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Researching the collection and archive

Introduction to the collection and archive

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Northampton Museum and Art Gallery and Abington Park Museum hold a wide range of collections and associated archive, library and documentation resources. We welcome access to these resources through research visits, viewings and correspondence. Access to the collections and archives will be available from 2021 due to our major expansion project at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery. We will welcome collection and archive enquiries for research by academics, students, universities and institutions, family researchers and individuals.

The collection

We hold a wide range of collections available for research including the Arts Council England Designated shoe collection, fine and decorative art, soial history, costume, archaeology, coins and medals, geology, ethnography, Northamptonshire Regiment and the Northamptonshire Yeomanry.

Our collection

Individual collections

Shoe collection

Military collection

Research or enquire about the collections

Archive resources

We care for archive resources associated with the shoe collection, Northamptonshire Yeomanry collection and the Northamptonshire Regiment collection.

Research or enquire about the archives

Shoe archive

If you have an enquiry regarding researching shoes and shoemaking ancestors have a look at our shoe pages.

Shoe collection

Shoe archive summary

If you have an enquiry regarding researching concealed shoes have a look at our guidance on concealed shoes.

Concealed shoes

Northamptonshire Yeomanry archive

This consists of photos, official documents, personal diaries and papers. This is held at the Northamptonshire Record Office.

Yeomanry archive summary

Research the Northamptonshire Yeomanry archive

If you have an enquiry regarding researching family members in the Northamptonshire Yeomanry have a look at our guidance.

Guidance on researching your military ancestors 

Northamptonshire Regimental archive

This consists of photos, official documents, personal diaries and papers. These archives can be accessed by appointment.

Regiment archive summary

If you have an enquiry regarding researching family members in the Northamptonshire Regiment have a look at our guidance.

Guidance on researching your military ancestors

Library resource

We hold libraries of art, history and shoe books relating to our collections which can be accessed by appointment only. Access to the library will be available from 2022 due to our major expansion project at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

Library summary

Research or enquire about the library

How to book a research visit or make an enquiry

Visits are by appointment only. Access to the collections and archives will be available from 2021 due to our major expansion project at Northampton Museum and Art Gallery.

Book a visit or make an enquiry

You will be able to view a specified selection of objects or archive relevant to your own interest. There will be a limit on the number of items you can see at any one appointment.