Abington Park Museum

Abington Park Museum
Park Avenue South
Abington Park
Northampton
Northamptonshire
NN1 5LW
England

Website

www.northampton.gov.uk/museums

E-mail

museums@northampton.gov.uk

Telephone

01604 838110

Fax

01604 838720

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Abington Park Museum
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A 15th century manor house, once the home of Shakespeare's granddaughter, Elizabeth Bernard, who is buried in the nearby church. It is now a museum including the history of the house.
- A room with original 16th century oak panelling
- A room full of Victorian curiosities - how museums were in Victorian times
- Northamptonshire's military history - both at home and abroad
- A 19th century costume gallery
- The history of the inhabitants of Northampton from the cradle to the grave.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

1 April - 31 October Thurs to Sun 1300 - 1700
Open Bank Holiday Mondays

1 November - 31 March Closed
1 April - 31 October closed Mon, Tues, Wed

Admission charges

Free Admission

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Social History
Costume
Military History
Natural Sciences
Egyptology
Leathercraft

Collection details

Architecture, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art, Natural Sciences, Social History, Toys and Hobbies, Weapons and War

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

1940s Washday

Facilitated or teacher led session: Our handling collection includes: Granny's bloomers, washtub, scrubbing board, Lifebuoy soap, dolly tub and posser, 'dolly', washing line pegs, a flat iron, a mangle and a clothes horse.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

A Day in the Life

Facilitated session: The story of one special day in a Victorian child's life. Children have the chance to dress up, do household chores and play with Victorian toys.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Ancient Egypt: Opening of the Mouth

Facilitated session: A replica mummy and Anubis mask are amongst the objects used for this funeral right.. Pupils re-enact the ceremony that will being the dead person everlasting life.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Britons at War

Facilitated session: Find out the experiences of the people of Northampton during WWII. This session is set in the early 1940s and includes the chance to handle some original artefacts

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Hieroglyphics

Teacher led and combined with the Opening of the Mouth Ceremony session. Students try writing in pictures and symbols on real papyrus!

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

How we used to live: Homes in the past

Facilitated session: Using a variety of household objects, this session investigates homes of days gone by. Discover how to clean rugs, do the washing and make butter plus much more!

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Investigating the Victorians

Facilitated session: Using objects, some actually used by the Victorians, students have the chance to investigate health, hygiene, education and everyday life.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Life and times of the Tudors

Facilitated session: This session explores the every day lives of the Tudors, the differences between the rich and poor and the lives and impacts of Tudor monarchs. Utilising Tudor portraits, object handling, open discussion and role-play.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Looking at portraits

Facilitated session: This session enables students to discuss and question portraits on display at0 the Museum. Through looking at the composition of the painting, they will be able to record and analyse their findings in a variety of ways, learning how to use a portrait as a piece of historical evidence.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Moving Toys

Facilitated or teacher led session: The session uses a range of moving toys most of which can be handled. Pupils will investigate the material choice for the toys and why they move.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Second World War Evacuee

Facilitated or teacher led session: Using authentic objects we find out what it was like to be an evacuee, then write a letter home to parents blitzed in London.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Toys

Facilitated session: We have a wide variety of toys for you to choose from including a zoetrope, egg and cup, a 1950s Rupert the Bear and a Javanese rod puppet. We look at materials and how toys have changed through time.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

Victorian Schoolroom

Facilitated session: Experience the strict regime of Victorian schooling. Children will take part in an exercise drill, use slate pencils and slates and do work towards achieving the school medal.

How to obtain

Phone 01604 838544 to book a session

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