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A Day in Wainfleet
Guided tour and picnic

SLHA members had warm and sunny weather for their annual picnic in Wainfleet on Saturday 4 August. The outstanding late fifteenth-century Magdalen School building was the base for the day's activities.

David Turner, born and bred in Wainfleet, led an absorbing walking tour of the town's main sites. Time was spent at All Saints' church, the Market Place clock tower, Barkham Street and the Magdalen School, and less familiar commercial and residential buildings around the town centre also received attention.

We heard about some of Wainfleet's notable sons and daughters and their High Street residences: Elizabeth Allan (1910-1990), stage and film actress; Thomas Reckitt (b.1772), father of isaac Reckitt, founder of the Hull pharmaceutical firm; Huggins and Gees, pharmaceutical chemists and creators of Gee's Linctus. Wainfleet may seem to be a quiet and sleepy backwater today but it was once an importamnt North Sea port and has its claims to fame.

The afternoon was spent browsing the wide-ranging local museum on the first floor of the Magdalen School building. All in all, a thoroughly enjoyable day.

Photographs: Top right - Market Place Clock Tower; Lower right - Magdalen School; Below - All Saints' Church

 


August 2018

Weekend in Shropshire
Museums and historic sites

The Society’s annual study tour, led by Ken Hollamby and administered by TravelWright of Newark, was based at Harper Adams University, Newport, Shropshire from 12 to 16 July. On the outward journey the afternoon was spent at the Black Country Museum in Dudley, a huge open site with a wide range of domestic, commercial and industrial features.

The first full day in Shropshire was centred on the historic Ironbridge Gorge. At the Jackfield Pottery we saw how modern encaustic tiles are made (as for the Palace of Westminster) and browsed the extensive museum collection of tiles. The iconic Ironbridge is being restored by Historic England and a specially constructed walkway enables visitors to see the original ironwork at close quarters and hear about the work being undertaken. The quiet and relaxing afternoon was spent at nearby Blists Hill Victorian town.

On Saturday morning we absorbed the sights, sounds and smells of Acton Scott Farm Museum. A conducted tour introduced us to the buildings (farmhouse, barns, stables, brick-kiln, workshops) and animals (sheep, cattle, chickens, pigs) of this authentic working farm. By contrast, the afternoon revealed the highlights of Shrewsbury and the town’s connections with Charles Darwin; Peter Worsley was our expert guide.

The final full day, under Glynn Coppack’s leadership, was devoted to Shropshire’s archaeology and historic buildings. Included in the tour were Buildwas Abbey, Wroxeter Roman site, Acton Burnell Castle and Stokesay Castle. We heard about the history and development of each of these significant sites.

On the morning of our homeward journey we visited Ditherington Flaxmill Maltings, a large building complex dating from the late eighteenth century, currently being restored. The iron columns and beams of the principal building – the earliest such recorded structure – give it worldwide significance.

Photos: Opposite top - Silicone rubber mould, Jackfield Pottery; Opposite below - Ditherington Flaxmill Maltings; Lower left - Buildwas Abbey; Lower centre - Wroxeter Roman site; Lower right - horse gin, Acton Scott Farm Museum



 


July 2018

Knights, Kings and Queens
Family event at Kirton LIndsey

The Jubilee Town Hall at Kirton hosted a successful and very well attended half term event for families on 12 February. The session was organised by Kathy Holland on behalf of the SLHA in conjunction with the Kirton in Lindsey Society.

Visitors had the opportunity to participate in a range of craft activities inspired by the theme of Knights, Kings and Queens. Crafts included creating a royal crown, and using craft materials to design and make a shield displaying heraldic designs. This activity included discussions on heraldry and investigating images of designs from the period.

Also on offer was the chance to create some sparkly jewellery inspired by medieval designs. The ever popular clay activity was crafting a Knight’s head inspired by a carving to be found in Lincoln Cathedral.

As may be expected, this activity provoked discussion about other carvings of the period and how they can help us find out about the appearance of people in medieval times.

Visitors could also study a selection of replica everyday artefacts from the period, some belonging to the Society and others kindly lent by The Collection in Lincoln.

Both adults and children were very appreciative and the event presented both the SLHA and the Kirton in Lindsey Society the opportunity engage with families and help promote interest in our history and heritage. We had lots of requests for more events and activities of this kind.

This event used resources provided by the ‘Past and Present’ Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Knight's head made at the event

February 2018

Museum of Clocks and Watches
Visit to BHI at Upton (Notts)

A large group of IA members visited the headquarters and museum of the British Horological Institute in Upton Hall near Southwell on 7 February.

Two excellent BHI guides gave an introduction to the huge collection of clocks and watches on display in the Hall. There are examples of rare, early long case clocks, some in magnificent decorated cases, and fine regulators, which keep time with remarkable accuracy.

The fascinating twentieth century development of the ‘speaking clock’ is followed in the Museum’s unique collection. The museum also has a vast range of watches which illustrate important innovations over the years. Of particular interest is the watch used by Captain Scott on his famous, ill-fated Antarctic expedition.

 

Photographs: Upton Hall, BHI Headquarters and Museum (top); part of the BHI Museum display in the Hall (below)



February 2018