Northampton Museums and Art Gallery website now live

Published: Wednesday, 24 March 2021

A brand-new website dedicated to the redeveloped Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum is now live.

Visitors to will find everything they need to know to plan their visit to the museum in Guildhall Road, which is set to open this spring and can watch a new film showing the interior of the museum coming together during the installation process.

The website features information about the galleries within both museums, including the new Shoe Gallery, which provides a journey through the history of shoe fashion and shoe making, and the refurbished History Gallery, which tells the unique story of Northampton from prehistory to the present day.

Another highlight is an online catalogue containing hundreds of images of objects from the museums’ collections, including archaeology, costume, fine art and the internationally important shoe collection.

A 3D model of a fossilised ichthyosaurus jaw, a curator-led audio tour of Eleanor Cross artworks and an animated trip around the historic rooms of Abington Park Museum are among the learning resources and exciting interactive content also available.

Councillor Anna King, Cabinet member for community engagement and safety, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to launch our new website, as it makes the museums’ extensive collections much more accessible and showcases what can be discovered when we reopen our doors.

“There are so many pages of fascinating content, including audio clips and oral histories, which really bring our unique collections to life and allow visitors to completely immerse themselves in thousands of years of history.”

A full calendar of online events and more details about the three opening temporary exhibitions, which will feature alongside the permanent galleries at the Northampton Museum and Art Gallery, are given on the website.

‘We Are Northampton’ celebrates the town’s rich heritage and explores Northampton’s character, through stories of notable residents, iconic buildings, events, activities, groups and clubs.

‘Challenging Perspectives’ is an exhibition looking back at the life and work of notable and prolific artist Christopher Fiddes, who lives in the county.  

Finally, the ‘Inspiration’ exhibition examines the way artists look at the world around them and how this sparks their creative imagination.

A film of the museum’s civic opening event, attended by representatives from Northampton Borough Council and local dignitaries, can also be viewed on the website.

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