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Adult workshops, talks & tours

Book online on our Eventbrite page  Alternatively, the Abington Park Museum ticket booking line is open during term time from November to March, Thursday to Sunday 12 - 4pm and during school holidays Thursday to Sunday 12 - 4pm.  From 1 April the times change to 1 - 5pm.  You can also call 01604 838110 to purchase your ticket over the phone.

 

 

Tours of Abington Park MuseumWooden panelling in Oak Room, Abington Park Museum


Sunday 29 March
Sunday 26 April
Sunday 31 May
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.
There is no lift and the tours involve stairs and uneven floors. The tour will last approximately 45 minutes.
£3.50
See top of page for how to book

 

Over 60s

10.30-11.30am
£3 per talkAPM
Includes refreshments
Abington Park Museum
Booking essential and opens Thursday 9 January
9am for online bookings (booking fee applies) 
12 midday at Abington Park Museum - in person/telehpone (no booking fee applies)
(see top of page for how to book)
 

 

Thursday 12 March
A History of Northamptonshire Police - limited availability
Speaker: Andy Tennet
A presentation tracing the history of Northamptonshire Police, from the earliest constables to the development of the county and borough forces, through to the 20th century.

Thursday 26 March
The Culworth Gang Highway Robbery in Northamptonshire- limited availability
Speaker: Dave Hewitt
Who were the Culworth Gang? When did they operate? What happened to them? A fascinating talk that will answer these questions and many more.

Thursday 23 April
Celebrate Tim Peake’s Principia Mission- limited availability
Speaker: Dave Eagle
Exploring Tim Peake’s mission to the International Space Station and what he did while he was there.

Booking essential and opens Thursday 9 January
9am for online bookings (booking fee applies) 
12 midday at Abington Park Museum - in person/telephone (no booking fee applies)
(see top of page for how to book)

 

Another look back at Northamptonshire

Another Look Back at Northamptonshire

Saturday 1 February- sold out
1.30 - 3.30pm
Abington Park Museum

 

Northamptonshire Film Archive Trust returns to present a selection of archive film including a fascinating look inside the Chronicle & Echo newspaper in the 1950s; a Bassett Loake film of Northampton events between 1935 to 1939, shoe making at the John White factory in   Rushden, and rural crafts in the late 1920s and early 1930s. The first three films were originally shown at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery in 2015.
Suitable for ages 16 and over.
£6  (includes light refreshments)

Booking essential
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Art History Lecture Series


I, Witness: Five Artistic Responses to Conflicts of Their Time
Friday 28 February – Friday 3 April
10.15am–12.15pm
Abington Park Museum

Join us for our twelfth series of art history lectures, this time investigating five artistic responses to contemporary conflict. From Paolo Uccello’s influential series of three paintings commemorating the 15th century victory of Florentine troops over the Sienese army, to Picasso’s damning artistic indictment following the bombing of the Basque town of Guernica through Nazi Germany in 1937. We shall explore a range of responses and the context in which they were made. Rather than taking its cues from the collection of the museum itself, this lecture series has been inspired by one of the first exhibitions scheduled to take place in the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery which features the Belfast series by local artist Chris Fiddes, depicting both Catholic and Protestant views of the Troubles of the early 1970s.

Friday 28 February
Managed Perspective
The Battle of San Romano cycle by Paolo Uccello
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Friday 13 MarchI, Witness: Five Artistic Responses to Conflicts of Their Time
The Disasters of War
Francisco Goya’s response to the Peninsular War of 1808 to 1814
Speaker: Dr Miriam Gill

Friday 20 March
Do you hear the People Sing?
Eugene Delacroix’s Liberty Leading the People in context
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Friday 27 March
An Ocean of Pain and Death
Pablo Picasso’s Guernica
Speaker: Dr Miriam Gill

Friday 3 April
Painting to Remember, Carving to Forget
Soldiers’ art and craft in two world wars
Speaker: Dr Conny Bailey

Speakers are correct at the time of going to press, but may be amended due to unforeseen changes in availability or subject expertise.

£6 per lecture or £25 for the whole series
Includes light refreshments
See top of page for how to book

 

 

Watercolour Workshops with David Douglas

Friday 15 May - Friday 19 JuneWatercolour Workshops with David Douglas
2-4pm
Abington Park Museum

Join us for another 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.

Friday 15 May
Week 1 – Trees and leaves
During the first afternoon we will be producing paintings inspired by the trees and leaves seen in Abington Park.

Friday 22 May
Week 2 - Abington lakes
For the second session we will produce watercolours focused on the model boating lake and large lake in the park.

Friday 5 June
Week 3 - Flowers and gardens
Taking inspiration from the different gardens and new spring blooms, the third week will provide an opportunity to create floral pictures.

Friday 12 June
Week 4 - Portraits
The fourth workshop will focus on portraiture and involve the chance to study and paint a person in period costume.

Friday 19 June
Week 5 - Still life
The final session allows for detailed studies and still life pictures to be produced from an arrangement of objects and artefacts taken from the Abington Park Museum’s collection.

£20 per workshop or £90 for the series of five
Price includes tea and coffee and basic materials
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Antipasti with Carmela

Saturday 16 MayAn afternoon making and tasting antipasti with Italian cook and author Carmela Sereno Hayes.
1-3.30pm
Abington Park Museum
An afternoon making and tasting antipasti with Italian cook and author Carmela Sereno Hayes. From filled baby peppers, to bruschetta with two toppings, panzanella salad, aubergine caponata, polenta with topping, and a seasonal pesto, Carmela will demonstrate how to make various antipasti and you will have the chance to make baby filled peppers to take home and bake.
You will be informed of any utensils to bring when booking. Under 16s must be accompanied by an adult.
£30
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Introduction to Printmaking with Iain HodgkinsonFor beginners or artists who wish to try a new technique, this form of printmaking provides a hassle free and adaptable skill.

Saturday 31 October (please note, rescheduled from Saturday 6 June)
10am - 4pm
Northampton Museum & Art Gallery
Learn a creative new skill and make handmade original prints without presses in this workshop for adults. During this day-long course you will create hand pulled original prints using woodcuts and lino to take away. Printmaker Iain Hodgkinson 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 - please bring your own lunch
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