History of Abington brought to life in new displays

Published: Wednesday, 07 February 2018

Work has started on five themed gallery displays at Abington Park Museum, which tell stories of the house, park and area from Doomsday to the present day.

‘Abington is a place to be inspired’ will be a changing display showcasing pieces from the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery’s collection, alongside works by local artists and photographers.

‘Abington is a place to live’ explores past owners of the house, including William Shakespeare’s granddaughter, Elizabeth Bernard, and other notable people who have lived in the neighbourhood throughout different periods of history.  

From foresters to shoe factory owners, ‘Abington is a place to work’ examines how people have made a living in the area over the years.

Abington has hosted varied entertainment and leisure activities, including roller skating rinks at the beginning of the 20th century, which are shown in ‘Abington is a place to enjoy’.

Finally, the benefits of the park as a green space in which to play and exercise are presented in ‘Abington is a place to breathe’.

Councillor Anna King, Northampton Borough Council’s cabinet member for community engagement said: “We are investing in these new displays so our visitors can learn more about the area’s rich and varied past.

“The park is a much loved community space, enjoyed by thousands of people each year, with its Green Flag status demonstrating its value.

“And the museum is a fantastic building at the heart of the park which has seen over 400 years of history.”

The displays will open to the public on 30 June 2018. For further information, please contact the museum team on 01604 838110 or email museums@northampton.gov.uk