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001. Railway Photos: Archive Deposit
001. Railway Photos: Archive Deposit
001. Railway Photos: Archive Deposit

The award-winning book Building a Railway: Bourne to Saxby, published jointly by the Lincoln Record Society and the SLHA, was based upon a unique album of photographs taken by Charles Stansfield Wilson who was the principal civil engineer of the line.

The album was passed down through his family to his great granddaughter, Mrs Hogan, who brought it to the attention of the SLHA IA Team in 2007.

Mrs Hogan's husband presented this important album to Lincolnshire Archives for safekeeping and public access at a short ceremony in the Cathedral's Wren Library.

The photograph shows, from L to R, Stewart Squires (joint-editor), Alan Hogan, Adrian Wilkinson (Lincolnshire Archives) and Ken Hollamby (joint-editor).

Bourne Saxby, photographs, archives
01. Local History Conference
01. Local History Conference
01. Local History Conference
The early spring weekend conference, for several years held at Horncastle Residential College, took place at Bishop Grosseteste College, Lincoln in February. The theme was 'Lincolnshire and Defence'
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02. Lincoln Connections: Book Launch
02. Lincoln Connections: Book Launch
02. Lincoln Connections: Book Launch

A large group of members and friends of Dr Dennis Mills met in Branston Village Hall on 26 March to celebrate his 80th birthday and launch a book - a festshrift - written and published in honour of Dennis's achievements.

Mick Jones, SLHA President, welcomed guests and Andrew Walker, formerly of the University of Lincoln and joint editor of the festschrift, spoke about the book and its contributors.

Kate Tiller, University of Oxford, gave her own personal tribute to Dennis and formally presented him with a copy of the book.

The new book, Lincoln Connections, is a collection of essays written by Dennis's academic friends on aspects of Lincoln and its neighbourhood covering the period 1700 to the present day.

Lincoln Connections, Book Launch, Dennis Mills, festschrift
04. Grimsby: Heritage Fair
04. Grimsby: Heritage Fair
04. Grimsby: Heritage Fair

St James's Minster Grimsby was the venue for a vibrant Heritage Fair arranged by SLHA on Saturday 9 April.

Thirty societies and groups had stalls with attractive displays about Lincolnshire's heritage - including archaeology, local history (Grimsby and several villages), family history, churches, RAF stations, windmills and watermills, pumping stations, archive film, Wesley, Tennyson and Joseph Banks.

The local Civil War re-enactment group, Sealed Knot, camped on the green outside and demonstrated warfare techniques.

This photo shows David Cowell at the SLHA stall.

Heritage Fair, Grimsby
05. Annual General Meeting
05. Annual General Meeting
05. Annual General Meeting

SLHA held its Annual General Meeting in the W.I.Hall at Burgh le Marsh on Saturday 18 June. The Burgh History Group acted as hosts for the day.

At the AGM, conducted by SLHA President Dr Michael Jones, the following key officers were elected for 2011/12: Stewart Squires - Chairman; Chris Lester and John Wilford - Vice-Chairmen.

A satisfactory year, both financially and in terms of activities, was reported.

AGM 2011, Burgh le Marsh
06. SLHA Award Winners
06. SLHA Award Winners
06. SLHA Award Winners

The Flora Murray Award for 2010 was made to Sue Edlington and Dr David Rose for their book Rose Brothers (Gainsborough) Ltd, and SLHA Awards of Excellence were presented to David Robinson for Adam Eve and Louth Carpets; and the Story of Eve and Ranshaw Ltd, and to the Fiskerton History and Archaeology Group (Sally Scott) for Yellowbelly Youth: A Fiskerton Boyhood by Fred Thompson.

A special presentation was also made to Steven Betteridge for 20 years continuous service as Secretary of the SLHA Industrial Archaeology Team.

Photograph (l to r): Stephen Betteridge, Sally Scott, Mick Jones (SLHA President), Susan Edlington, David Robinson

Flora Murray award, Robinson, Susan Edlington, Fiskerton
07. Corbridge Roman Site: Tour
07. Corbridge Roman Site: Tour
07. Corbridge Roman Site: Tour

A small party of SLHA members and friends visited Edinburgh and the Scottish Lowlands in July 2011. The main stop en-route was at Alnwick for the castle, gardens and the famous station bookshop.

Ken Hollamby, our tour organiser, had arranged a visit to the National Map Collection, and in the afternoon there was a choice of venues in Edinburgh: John Knox House, the Cathedral, the new Parliament, the Royal Mile, the Royal Yacht or the Botanic gardens.

Sunday morning we had a mini-cruise on the Falkirk Wheel followed by a guided tour of the Museum of Rural Life at East Kilbride. On Monday morning, on the return journey home, we enjoyed a guided visit to Corbridge Roman town.

Corbridge Roman
08. Horncastle Canal: Visit
08. Horncastle Canal: Visit
08. Horncastle Canal: Visit

On Sunday 14 August a group of SLHA members visited some of the surviving features of the Tattershall to Horncastle Canal.

Having examined some of the surviving canal features in Horncastle, locks were visited at Thornton, Kirkby on Bain and Coningsby.

This photograph shows the fine railway bridge over the canal at Coningsby. (It carried the Kirkstead to Little Steeping line, the so-called 'New Line', of 1913-1970.)

At Tattershall the original Gibson Cut of 1784 formed the final link to the Witham. Here a surviving C18 grain warehouse in dark-red brick was long ago converted into 3-storey housing.

Horncastle Canal, New Line railway, Coningsby, bridge
09. Bourne-Saxby Railway Line: Walk
09. Bourne-Saxby Railway Line: Walk
09. Bourne-Saxby Railway Line: Walk

As part of the Heritage Open Days events this year (September 8 to 11) Stewart Squires, Chairman of SLHA, led a 2.5 mile walk along part of the former railway line between Bourne and Saxby to look at two of the main engineering features and how they were built.

These were the 300-yard Toft Tunnel (TF078190) and the Lound Viaduct (TF062186).

Bourne Saxby Railway, Toft Tunnel, Lound Viaduct
10. Manchester Ship Canal: Outing
10. Manchester Ship Canal: Outing
10. Manchester Ship Canal: Outing

On the 17th September 29 members and friends joined the Mersey Ferry "Snowdrop” for a 6-hour cruise from Birkenhead along the Manchester Ship Canal to Salford Quays. Leaving Birkenhead, they sailed six miles up the river Mersey past Liverpool’s famous historic waterfront and into the canal at Eastham.

There was a comprehensive commentary throughout the voyage which supplemented some 30 pages of tour notes prepared by Ken Redmore, who also organised the trip. The party returned to Lincoln by coach after a long but thoroughly enjoyable day.

Manchester Ship Canal
11. Papists in North Lincolnshire: Lecture
11. Papists in North Lincolnshire: Lecture
11. Papists in North Lincolnshire: Lecture

John Wilford, Roman Catholic deacon and SLHA vice-chairman, gave a fascinating account of "catholic dissent" in north Lincolnshire from the Reformation to the nineteenth century in a lecture at Caistor Town Hall on 13 September.

This was the annual Leach Lecture, held in memory of the eminent local historian Terence Leach (1937-94), arranged this year jointly by SLHA and Caistor Community Archives and Heritage Group.

In the photograph John Wilford is flanked by Alan Dennis (left, Caistor Heritage Group) and Stewart Squires (SLHA Chairman)

John Wilford, Papists popery,
12. Archaeology Conference
12. Archaeology Conference
12. Archaeology Conference
The annual archaeology day conference was held at the Riseholme campus of the University of Lincoln in early October attended by over a hundred delegates.The theme was
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13. Lincolnshire and the Potato: Book Launch
13. Lincolnshire and the Potato: Book Launch
13. Lincolnshire and the Potato: Book Launch

A new book published by SLHA, Growing Better : Lincolnshire and the Potato, was launched at the National Centre for Food Technology, University of Lincoln in Holbeach on Saturday 22 October.

The guest of honour was Tony Worth, Lord Lieutenant of Lincolnshire and SLHA Patron, who is shown here with the joint-authors Catherine Wilson and Stewart Squires.

2011, Lincolnshire and the Potato, book launch
14. Horncastle Canal: Survey
14. Horncastle Canal: Survey
14. Horncastle Canal: Survey

On Sunday 27 November a group from the SLHA Industrial Archaeology team measured and photographed two locks on the Horncastle-Tattershall Canal.

Horncastle Lock, with its original stonework, shows unusual regular depressions on the north wall, thought to assist with "poling" through the lock.

A brick-capped farm reservoir (probably early 20th century) and the nearby fragments of the base of a steel-framed wind-pump were examined at Thornton.

The remains of a second lock were measured at Kirkby on Bain. Of particular interest in the stone structure was the gated opening and short curved channel of the former sluice.

Horncastle Canal, locks, survey
15. St Hugh's Hall, Lincoln
15. St Hugh's Hall, Lincoln
15. St Hugh's Hall, Lincoln

St Hugh's RC church hall near the centre of Lincoln is the venue for a monthly evening lecture.

The lecture series was originated by the former FLARE organisation and the archaeoelogy theme continued under SLHA.

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17. Edenham and Little Bytham Railway
17. Edenham and Little Bytham Railway
17. Edenham and Little Bytham Railway

A small group of industrial archaeologists from the society walked the route of the small branch line from Edenham to Little Bytham.

In the photograph: Ken Hollamby Chris Lester and Stewart Squires.

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