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Unwanted recycling boxes

Please leave your unwanted recycling boxes at the kerbside, as Veolia are collecting daily. Alternatively, you can use your boxes for storage or additional recycling alongside your new recycling bin.

Adult workshops, talks & tours

Book online on our Eventbrite page
Alternatively, the Abington Park Museum ticket booking line is open Thursday to Sunday 1 – 5pm
April to October during school term time and during school holidays from Tuesday to Sunday 1 - 5pm and 12 – 4pm November to March.  Call 01604 838110 to book your tickets.

Tours of Abington Park Museum

Sunday 21 October
Sunday 18 November
12.30pm & 2pm
Abington Park Museum

Volunteer-led guided tours of the historic Abington Park Museum. Discover the history of the building and the people who have lived there.
Recommended for adults. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Tours involve stairs and uneven floors. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes - choose from a 12.30 or 2pm start time.
Limited availability - see above for how to book
£5 per person

Over 60s

£3 per talk
Includes refreshments
Location: Abington Park Museum


Thursday 1 November - sold out
The Creation of Abington Park
Speaker: David Shrewsbury

A change from countryside to Northampton town expansion needed public open space. Find out about the characters involved and what their requirements were.

Thursday 15 November- sold out
Sing a Century
Speaker: Andy Smith

Some amazing songs have been written since 1920. In this talk, Andy features some well-known classics, and a few long forgotten gems.

Thursday 29 November - sold out
Ooh Matron!
Speaker: Steve Dimmer

2018 is the 60th anniversary of one of the most enduring and popular film comedy series - The Carry On films. Steve takes us through some of the main players and shows a selection of clips
from films.

Thursday 13 December - sold out
Canal People
Speaker: Tony Condor

From managers to maintenance workers, people made the canals work. This is a look at the working lives of the boating families that lived and carried cargoes on the waterways.

Booking essential (see above for how to book). Series tickets are sold out both online and at the museum. 


Art History Lecture Series

Ben Mathews: Meditations on a Misplaced Master

Friday 12 October – Friday 16 November
Abington Park MuseumArt History Lecture Series, October & November 2018

Ben Mathews’ works in the collection of the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery constitute little known gems, produced by an artist who spent his formative years at the forefront of the Parisian avant-garde. Barely documented as a painter, his work nevertheless appears aligned to all the major
art movements of the early twentieth century,and seems to have developed in parallel to more notable contemporaries in the Bloomsbury Set and the Abstraction-Création group. Yet he does not appear in the relevant literature. Our eighth lecture series will select five of Ben Mathews’ paintings to consider their possible context and understand the movements that may have served as their inspiration as a first step towards the reinstatement of an artist amongst his more celebrated peers.


Friday 19 October
Post-Impressionist Leanings

Painting: Ben Mathews - Reclining Nude
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Friday 2 November 2018
Learning with Léger and A Foray into Cubism

Painting: Ben Mathews - Still Life with Wine Glass
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Friday 9 November 2018
A Brush with Bloomsbury?

Painting: Ben Mathews - Elevated View of a Bay
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Friday 16 November 2018
Vanishing Realities: Ben Mathews

and the Abstraction Movement
Painting: Ben Mathews - Abstract in Blue
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Speakers and order of lectures are correct at the time of going to press; however, availability may change or relevant guest speakers may become available in the interim. Consequently, ProArtium reserve the right to change speakers where necessary or appropriate. Any changes will be publicised as early as possible.
£6 per lecture or £25 for the whole series
Includes light refreshments
See above for how to book.


Wire Bird Making

Saturday 20 October 1.15-4.15pm (*dementia friendly)
Saturday 3 November 12.15-3.15pm
Saturday 10 November 12.15-3.15pm - Cancelled
Abington Park Museum

Artist and sculptor Zack Mclaughlin returns to lead his ever popular wire bird making class. In this hands-on workshop, Zack will take you through the techniques he uses to create his beautiful wire sculptures and you will make your very own bird to take home.
Over 16s only
Early booking advised (see how to book above)  – tickets are expected to fly out the door!
£25 per person

*This workshop is dementia friendly. There will be additional help for people with dementia and their carers who would like to attend together. Ask for information when booking.


Edible Festive Gifts Workshop

Saturday 17 November
Abington Park Museum

Led by Italian cook and author Carmela Sereno Hayes, this workshop will inspire you to make wonderful edible gifts for family and friends. Starting with delicious
Cantuccini biscotti with clementine and dark chocolate, Carmela will demonstrate how to make coconut ice, pistachio fudge and delicious amaretto biscotti – there
will be opportunities to taste everything that is prepared on the day. Students will have the opportunity to make chocolate and Chambord truffles to take home and
Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult
£35 per person

All materials are included in the price of the ticket and you will be informed of which utensils to bring on booking
See above for how to book.

Festive Willow Workshop

Saturday 8 December
12.15 - 4.15pm
Abington Park Museum

Get creative and personalist your festive decorations. On the day we will make a willow former so you can create your own festive wreath for the table or door. To complete your wreath at the workshp, bring along greenery from your garden (eg trimmings from holly, ivy, fir or pine), pinecones, ribbons or other decorative items, a pair of scissors and sharp secateurs.
Adults only
£35 per person
See above for how to book

Mailing list

If you would like to know about future exhibitions, events and workshops please email with your details. 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.