Months with Events
About Events

Events are open to all and prior booking is not necessary except where indicated.

Details of all events are obtainable from SLHA.

Speakers Offered

Names and contact details of speakers are available from the SLHA Office.

Speakers Wanted
Additions to our database of speakers are welcomed - please let us have details of topics, contact information and fees.


Events Calendar


January 2023
Norwich Castle
Presented by Tim Pestell 
Norwich Castle currently undergoing a major National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment that will see the internal room spaces of the Keep rebuilt, a new Gallery of the Medieval World created in partnership with the British Museum and new toilets, shop and front entrance installed. This talk will reveal what is going on behind the hoardings and exactly why we needed a tower crane on a Scheduled Monument to do it! 

Admission £4.00 SLHA Members £3.00 Pay on the door 

Wednesday 11 January, 2023
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
Tim Pestell is the Senior Curator of Archaeology at Norwich Museum and Art Gallery, a post he has been in for the last twenty years. His interests are primarily in the Anglo-Saxon and medieval periods, but Tim has an active interest in the workings of the Treasure Act, the antiquities market and currently serves on the Reviewing Committee for the Export of Works of Art. 
Representing Road Hogs and Motor Scorchers
Evening talk on-line by ZOOM 
‘Representing Road Hogs and Motor Scorchers': the early years of rural motoring in Lincolnshire, c. 1900-1930
Presented by Dr Andrew Walker 

Admission by donation 

Wednesday 18 January, 2023
At the end of the nineteenth century references to road hogs in the English local press generally appeared in reports of the inconsiderate behaviour of cyclists on country roads. However, during the first decades of the twentieth century the term and associated descriptors such as ‘motor scorcher’ were applied to the increasing number of motorists populating the rural highways. 

This talk will focus especially upon the representation in the Lincolnshire press of this new type of consumer and explore what these reports reveal about the changing attitudes towards motorists and their machines during this period, especially in rural districts.

Particular attention will be paid to exploring reports of the misbehaviour of this new type of consumer, largely wealthy and often relatively young, whose consumption habits were bringing about a necessary renegotiation of rural-urban relationships. The coming of the car and the motorist changed the nature and extent of encounters across other boundaries including social class and, with the growth in the number of women motorists, increasingly gender. 
Sunday Special
Sunday Special 
• Lost Industrial Buildings of Boston Neil Wright
• The Historic and Prehistoric Landscape of Potters Hill Bob Garlant
• Buildings and Maps Jenne Pape
Admission £4.00 SLHA Members £3.00 Pay on the door 

Sunday 22 January, 2023
NETTLEHAM: Old School, Mill Road, LN2 2PE


February 2023
The Night of 24th October 1942; The Last Air Raid on Grantham
Presented by Peter Reichelt 

This talk will focus on the last Air Raid on Grantham and what happened to the speaker and his family along with others who did not survive. Peter will also discuss his quest to research the reasons for the Raid, plus the Luftwaffe Squadrons, Airfields, Aircraft Personnel, Casualties and other family stories from that night. 

Admission £4.00 SLHA Members £3.00 Pay on the door 

Wednesday 15 February, 2023
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ


March 2023
Lincoln Guildhall and Posterngate Guided Visit (SLHA MEMBERS ONLY)
Led by Rich Storey, Mayor’s Officer
Enjoy a guided tour of Lincoln Guildhall and Stonebow, a fascinating early 16th-century town building which forms an archway over the main High Street and the Posterngate, a Roman gateway to southern Lincoln used by merchants and traders and which now lies hidden beneath the streets of the City of Lincoln.
THIS IS AN SLHA MEMBERS ONLY EVENT. Admission £6.50 to include tea and coffee. Places are limited and must be booked in advance. Please meet outside the Guildhall.
Tuesday 07 March, 2023
1.45pm for a prompt start at 2.00pm
LINCOLN: Guildhall and Stonebow, Saltergate, Lincoln LN2 1DH
Download booking form: 2023StonebowAndPosterngate.pdf
Sunday Special
Three short talks 

Seasons in Time: Prospection in an Archaeological Landscape - Chris Casswell 

Louth Navigation -Stephen Betteridge 

North Greetwell POW Camp -Pearl Wheatley 

Admission £4.00 SLHA Members £3.00 Pay on the door 

Sunday 12 March, 2023
NETTLEHAM: Old School, Mill Road, Nettleham, Lincoln LN2 2PE
Aldborough and the Roman North
Presented by Professor Martin Millett 

Aldborough, North Yorkshire, is the site of the Roman town of Isurium Brigantum, the administrative centre for much of northern Britain. After significant exploration in the 18th and 19th centuries, it remained surprisingly unresearched until recently. This talk will discuss research on the site since 2009, drawing together antiquarian research, geophysical survey and new excavations to provide a new understanding of this important Roman site. 

Admission £4.00 SLHA Members £3.00 Pay on the door or in advance through Eventbrite.

Wednesday 22 March, 2023
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ


April 2023
"Hidden Treasures" Store Tour (FULLY BOOKED)

**** FULLY BOOKED **** 

Store tour at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life. Presented by Sara Basquill, Collections Development Officer

Investigate a selection of rarely seen special and intriguing objects in the Museum Store with the Collections Development Officer Sara Basquill.  Your visit will include the opportunity to explore the Museum independently and enjoy the variety of local history treasures on display.
THIS IS AN SLHA MEMBERS ONLY EVENT. Admission £7.00 to include tea and coffee. Places are limited to 20 and must be booked in advance.  
Limited parking at the Museum or at The Lawn 5 mins walk away
Tuesday 04 April, 2023
10.30am - 12.30pm
LINCOLN: Museum of Lincolnshire Life, Burton Road, LN1 3LY
Download booking form: 2023HiddenTreasuresBookingForm.pdf
Life in Cromwellian Lincolnshire
Evening Talk by Zoom

Presented by Dr Jon Fitzgibbons, Senior Lecturer, University of Lincoln 

Admission by donation 

Wednesday 05 April, 2023

Following the execution of King Charles I in 1649, the kingless republican era is often seen as a time of repression and military dictatorship. The rule of the ‘Major Generals’ from 1655 to 1657, in particular, looms large in the popular imagination as a time of puritan ‘killjoys’ closing down alehouses and banning anything that seemed like fun. 

This talk will focus on life in 1650s Lincolnshire to challenge these assumptions and to explore what life under Oliver Cromwell’s Protectorate was really like. It will also question the extent to which the Restoration of the ‘merry monarch’, King Charles II, in 1660 marked a significant departure from the republic that preceded it. As this talk will reveal, the divisions of the devastating Civil War of the 1640s continued to leave their mark on communities across Lincolnshire for decades to come, with some of those scars still visible even today.  

The Edge of England; Landfall in Lincolnshire
Presented by Derek Turner 

Lincolnshire is a land slightly apart from the rest of England, a place frequently dismissed or forgotten. Edge of England examines the county's natural history, cultural character and political and religious legacy to tell the county's colourful story and show some of the surprising ways this supposedly ‘marginal’ place has affected all British history. 

Admission £4.00 SLHA Members £3.00 Pay on the door or in advance through Eventbrite.


Wednesday 19 April, 2023
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
Churches Conference
Registration and coffee from 9.30am

The Programme will start at 10.00am and will include:

Introduction to the Wesley Memorial Church

‘If Walls could Talk’ Historic Graffiti in Lincolnshire Churches
Presented by Brian Porter

Anglo- Saxon Churches in Lincolnshire
Presented by Professor David Stocker

Parish Churches as World Collections
Presented by Professor Heather Hughes, University of Lincoln
Guided Visit to St Andrew’s Church 
The total cost of the Churches Conference including lunch and refreshments is £25.00 for SLHA members and £32.00 for nonmembers. The closing date for bookings is the 10 th April 2023 (Please note that refunds cannot be made after the closing date) 
Saturday 22 April, 2023
9.30am - 4.30pm
EPWORTH: Wesley Memorial Church, High St, DN9 1EP
Download booking form: 2023ChurchesConference.pdf
The 2023 Day Conference organised by the SLHA Local History Team will take place at Epworth in the north of the county. It will include a series of talks exploring various aspects of places of worship and a guided visit to St Andrew’s Church.
In addition to a selection of talks, the Conference will host a Society book-stall selling new and second-hand books and maps.
The Wesley Memorial Church is located in Epworth 

There is limited car-parking on-site and nearby

We look forward to welcoming you


May 2023
Guided Visits to St Vedast's Church, Tathwell & Haugham All Saints Church

Tours of both churches, starting at Tathwell, led by Jean Howard, Blue Badge Guide.

Admission £6.00 including tea and biscuits – Places limited - Pre-booking essential
Monday 15 May, 2023
St Vedast's Church Tathwell LN11 9SR
Download booking form: 2023StDevastsChurch.pdf
Associated British Ports and Rail Transport
Presented by Lee Armstrong 

Associated British Ports (ABP) is the UK's largest rail-connected ports group. 

ABP’s Port of Immingham is the UK’s largest port by tonnage, handling around 46 million tonnes of cargo every year. Together with ABP’s other ports on the Humber at Grimsby, Hull and Goole, Immingham is part of the UK’s leading port complex. 

Lee Armstrong, who is responsible for commercial development for rail at Associated British Ports will talk about the recent history of Rail freight in Immingham, what has driven the changes to commodities and volumes to date and the plans for the future growth. 

Admission £4.00 SLHA Members £3.00 Pay on the door or book through Eventbrite 

Wednesday 17 May, 2023
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
Reimagining Lincolnshire
Discovering and Sharing Untold Stories. Full Day Conference organised in conjunction with the University of Lincoln
Registration and coffee from 9.00am

The talks will start at 09.30am and are scheduled to include:


‘Gypsies in Lincolnshire c. 1850-1939’ Presented by Dr Andrew Walker

‘Hidden in Plain Sight: the work of Mahomet Thomas Phillips One of Lincolnshire’s greatest forgotten artists’ Presented by Victoria Araj, University of Lincoln

‘Antiquities, Antiquarians, and Empire’ Presented by Adam Daubney

‘Albert West, a Lincolnshire Satyagrahi The intriguing story of a Vegetarian Printer from Louth’
Presented by Heather Hughes, University of Lincoln

Sharing Stories Session, feed-back and discussion

‘Lincolnshire Stories in Song’, musical talk and performance Tom Lane, Nigel Creasey, and Terri Clarke
The total cost of the Reimagining Lincolnshire Conference including lunch and refreshments is £25.00.  The closing date for bookings is the 10th May 2023 (Please note that refunds cannot be made after the closing date)

Saturday 20 May, 2023
9.30am - 4.30pm
WELTON: Village Hall, Ryland Rd, LN2 3LU
Download booking form: 2023-Reimagining-Lincolnshire.pdf

The SLHA and Reimagining Lincolnshire Project have pleasure in inviting you to a joint conference, to explore overlapping research interests and directions. The theme of the day will be Lincolnshire’s connectedness to the wider world over two millennia: how rivers and the sea have facilitated arrivals, invasions and departures; and how the people of our region have influenced, and been influenced by, unfolding historical events worldwide. We have an exciting line-up of speakers, plus there will be an opportunity for participants to contribute stories of their own connections to the UK and wider world. 

In addition to a selection of talks, the Conference will host a Society book-stall selling new and second-hand books and maps. 

Car-parking is available at Welton Village Hall

We look forward to welcoming you

St Mary’s Guildhall – SLHA Members’ Visit
The History of St Mary’s Guildhall Presented by Professor David Stocker
Restoration and redevelopment of St Mary’s Guildhall Presented by Sarah Harrison Principal Conservation Officer, Lincoln City Council
Guided tour of the site.
Admission £5.00 to include tea and coffee. Please pre-book either on form or through Eventbrite.
Tuesday 23 May, 2023
10.00am – 12.30pm
St Mary’s Guildhall, Sibthorp St, Lincoln LN5 7SH
Download booking form: 2023StMarysGuildhall.pdf
'Henry Chaplin MP - Scandal & a Derby Winner'
Evening Talk by Zoom (NOW 24TH MAY)

Presented by Mark Acton, Chairman of the SLHA Local History Team 

'Henry Chaplin inherited a large estate in Lincolnshire and spent much of his life in politics and fox hunting. This talk though will concentrate on part of his early life which involved a society scandal and revenge at Britain's premier horse race.' 

Admission by donation

Wednesday 24 May, 2023


June 2023
Seeing Beneath the Cobbles
Discoveries made during the Lincoln Connected Project
Presented by Alice Beasley, Allen Archaeology Limited
Admission £4.00 SLHA Members £3.00 Pay on the door or book through Eventbrite
Wednesday 14 June, 2023
St Hugh’s Hall, Monks Road, Lincoln LN2 5AQ
Visit to Mrs Smith’s Cottage SLHA Members’ Event
Explore the Cottage, Timeline and Displays and learn about everyday life in rural Lincolnshire. The morning will also include the opportunity to find out and investigate the Navenby Heritage Trail and Datestones Project.
Tea, coffee and cake included!
Admission £7.00 Places are limited and pre-booking is essential either on form or through Eventbrite.
Tuesday 20 June, 2023
10.30am 12.30pm
Mrs Smith’s Cottage, 3 East Rd, Navenby, Lincoln LN5 OHF
Download booking form: 2023MrsSmithsCottage.pdf


July 2023
Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley - An Extraordinary Man
Annual Brackenbury Lecture

Afternoon Talk presented by Michael Allen
Followed by Afternoon Tea.
Admission by Donation on the day
Saturday 08 July, 2023
Raithby Chapel, Raithby Hall, Spilsby PE23 4DW
Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley - An Extraordinary Man 
For most people of today, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley is an unknown individual. This is a great pity since he left a legacy of achievements that has made life better, not only for the generations who came after him but for future generations as well. Measured by any standards, his energy, enthusiasm and drive enabled him to excel in so many areas that affect our daily lives today. This talk aims to highlight why it is we should all be thankful for all he achieved. 

During the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries the Rawnsleys were a well-known family in the county of Lincolnshire. Although Hardwicke was not born in the county, he spent his childhood and adolescence living in Halton Holgate. The talk will begin by examining some of the influences that the county and people of Lincolnshire had on moulding the development of the young Hardwicke. Michael will then highlight his pioneering work in the early conservation movement, including his work to safeguard the Lake District and the role he played in the founding of the National Trust. Finally, a brief outline will be given of some of the other ways in which Hardwicke made a lasting contribution to changing society for the better for all of us. 

Michael Allen: 
After a lifetime spent working in industry Michael took a PhD at Anglia Ruskin University on the ‘Victorian Sonnet’. Following this research he published the five-volume ‘Anthem Anthology of Victorian Sonnets’. In conjunction with Rosalind Rawnsley, he has researched and published the first in depth study of her great-grandfather, Hardwicke Drummond Rawnsley. 

Study Tour in South-West Scotland

The annual SLHA study tour will be based in Dumfries and will include visits to a wide range of sites of historic and archaeological interest.

The tour has been planned by Ken Hollamby and is being managed by Travel Editions.

Full details can be dowloaded here

Thursday 13 July, 2023 to Monday 17 July, 2023
5-day tour


August 2023
Society Picnic at Oxcombe Farm
Saturday 5th August 2023

The venue is Oxcombe which is set in a hidden valley of the Wolds. It offers a wide range of interesting historic features
Further details will be available in the July mailing and on this website.
Saturday 05 August, 2023
Sleaford Heritage Day

The event will include an introduction to the Sleaford Castle Project, a variety of displays and presentations from local heritage organisations plus talks organised by the SLHA talks including;

'Old Place, New Perspective: A History of the Manor House of Old Sleaford.' Presented by Wendy Atkin and Dale Trimble
Admission £25.00 to include a buffet lunch. Pre-booking essential either on form or Eventbrite
Saturday 12 August, 2023
10.00 - 4.00pm
Riverside Church, Southgate, Sleaford NG34 7RY
Download booking form: 2023SleafordHeritageDay.pdf
Sleaford Heritage Day
The Source, Sleaford 10.00am – 4.00pm.
Saturday 12th August 2023
SLHA Bookstall and displays and information from Heritage organisations including Cogglesford Mill, Sleaford Museum, Sleaford Navigation and Navigation House.
9.30am Registration, tea and coffee
10.00am Welcome and introduction
Dr Andrew Walker, Chair of the Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology
10.10am Old Place, New Perspectives: A History of the Manor House of Old Sleaford Presented by Wendy Atkin and Dale Trimble, Old Sleaford Heritage Group The Old Manor House, Sleaford, a version of which has stood on the site since at least the sixteenth century was the subject of an archaeological dig in 2015 that uncovered a wealth of information from Tudor times. This presentation will include the story of the Manor House and explore the evidence from the excavations.
11.00am Sleaford Navigation
Presented by Steve Hayes, Sleaford Navigation Trust The Sleaford Navigation opened in 1794. It ran from a junction with the River Witham, near Chapel Hill to the town of Sleaford through seven locks, most of which were adjacent to mills. Discover the intriguing story of the development and role of the Sleaford Navigation from the time of to the present day and find out what plans are in place for the future.
11.30am Tea and Coffee
11.50am Navigation House
NK Heritage Speaker TBC
Built in 1838 and Grade II listed, Navigation House is an impressive, original canal company office standing in the old public wharf area of Sleaford. The construction of the Sleaford Navigation linked the town with the River Witham. This presentation will explore the history, role and importance of the building.
12.20pm Cogglesford Watermill
Presented by Anne Flannery and Robert Pratt NK Heritage
The waters of the River Slea have been used for powering watermills for well over 1000 years. The present three-storey mill building dates to the early 18th century and Has been fully restored to working order. This presentation will investigate the importance of milling and include the history and operation of the watermill.
1.00pm Lunch and the opportunity to visit nearby Sleaford Museum, Navigation House or St Denys’ Church all located a few minutes walk from The Source.
2.00pm Guided Visit to Sleaford Castle
Led by Mark Banham, Chairman of Sleaford Museum
An excellent opportunity to visit and explore an important archaeological site and discover how to interpret the surviving evidence and find out what stories it has to tell.
2.50pm Tea and Coffee
3.10pm Sleaford Castle Development Project
Presented by Garry Titmuss Chairman of Sleaford Castle Heritage Group
Sleaford Castle is the subject of an exciting development in the town as in July 2023 as
archaeologists will be on site and digging for the first time since the mid-nineteenth
century. This presentation will focus on the development project and highlight any new
discoveries and forthcoming plans
3.45pm Discussion and Closing Remarks
Andrew Walker Chair of the Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology
4.00pm Close
Guided Visit to Allington and Sedgebrook Churches
Led by Dr John Manterfield 

Although small, both churches have fascinating stories to tell and are well worth a visit. 

Admission £7.50 to include tea, coffee and biscuits. 

Pre-booking essential either through the SLHA website or through Eventbrite 

Tuesday 15 August, 2023
St Lawrence's Church, Church Lane, Sedgebrook, NG32 2EU
Download booking form: 2023SedgebrookandAllington.pdf
St Lawrence’s Church, Sedgebrook is a fine 12th-15th century Grade I listed church. It is the final resting place of the Upright Judge, Sir John Markham, Lord Chief Justice of the King's Bench (1410-1479). The Markham Chapel tells his intriguing story as well as that of Lady Bridget Markham, subject of one of John Donne's funeral elegies. 

Allington Holy Trinity Church can be traced back to the 12th century with the four bays of Norman arches and pillars on the north side of the nave. By the end of the 14th century it gained a double bellcote with the original bells which are still rung at every service. In the 15th century the west wing of the church was renovated in the perpendicular style and the font dates back to between 1485-1500 AD. It is octagonal in shape with lozenge shapes containing flower heads and a shield. The Church has a Peace Window by renowned designer Tony Holloway who also worked on designed stained glass windows for Manchester Cathedral. 


September 2023
Pictorial Tour of Bygone Lincoln
Heritage Open Days Event

Illustrated Afternoon Talk presented by Chris Hewis 

Admission FREE – Donations Welcome 


Sunday 10 September, 2023
Nettleham: The Old School, Mill Hill, LN2 2PE
Join us for a nostalgic pictorial journey through Lincoln's past as we explore its iconic landmarks, historic streets and hidden gems. Victorian and Edwardian photographers recorded everything from Royal Visits to everyday events in the City. Using photographs from Saxilby History Group’s 'John Wilson Collection', see how much the City has changed in 100 years.  
Lincolnshire Portrayed - Historic Images of Lincolnshire

Heritage Open Days Event 

A display of images depicting aspects of the historic county of Lincolnshire including villages, buildings, people, transport, work, farming, churches and many more. The images range in date from the late nineteenth century to the present day. 

Admission FREE – no need to book                                     
Tuesday 12 September, 2023 to Sunday 17 September, 2023
10.30am - 3.30pm
Jews' Court, 2-3 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LS
250 Years of Lincoln Theatre Royal
Heritage Open Days Event 

Afternoon Talk presented by Neil R Wright

Admission FREE – Donations Welcome                                

Thursday 14 September, 2023
Lincoln: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
The New Theatre Royal In Lincoln is one of the most historic in Britain, with a fascinating story to tell. In 2018, it was about 250 years since a theatre was first built on this site, 150 years since it was named Theatre Royal and 125 years since the core of the current theatre was built. It is one of a small number of British theatres that can trace their history back to the 18th century. This talk will tell the fascinating story of this wonderful building.  
Tours of Jews' Court

Heritage Open Days Event

Guided Tours of this historic medieval building which is home to the Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology.

Admission FREE – Donations Welcome

Please book in advance or call 01522 521337

Friday 15 September, 2023 to Sunday 17 September, 2023
11:00, 12:00, 13:00, 14:00 & 15:00
Jews' Court, 2-3 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LS


October 2023
SLHA and CBA-EM Joint Archaeology Conference
Bookstalls and displays and information from Heritage organisations.
Registration and coffee from 9.45am
The talks will start at 10.15am and will include:


Exploring the landscape of Norton Disney Roman villa
Presented by Bob Garlant, Norton Disney History & Archaeology Group

Palimpsest and People: the story from Wellingore
Presented by Colin Palmer-Brown, PCAS

Tea and Coffee

Twentyfive years of recording metal-detector finds
What we have learnt and looking to the future
Presented by Prof. Michael Lewis, British Museum


New Anglo-Saxon Treasures from Lincolnshire
Presented by Lisa Brundle, Lincolnshire Finds Liasion Officer 

The Portable Antiquities Scheme in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire:
What we do and what's been found
Presented by Meghan King, Derbyshire/Nottinghamshire Finds Liasion Officer

Tea and Coffee

Cheekpieces and Chasing Lions: 
Further Puzzles from the Hallaton Helmet Assemblage
Helen Sharp, Archaeology Curator for Leicestershire CC Museums

400,000 years of (pre)history: 
Multi-period Artefacts from the Lincoln Eastern Bypass
Presented by Diana Fernandes, Network Archaeology

Concluding remarks. 

Close at 4.45pm
The total cost of the Conference including lunch and refreshments is £25.00 for SLHA &CBA-EM members & £30.00 for non-members. People paying the non-members rate are entitled to sign up on the day for a year’s free membership of the CBA East Midlands
The closing date for bookings is the 7th October 2023
Saturday 14 October, 2023
10.15am - 4.45pm
The Venue, Grantham Road, Navenby, Lincoln LN5 OJJ
Download booking form: 2023ArchaeologyConference.pdf
Navenby is conveniently located on the A607 road approximately 9 miles south of Lincoln and 
roughly the same distance northwest of Sleaford.

Free car-parking is available at the venue.
Katherine Willoughby, Duchess of Suffolk:
Lincolnshire’s Greatest Tudor Woman

Presented by Adrian Gray 

Admission £4.00. SLHA Members £3.00. Pay on the door or through Eventbrite 

Wednesday 18 October, 2023
St Hugh’s Hall, Monks Road, Lincoln LN2 5AQ
Willoughby’s extraordinary life was full of tragedy and adventure, in which she mixed at the highest levels of royal society and on several occasions came close to execution. Her life as one of the nation’s leading reformers brought her friendships amongst the greatest thinkers of her day, but also made her dangerous enemies. Fleeing England as a refugee, she ran Lithuania on behalf of the King of Poland. Her lasting legacy was the many Lincolnshire people who went to America in the 1630s. 


Adrian Gray is a well-known local author and speaker who has published around thirty books, the most recent one being on West Lindsey, and also runs the ‘Lincolnshire History’ Facebook group. He has a degree in history from Cambridge and also works with the Pilgrims & Prophets group to promote heritage tourism in Lincolnshire and north Nottinghamshire.” 
Crowland Abbey and Triangular Bridge Visit
The site of Croyland Abbey was a Benedictine monastery built where St Guthlac grounded his boat.   At the Dissolution parts were demolished, further sections fell into ruins but the impressive west front with its statue niches and a single awe-inspiring Norman arch survive. 

The parish church is within the north aisle nave of the abbey church, the interior a long-ribbed vault.  This is both a Scheduled Monument and a Grade I listed building.  Over 100 of the gravestones, table tombs and stone coffins in the graveyard are listed.  This is an utterly fascinating site and our visit will be led by David Searle a regular volunteer guide. 

Admission £9.50 including tea and coffee. Pre-booking essential

Thursday 19 October, 2023
Meet at Crowland Abbey, East St, Crowland PE6 OEN
There is ample car parking, toilets and a small museum on site.
Society Annual General Meeting
By Zoom
The AGM will be followed by a talk 'Stairway to Heaven: The Scala Celi Indulgence in Tudor Lincolnshire' Presented by Brian Hodgkinson 
Saturday 21 October, 2023
Dr Brian Hodgkinson will be talking about aspects relating to his award-winning article, published in Lincolnshire History & Archaeology. Brian’s article won the first prize awarded by the British Association for Local History (BALH) in their 2023 Publications: Long Article category.
In making the announcement of the award, Dr Alan Crosby, editor of BALH’s The Local Historian, commented that 'Brian has done an absolutely superb job, using very difficult medieval and early sixteenth-century sources, in putting together this little-known aspect of the strange world of indulgences in late medieval Catholic Church'. 

After early retirement as a bus and coach driver, BRIAN HODGKINSON became first an attendee at WEA classes and later graduated with a degree and MA from the University of Nottingham. In 2007 he undertook a PhD thesis entitled ‘Withering on the vine: the connectivity between the people of Lincolnshire and their monastic houses, 1500 to 1540’.


November 2023
Capturing Egyptian Treasures:
Tutankhamun and the Stamford Photographer, Harry Burton 
Talk by Zoom 

Presented by Dr Andrew Walker 

Admission by donation

Wednesday 01 November, 2023
This talk will explore the work of one of Britain’s foremost archaeological photographers, Stamford-born Harry Burton (1879-1940). In the talk, Harry’s journey to photographing the excavation of Tutankhamun from Stamford via Italy will be plotted. Along the way, attention will be paid to Harry’s modest background, his links to the Cust family, his work with New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and his time recording the Tutankhamun excavation alongside Egyptian workers, Harold Carter and Earl Carnarvon. Some consideration will also be given to the way in which Harry’s influential images prompted an outbreak of Egyptomania. The talk will also explore some of the contemporary controversies relating to the Tutankhamun excavation and the associated artefacts, which Harry Burton so attentively and expertly photographed. 

Dr Andrew Walker has a longstanding interest in the history of Lincolnshire, particularly in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Andrew was Vice Principal at Rose Bruford College between 2010 and 2020 and before that worked for many years at the University of Lincoln. He is currently Chair of the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology. 
Reinterpreting Tattershall Castle
Presented by Dr James Wright FSA, Buildings Archaeologist

Admission £4.00. SLHA Members £3.00. Pay on the door

Wednesday 15 November, 2023
EARLY START at 7.00pm
Lincoln: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ

Tattershall Castle in Lincolnshire is one of the earliest and most impressive brick structures surviving from late medieval England. Originally built in the thirteenth century, the site was magnificently redeveloped for Ralph Cromwell, Lord Treasurer of England, in the mid-fifteenth century.

A four-year research project, carried out by buildings archaeologist James Wright, has offered new insights into how the castle functioned. Furthermore, the date of construction for the great tower was discovered to be older than previously thought. This has had a significant impact on the place of Tattershall in English architectural history.

The project was a Collaborative Doctoral Award between the University of Nottingham and the National Trust. It was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

This talk will explore the background to this exciting research and subsequent findings of the project. 

Lincoln's Engineering History
Registration from 9.30am

Presentations will start at 10.00am and will include:

Welcome and Introduction

Commemorating Lincoln Engineering Society’s Centenary: It’s Origins and Early Years
Presented by Dr Andrew Walker

Lincoln Engineering – Why and How? Factors leading to the start of engineering in the City of Lincoln
Presented by Chris Page

Clayton and Shuttleworth:  how Phenomenal Success led to Failure
Presented by Rob Wheeler

The Engineering Heritage of Lincoln
Presented by Professor Heather Hughes

The Ruston in the Blue Lagoon
Presented by Andy Blow

A selection of Films depicting Engineering in Lincoln and associated industries both past and present

4.00pm Summary and Close 
The total cost of the day including lunch and refreshments is £25.00 for SLHA members and £30.00 for non-members.
If you wish to pay by card, please use the Eventbrite link
The closing date for bookings is the 10th November 2023 (Please note that refunds cannot be made after the closing date)
Saturday 18 November, 2023
10.00am - 4.00pm
Lincoln: Deans Building, Lincoln College Monks Road, LN2 5HQ
Download booking form: 2023EngineeringDay.pdf
Lincoln College is located on Monk’s Road approximately 15 minutes’ walk from Lincoln Railway Station and Bus Station.

Free car parking is available next to Knights Building which is on the opposite side of the road to Deans Building where the Conference will be held.

The room is on the 3rd Floor but a lift is available.


December 2023
Victorian Christmas Craft *** SOLD OUT ***

*** SOLD OUT ***

Led by Kathy Holland

Have fun using your creative skills to make a Victorian Christmas card, seasonal decoration and cracker, all inspired by nineteenth-century examples and imagery. Discover some intriguing stories about how the Victorians developed and introduced many of the traditions and customs, many of which we still enjoy today.

Thursday 07 December, 2023
10.00am - 12.30pm
Jews' Court, 2-3 Steep Hill, Lincoln LN2 1LS
Download booking form: 2023VictorianChristmasCraft.pdf
Midwinter festivities and traditions'
A seasonal afternoon of music, stories and song.
Join us for a light-hearted afternoon exploring the history of mid-winter festivities and traditions that include Christmas and the New Year, through music, stories and song. Discover some seasonal customs and traditions from Lincolnshire and beyond, some of which we still enjoy today.
Tom Lane, Nigel Creasey and Terri Clarke
Admission £7.50 to include coffee and a mince pie. Pre-booking essential

Sunday 17 December, 2023
The Old School, Nettleham LN2 2PE

January  2024

January 2024
Behind the Facade
Presented by Martin Smith
A look at the architecture of the former town of Folkingham and how what you see on the outside is not always the full story. 
Admission £4.00 SLHA Members £3.00 Pay on the door or book through Eventbrite

Wednesday 10 January, 2024
St Hugh’s Hall, Monks Road, Lincoln LN2 5AQ
Sunday Special
1. Uncovering the Story of early Gainsborough Leigh Brocklehurst
2. Highlights of the Lincoln Local List Richard Croft
3. Boston’s Overlooked Treasure- Construction of the Corporation Building Neil Wright
Admission £4.00. SLHA Members £3.00. Pay on the door. 

Sunday 21 January, 2024
The Old School, Nettleham LN2 2PE
Tour of the Lincolnshire County Council Museum Store *** SOLD OUT ***
*** SOLD OUT ***
Led by Dawn Heywood (Senior Collections Development Officer) and Rebecca Craven (Collections Development Officer). See behind the scenes where much of the County's archaeology collection is stored, find out how the archaeology gets from the field to the museum and discover other fascinating museum collections in store.


Monday 22 January, 2024
Lincolnshire Archives 2, St Rumbold's St, Lincoln LN2 5AB
Download booking form: 2023MuseumStore.pdf
Halls Barton Ropery at Barton-on-Humber
Talk by Zoom 
This intriguing building known as Halls Barton Ropery, dates back to 1801 although Ropemaking started on the site in 1767. This talk will explore the history of the Ropery from land purchase in 1801 to the present day, including its evolution into a popular Arts Venue known as The Ropewalk. 
Presented by Liz Bennet CEO of The Ropewalk 
Admission by donation

Wednesday 24 January, 2024

March  2024

March 2024
Sunday Special
1. Ruston Bucyrus Derek Broughton
2. Early Results from Excavations in Cammeringham Lisa Brundle
3. Samuel Forster of Grantham – John Manterfield
Admission £4.00. SLHA Members £3.00 – Pay on the door

Sunday 17 March, 2024
The Old School, Nettleham LN2 2PE

April  2024

April 2024
Purgatory: Heaven’s waiting room or the antechamber of Hell?
Presented by Brian Hodgkinson
According to Medieval Church doctrine, Purgatory was believed by Christians to be an intermediate state between Heaven and Hell, where souls were painfully cleansed of unconfessed sins and uncompleted penance prior to the Day of Judgement. To reduce this suffering, the performance of masses, along with acts of penance, pilgrimage, almsgiving and other ‘good works’ performed by the living, were thought to minimise the torments in the afterlife. In addition, relief in the form of indulgences became standard practice, especially in the later Medieval period, culminating in their abolition in England as part of the Reformation process. These features will be discussed, along with highlighting the Scala Celi (Ladder to Heaven) indulgence centred on Boston. 
Admission £4.00. SLHA Members £3.00. Pay on the door. 

Wednesday 17 April, 2024
St Hugh’s Hall, Monks Road, Lincoln LN2 5AQ