Talks take a closer look at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery’s collection

Northampton Museum & Art Gallery in Guildhall Road, Northampton. ENGNNL00120121204191851
Northampton Museum & Art Gallery in Guildhall Road, Northampton. ENGNNL00120121204191851

A series of talks exploring Northampton Museum and Art Gallery’s collection in more depth is set to be held this autumn.

The ‘Objects in Focus’ series will take a closer look at some of the museum’s eclectic collections, celebrating how the collections have grown and transformed since the museum was founded 150 years ago.

The first talk, Opening up the Spanish Cabinet, will take place on Wednesday October 14 from 7.15-8.30pm. Dr Conny Bailey from the University of Leicester will explore collecting cabinets and offer a rare chance to see inside the museum’s 17th century Royal Spanish Papeleira cabinet and learn more about the museum’s decorative art collection.

Alan Clark will speak about the history of Northampton Gaol on Tuesday 3 November from 7.15-8.30pm in the second talk, From Gaol to Art Gallery. The museum building had an intriguing history as a gaol and many of the features from this time still remain. Visitors will also be able to view the exhibition from 6.15-7.15pm and see one of the collection’s key pieces – the Gaol Chapel beaker.

Councillor Brand Eldred, cabinet member for community engagement, said: “This year marks the 150th anniversary of the founding of the museum and these talks offer a fantastic opportunity to explore the museum’s collection in closer detail and to find out the intriguing stories behind each piece.”

Tickets cost £5 per talk and are available to book by phone on 01604 837397 or in person at Northampton Museum & Art Gallery.