Events Programme

2019 Summer Programme starts on 1st May

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.

Summer Programme

The Committee has organised a number of walks and visits during the summer months catering for all interests and abilities.

Unless stated otherwise these meetings take place on a Friday evening starting at 7:30 pm. Members should contact the appropriate organiser for any last minute changes to the arrangements.

We also welcome non-members who are interested in joining us on any of the walks or visits. Anyone intending to take part in these events should contact the Secretary to obtain further details.

Since most walks involve field footpaths, members and visitors should wear appropriate footwear.

NIAG gives formal notice that it makes arrangements for these events as Agents on behalf of each member attending and that no liability can be accepted by the Group for any injury, loss or inconvenience caused to any member in consequence of the event.


Archived summer programmes

For a summary, including images, of the summer events click here for the Photo Gallery page.


Winter Programme

Details of the Winter Programme will be available later in the year (August/September).


Archived winter programmes

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