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Adult workshops, talks & tours

The Abington Park Museum ticket booking line is open Thursday to Sunday 1 – 5pm April to October and 12 – 4pm November to March.  Alternatively, you can book online on our Eventbrite page here

Tours of Abington Park Museum

Abington park museumSunday 29 April
12.30pm & 2pm
Abington Park Museum

Guided tours of the historic Abington Park Museum led by our dedicated team of volunteers. Discover the stories behind the people of Abington and explore areas of the house usually hidden from public view. Recommended for adults. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Will involve stairs and uneven floors. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes – choose from a 12.30pm or 2pm start time.
Ring 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm or book online.

Watercolour Workshops with David Douglas

Friday 27 AprilWatercolour workshop
Friday 4 May
Friday 11 May
Friday 18 May 
Friday 25 May
2 - 4pm
Abington Park Museum

A special springtime edition of our watercolour workshops series 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 offers the unique opportunity to paint in the museum with views out onto Abington Park. 

Each week will look at a different topic:

  • Friday 27 April - park flowers and plants
  • Friday 4 May - flowers observed as still life
  • Friday 11 May - swings and slides of Abington Park with figures and prams
  • Friday 18 May - the museum buildings of the park with trees and masonry
  • Friday 25 May - ice cream vans next to the museum with customers

£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 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm to book or book online


Introduction to Print Making with Iain Hodgkinson

Saturday 19 MayPrint making
Abington Park Museum

Learn a creative new skill and make handmade, original prints without presses. During this day-long course, you will create hand-pulled original prints by using woodcuts and lino to take away. Iain will demonstrate the techniques and you will be able to create a plate to print from onto backgrounds. Explore the method of Chine-colle (Chinese collage) with linocuts and woodcuts. For beginners or artists who wish to try a new technique, this form of printmaking provides a hassle-free and adaptable skill.
£50 (includes tea and coffee)
Ring 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm to book or book online


Art History Lecture Series

No Wealth But Life: Inspiring the Pre-Raphaelites

Friday 11 May – Friday 15 JuneArt history may 4


Abington Park Museum

Our seventh art history lecture series returns to highlight some of the most popular works in Northampton Museums and Art Gallery’s collection. The fusion of realistic depiction of the natural world with dreamlike sequences from religion and mythology created by the Pre-Raphaelite artists has long held the fascination of their audience. This lecture series, presented by ProArtium (art historians Dr Conny Bailey, Dr Miriam Gill and Dr Ellie Pridgeon), will explore the different inspirations that underpin the creation of some of the world’s most recognisable images through the works of Edward Burne Jones, William Holman Hunt and John William Inchbold.

Friday 11 May - A brush with chivalry: Arthurian mythology and the Pre-Raphaelites

Artwork: Sir Lancelot and The Chapel Of The Holy Grail – Edward Burne-Jones

Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Friday 18 May - The mobile easel: The journeys of Pre-Raphaelite artists and their followers

Artwork: The Water Mill for Triumph of the Innocents – William Holman Hunt

Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Friday 25 May - Renaissance man: Edward Burne Jones and his Italian journeys

Artwork: Study of Woman’s Head of Medusa – Edward Burne Jones

Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Friday 8 June - Nature’s glory: John Ruskin and the Pre-Raphaelite landscape

Artwork: Bolton Abbey/The Chapel, Bolton – John William Inchbold

Speaker: Dr Ellie Pridgeon

Friday 15 June - Gloria in Excelsis: Religiosity in the works of William Holman Hunt

Artwork: The Vision of the Shepherds (also called Gloria in Excelsis) – William Holman Hunt

Speaker: Dr Miriam Gill

£25 for the whole series or £6 per lecture 

Includes light refreshments

Book online or by calling 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm

Over 60s

£2.50 per talk
Includes refreshments
Location: Abington Park Museum

Thursday 3 May: Curiosities
Speaker: Graham Sutherland
This talk looks at some of the curiosities to be found in and around the Midlands, England and elsewhere.

Thursday 17 May: Music and Memories from a 1950s Childhood
Speaker: Polly Feeley
A walk down memory lane with a slide show of pure nostalgia with stories, music and memorabilia.

Thursday 7 June: The Life of John Clare
Speaker: David Dykes
John Clare, born in 1793, became the leading environmental poet of his time. The talk will take you through his life introducing you to his poetry.

Thursday 21 June: The POW Camp at Pattishall
Speaker: Peter Stratton
The Pattishall Camp was established during World War One and at its peak held over 4,500 German and Austrian prisoners of war.

Thursday 5 July: The Suffragettes – Votes for Women
Speaker: John Sutton
The story of the suffragette movement from 1904-1914, covering national and local suffragettes in their campaigns of peaceful protests, mass demonstrations and escalating militancy.

Thursday 19 July: Eleanor of Castile and the Eleanor Crosses
Speaker: Chris Rowe
This is Eleanor’s story and the history of her beautiful crosses – a symbol of medieval majesty and a truly monumental love.

Booking opens Friday 13 April
Ring 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1pm - 5pm or book series tickets online 

100 Objects 

Wednesday 8 August – Sunday 11 November100 objects
Abington Park Museum

Join us to commemorate the last 100 days of the First World War, 100 years ago with 100 objects.
Through talks, object displays and social media, we will highlight an object from the Great War to countdown each day until Armistice Day.

Northampton Narratives Series

The Women’s Land Army in Northamptonshire during the First World War
Speaker: Helen Frost
Friday 10 August 11.30am-12.30pm
The years 1914-1918 provided opportunities to women of all classes in all regions of Britain that were simply unthinkable before The Great War. Hear about the incredible contribution made by this too often overlooked army of women who were recruited from urban areas such as Northampton to work on the land during the First World War.

Health and medicine in Northampton during the First World War
Speaker: Dr Caroline Nielsen (Lecturer in History and Heritage at the University of Northampton)
Friday 17 August 11.30am-12.30pm
What was it like to be ill during the First World War? How did the war affect people’s access to medical care? This talk will look at people’s experience of health and healthcare in Northampton during the war, focusing on who, and where, they went for advice and assistance.

The girl who made my boots
Speaker: Helen Norman
Friday 24 August 11.30am-12.30pm
How did the Northamptonshire boot and shoe industry cope with the demands of the War Office after the men were sent to fight? Drawing on contemporary accounts and artefacts, Helen Norman will shed light on the unsung ‘army’ of woman who helped to keep the Allied Forces shod during WW1.

£5 a talk or £12 for whole series
Ring 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm or book series tickets online

Oral History:

Family stories from the First World War
Friday 28 September 2-4pm

Come and listen to a collection of oral history family stories relating to life on the front line and the home front during the First World War. Audio clips and visual images will be shared relating to the final 100 days of conflict in Europe and post-war life in Northampton.
Free. Drop in – no booking required.

Final Weeks of War

Friday 5 October 11.30am-12.30pm
Abington Park Museum
Speaker: Dr Rachael Abbiss

Join Northampton Museums & Art Gallery’s Conflict and Communities Project Officer, Dr Rachael Abbiss, as she delivers this lunchtime lecture focusing on the final months of conflict in Europe during 1918, including the Battles of Amiens, Bapaume and Scarpe, and the impact of war on Northampton.
£5 per person
Ring 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm or book online

Around Abington Park

Saturday 28 JulyAbington park tour
2pm & 4pm
Start at Abington Park Museum

Guided tour of Abington Park with archaeologist Jack Plowman. Learn more about the Abington of the past through reading the landscape. Will include walking approximately 1.5 miles through the park. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress according to the weather. Recommended for adults. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult. Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead during the tour.
Limited availability - booking essential
£5 per person
Ring 01604 838110 Thursday to Sunday 1-5pm or book online

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.