bus to the electric tram. 

The Painted Garden - Russell Bowes

12 March

Two lectures in one - a virtual tour through of the major art galleries of the world and a journey through the history of gardening. All the major trends and fashions in the history of gardening are explored through the medium of paintings.  

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