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Kettering Museum and Art Gallery: Talks

Forthcoming talks at the Alfred East Art Gallery

Monthly Lunchtime Talks at the Alfred East Art Gallery, covering art and history topics.

Tickets: £5.00 per person

£3.50 for Kettering Leisure Pass holders

Please note that you will be asked to present your Kettering Leisure Pass when paying/collecting your ticket.

Seats are limited so please book early to avoid disappointment.

Talks run from 1pm until 2pm.

Light refreshments are available from 12.30pm and each talk lasts approximately 1 hour. Unfortunately, we cannot allow entry after 1pm.

You can book tickets before the event by calling the Gallery on 01536 534274   


'Sir Alfred East in Japan' by Roy Hargrave

Friday 20 March


'Many a Sundry Flower' by Mike Brown

Friday 17 April

In line with the Museum's Amazing Plants exhibition ‘Many a Sundry Flower’ will provide a fascinating insight into the plants of bygone times. Whether you wanted to appear more beautiful, relieve pain, improve a meal or kill a few rats - or possibly a rival; there were plants for every need.

Learn about folklore, myth and magic and the more practical ideas that will help you to answer questions you probably hadn’t even thought about before, such as;

  • Why you will die if you dig up a mandrake?
  • What do you use an alembic for?
  • Why you do not need to spend hours making smelly soap when you can grow your own?
  • How you can save money by not going to the expensive apothecary to cure your ills.
  • Why you wouldn’t want a woad-dying factory next door?

There will also be a display to accompany this talk.


'Kettering Heroes of World War II' by John Stanyard

Friday 8 May

Kettering’s World War Two memorial lists the names of nearly 300 men of Kettering who died in World War Two. All of the Armed Services are represented and all the major actions in World War Two.

The talk – “Kettering Heroes of World War Two”, by John Stanyard, covers a cross section of those commemorated including a George Cross winner, three men who were lost when HMS Hood was sunk by the Bismark, one of the Cockleshell heroes, three brothers from the same family. The talk is based on John’s on-going research of all the names on the memorial.

Come along and hear about the brave deeds carried out by Kettering men in World War Two. If you have a relative commemorated on the memorial, come along to the talk. John looks forward to meeting you and sharing his research with you.


 The Friends of Kettering Art Gallery and Museum also host a range of evening talks open to both members and non-members. For more information, please visit their website or their list of talks on our website.




Last updated 18/02/2015

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