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Adult workshops, talks & tours

Over 60s talks

  • 10.30-11.30amOver 60s
  • £2.50 per talk
  • Includes refreshments
  • Booking essential
  • Abington Park Museum
  • £15 season ticket for all six talks

Thursday 18 January - sold out

Speaker: Chris Bazeley
A global look at how toilets began, the development of the British privy, methods of disposal and development of the toilet as we know it today.

Thursday 1 February - sold out
Watling Street

Speaker: Anthony Poulton
The famous 'Roman Road' of Watling Street is much more than a road. This talk will explore why it was a road several hundred years before the Roman Empire even existed.

Thursday 22 February - sold out
Any Old Iron

Speaker: Jon-Paul Carr
The History of the Butlin family of Northampton and their furnaces in Wellingborough.

Thursday 8 March - sold out
A Northamptonshire Hero – Lt William Rhodes-Moorhouse VC RF
Speaker: Enid Jarvis
Discover the exciting story of the first airman to be awarded the Victoria Cross in the early days of the Royal Flying Corps.

Thursday 22 March - sold out
Northampton Curiosities

Speaker: Helen Crabtree
Northamptonshire curiosities including a church with a lighthouse on its tower, a toll house in a dead end street and a three-seater privy.

Thursday 19 April - sold out
Amy Johnson

Speaker: Roy Smart
The story of this magnificent woman and her flying machines. Triumphs, disasters, highs and lows. Her calamitous marriage to The Flying Scotsman and the mystery of her disappearance one winter’s Sunday.

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Another Look Back at Northamptonshire

Saturday 20 JanuaryAnother look back - sold out
1.30 - 3.30pm
Abington Park Museum

Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust returns to present a new selection of archive film including a further look behind the scenes at Northampton General Hospital and footage of the construction of Pitsford Reservoir around 1956.
£6 adults
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Tours of Abington Park Museum


Sunday 28 JanuaryAbington park museum
Sunday 25 February
Sunday 25 March
Sunday 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.
£3.50 per person
Ring 01604 838110 to book or book online

Art History Lecture Series

About Glass: Exploring glass as a medium, a carrier and a subject in artArt history lecture series
Friday 23 February – Friday 23 March

10.15am - 12.15pm
Abington Park Museum & The Guildhall


From its earliest uses as an imitation of rock crystal to Michael Craig-Martin’s exploration of the Catholic doctrine of transubstantiation, glass has been pressed into artistic service, crafted and collected.

In this, our sixth series of art history lectures presented by ProArtium (art historians Dr Conny Bailey, Dr Miriam Gill and Dr Ellie Pridgeon), we look at the various ways in which glass has been used by artists as a medium, a carrier and a subject in art. From the colourful stained glass that entered Gothic cathedrals, an essential part of the medieval materialisation of the heavenly Jerusalem, to the more recent conceptual exploration of the transubstantial argument that a glass of water can also be an oak tree, this series of lectures promises the usual mix of insightful scholarship and surprising detail.

Each lecture will again give access to works from the collection of Northampton Museums and Art Gallery to be examined up close and personal by the audience.

Friday 23 February
To shine with the glory of God: Stained glass from the Middle Ages to Morris & Co

Glass: The stained glass panel of Sir Galahad and the Holy Grail – EW Twining
Speaker: Dr Ellie Pridgeon
Location: Abington Park Museum

Friday 2 March
Of light and luxury: Reverse glass painting in Central Europe c. 400 AD 
to 1930
Artwork: Reverse painted glass panel of castle and house 
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey
Location: Abington Park Museum

Friday 9 March
René Lalique and the art of fine glass

Glass: Set of Lalique glasses
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey
Location: Abington Park Museum

Friday 16 March
The vitreous subject: Uses of glass in art

Artwork: Boots and Bottles – Edith Foster 
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey
Location: Abington Park Museum

Friday 23 March 
Mirror, mirror on the wall: The most versatile subject of them al
Artwork: Sacred and Profane Love – John Collier
Speaker: Dr Miriam Gill
Location: Jeffery Room of The Guildhall

£6 per lecture or £25 for the whole series
Includes light refreshments
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Wire Hare Making

Saturday 17 February (sold out) & Saturday 24 March (sold out)Wire hare portrait
1pm - 4pm
Abington Park Museum

Following the sell-out success of last summer's wire bird making workshop, artist and sculptor Zack Mclaughlin returns to lead a wire hare 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 hare to take home. Over 60s only. Early booking advised - tickets for the 24 March sold out within 48 hoursand a new date 17 February gives more of you the chance to take part in this workshop.

£25 per person
Includes all materials, glass of fizz (or non-alcoholic alternative) and nibbles.
Ring 01604 838110 to book.

Pasta and Sauces Workshop

Saturday 10 MarchCarmela's Kitchen Pasta & Sauce workshop
12.30 - 3.30pm
Abington Park Museum

A class full of delicious tastings with Italian cook and author Carmela Sereno hayes.  Carmela will demonstrate how to make four different pasta sauces and serve them with her handmade pasta. On the menu will be roasted tomato and Parmesan rind sauce with penne, gorgonzola sauce with gnocchi, spaghetti carbonara, and seasonal pea and ricotta pesto with trofie pasta. Then it will be over to you to make some farfalle pasta, under Carmela's expert tuition, to take home. You will also take away a sample of pesto to enjoy at home.
You will be informed of which utensils to bring upon booking.
£30 (price includes all the ingredients)
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Northampton’s Past Presented

Volunteer researchers provide a snapshot into Northampton’s local historyNorthampton s past presented
Saturday 17 March
Abington Park Museum

Join us to celebrate Northampton’s historical past! Northampton Museum and Art Gallery’s research volunteers have been exploring the history of Northampton for the major expansion and renovation works currently underway. Join them in showcasing their work alongside guest speaker Jon-Paul Carr, Northamptonshire Studies Manager of Northamptonshire Libraries, who has supported the volunteers throughout the project.
£6.50 per person
Price includes refreshments which will be provided on arrival and during the interval.
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Centenary Memorial of Walter Tull: A Role Model from Footballer to Officer

Saturday 24 MarchWalter tull resize
1pm – Memorial service
1.30 - 3pm – Talks and refreshments
The Courtyard and Great Hall of The Guildhall

Join us in remembering Walter Tull, Northampton’s footballer and first black officer to lead white British soldiers in battle in WW1. A free memorial service will take place at the Walter Tull statue in the Guildhall courtyard. Ticketed talks and refreshments will then take place in the Great Hall. 
Walter Tull’s story will be told by his biographer Phil Vasili. Dr Steven Bradbury, Lecturer in Young People and Sport at Loughborough University, will then deliver a talk entitled Racism in Football: Historical and Contemporary Issues. Finally, Tony Whelan, current youth coach at Manchester United and a former player with Manchester United, Manchester City and Rochdale, will deliver the talk Walter Daniel Tull: Standing on the Shoulders of a Pioneering Giant.
Memorial service – free
Talks - £6.50
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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
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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)
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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.