Northampton Borough Council
Northampton Borough Council

Adult workshops, talks & tours

Archaeology Day: Meet the Ancestors
Meet the Ancestors

Saturday 6 August

11am - 4pm

Abington Park Museum

Join us for a day of discovery and hands-on activities led by
a MoLA Osteologist – a professional skilled in the scientific study of bones.

There’ll be a range of hands-on activities and opportunities to learn throughout the day, with something for all ages and plenty for kids to do.

Activities will include the handling and discovery of bones, the opportunity to view and learn about human remains, a ‘rot or not’ mini-game and an opportunity to speak to the archaeological experts from MoLA.

Free drop-in event.


Life's a Beach

Saturday 6 August 2pm - 3.30pm

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery

Informative talk about beachwear during the 20th century given by curator of the
Beauty and the Beach exhibition, Ciara Phipps of Southend on Sea Museum.

£5 including refreshments.

Ring 01604 837397 to book.

Shoe-making Workshop

17 September 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.

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 mooon" 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 opporunity 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.