Events Programme

2019/20 Winter Programme starts on 11th October: History of Brickmaking in Bedfordshire

Winter Programme 2016/17


14th October
Textile Manufacturing in 18th century Northamptonshire
Dr Wendy Raybould
John Camden in the 16th century noted Northamptonshire as one of those counties which had 'most of the wool and least of the clothing therein'. Why and how did that situation change? And why was the industry in steep decline by 1800? Local historian Wendy Raybould will explain.
11th November
NIAG Annual General Meeting
this will be followed at approximately 7.45 pm by
Foxton Locks and the Inclined Plane
Mary Matts
The Leicester line of the Grand Union Canal required a flight of 10 locks to ascend from the valley of the River Soar to the Northamptonshire uplands and a short-lived inclined plane boat lift was later installed. Mary Matts' illustrated talk will tell the history of this site and what remains today.
2nd December
Archive Film of NIAG Activities
Peter Acres
An evening of nostalgia and a chance to see crafts and industries which are fast disappearing. Member Peter Acres will show videos of three NIAG visits that took place some years ago: a tour of Corby Tube Works in 1997, a demonstration of reaper binding at the late Oliver Ransome's farm at Ashton near Roade in 1998 and a visit to Cliffe Hill Quarry in Leicestershire in 2005.
13th January
Members' Evening
Our annual presentation by members of NIAG will as usual cover a diverse range of topics. There should be something to suit everyone! Members wishing to make a contribution are invited to contact Peter Perkins beforehand.
10th February
The Stratford & Midland Junction Railway - 1866 to the present day
Barry Taylor
Although the 'SMJ' only existed as an independent company for fourteen years, it is still remembered today. Barry's talk will trace the troubled early history of the constituent companies, the relative successes of the SMJ and LMS years, and the slow decline during British Railway's ownership after 1948. We will also be taken on a photographic journey along the routes from Blisworth to Banbury and Olney to Broom Junction.
10th March
Delapre Abbey - Restoring Northampton's Great Survivor
Margaret Hawkins
Built in 1146 as a Cluniac nunnery, Delapre Abbey has survived dissolution, wholesale remodelling, fire and threats of demolition. It is due to reopen to the public after a £7 million restoration project. This talk will outline the building's history and look at some aspects of the restoration.

Winter Programme

The Committee has organised a number of talks for the winter months catering for a wide range of interests.

These meetings will be held on a Friday evening in the Garden Room at St Matthews Church Hall, off Kettering Road Northampton (car park entrance in The Drive). Meetings commence at 7.30 pm and are free to NIAG members.

We welcome visitors to all our meetings; there is a charge of £2.00 per person per meeting.

Potential new members are always welcome at any of these meetings when you can join on the night.


Archived winter programmes


Summer Programme

Details of the Summer Programme will be available in the new year (April).


Archived summer programmes

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