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

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Events Calendar


SLHA Events are now being arranged for 2021
Friday 01 January, 2021
Until it is possible to meet, lectures will be delivered by 'Zoom'

Raithby by Spilsby

Landscapes of Faith: Portrayals of Nineteenth Century Spirituality
Annual Brackenbury Lecture

Presented by Rev. David Leese, General Secretary of the Wesley Historical Society
Followed by Refreshments at Raithby Village Hall
No need to book - Admission by donation on the day. Everyone welcome - we look forward to meeting you. In the light of the Coronavirus situation, we hope this event will go ahead. In case of doubt, or if you have any queries please email revsusanwilkins@yahoo.co.uk or call 01507 522235.  
This annual event is supported by: Spilsby Methodist Church; Lincolnshire Methodist History Society; The Tennyson Society; and the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology
Saturday 21 August, 2021
RAITHBY: Raithby Chapel (by Spilsby), PE23 4DW
Revd David Leese

After a thirty year career in N.H.S acute hospital general management David served as a Methodist minister for 21 years, of which 16 of those were in Lincolnshire. With a passionate interest in local and Methodist history he is general secretary of the Wesley Historical Society, and secretary of the Society of Cirplanologists (a society that seeks to preserve and explore the historical contribution of Methodist circuit plans). He regularly contributes articles to society journals.
A founder member of the Methodist Heritage committee, he was formerly a trustee and volunteer guide of the Epworth Old Rectory, and since retiring to Derbyshire now  a volunteer at the Englesea Brook Chapel and Museum of Primitive Methodism, Nantwich. He remains fascinated by the interweaving of faith with poetry and art.

Out Of County

The following are events outside the County of Lincolnshire
The East Indies comes to Lincolnshire: the Story of Maidenwell Manor

SLHA Archaeology Talk by Zoom 

Presented by Naomi Field, Senior Archaeological Consultant, Prospect Archaeology Ltd, Lincoln.

Bookings are through Eventbrite.

This talk is FREE. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-east-indies-comes-to-lincolnshire-the-story-of-maidenwell-manor-tickets-135854718119

Please note: Bookings close at 16.00 hours on Saturday 30th January or when fully booked
Sunday 31 January, 2021
ZOOM: On-line lecture open to all

Naomi Field, Senior Archaeological Consultant, Prospect Archaeology Ltd, Lincoln.

What connection does a tiny hamlet in the Lincolnshire Wolds have with an Elizabethan buccaneer, the Skinners Livery Company of London and Basingstoke Corporation?  In 2019 a planning application was made for the demolition of the old farmhouse at Maidenwell and its replacement with a new one. A programme of documentary research, combined with archaeological and historic building investigations has  thrown light on the history of Maidenwell Manor and its farm.   

The Art Historian and the Chapter Clerk

Evening talk by Zoom - The Art Historian and the Chapter Clerk: the joys and sorrows of Ecclesiastical documentary evidence

Presented by Dr Lesley Milner

Bookings are through Eventbrite.

This talk is FREE. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-art-historian-and-the-chapter-clerk-tickets-136420327873

Please note: Bookings close at 16.00 hours on Tuesday 9th February or when fully booked

Wednesday 10 February, 2021
ZOOM: On-line lecture open to all

Documents relating to cathedrals and churches are of immense value and are relatively scarce compared with the written evidence available to historians of other periods. During the period of study for my PhD thesis Secret spaces: English sacristies, vestries and treasure rooms, 1066-1300 I became aware of the potential of the rich field of sources housed in the Lincolnshire Archives, St Rumbold Street, Lincoln, LN2 5AB. These are the Chapter Act Books of Lincoln cathedral beginning in 1306 and the Accounts of the Common Fund, beginning in 1304.

This paper will consist of three parts. The first will show how the recorded minutes of a chapter meeting held in 1324 provided proof of the original function of the cathedral’s thirteenth century annex (known as the Song School). The second will show how the same minutes raise questions about the date of St Hugh’s golden shrine. The third part will examine puzzling evidence about the Great Seal of the dean and chapter contained within an early fourteenth-century annual account of chapter expenditure and will discuss the twelfth-century matrix in terms of its replication into seals during the pre-Reformation period, together with its conservation and preservation during that period.

Dr Lesley Milner is an art and architectural historian specializing in the medieval period.

Joseph Banks - From Agrarian to Industrialist

Evening talk by Zoom

Presented by Paul Scott, Joseph Banks Society

Bookings are through Eventbrite. 

Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/joseph-banks-from-agrarian-to-industrialist-tickets-139105611629 

Please note ticket sales will close on 24th February at 12.00 noon 

Wednesday 24 February, 2021
ZOOM: On-line lecture open to all
It is well known that Joseph Banks became famous after accompanying Captain James Cook on the voyage to Tahiti, New Zealand and Australia on board HMS Endeavour, from 1768 to 1771. His contributions in the field of botany and in establishing the collections at Kew Gardens are also well documented, as is his influence on the creation of Australia as a British colony. However, Banks’ contribution to manufacturing and industry are overlooked, although in many ways they are as exciting as his three-year voyage in mainly uncharted waters. This talk explores the significant contribution made by Joseph Banks to the beginning of the Industrial age.
Britons and Anglo-Saxons in post-Roman Lincolnshire
Evening talk by Zoom - Britons and Anglo-Saxons in post-Roman Lincolnshire: Recent research and new perspectives
Presented by Dr Caitlin R Green FSA
Bookings are through Eventbrite - Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/britons-and-anglo-saxons-in-post-roman-lincolnshire-ad-400-650-tickets-142357612451

Please note bookings will close at 16.00 hours on 9th March
Wednesday 10 March, 2021
ZOOM: On-line lecture open to all

This talk considers a range of recent research on post-Roman Lincolnshire, covering topics such as Romano-British pottery in the fifth and sixth centuries, new finds and interpretations of post-Roman 'British' metalwork in the Lincoln region, place-names evidence for Anglo-Saxon pagan priests, and territories, central clusters & persistent places in the pre-Viking Lincolnshire landscape.


British post-Roman silver pennanular brooch terminal. Image courtesy of Kevin Leahy

Churches and Chapels in Victorian Grantham
Evening talk by Zoom
Presented by Dr John Manterfield
Admission £3.00. Please click on the link below to book a place and the link will be sent to you in due course. https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/churches-and-chapels-in-victorian-grantham-tickets-138947942035
Please note that bookings will close at 12.00 noon on Wednesday 31st March 

Wednesday 31 March, 2021
ZOOM: On-line lecture open to all
On 30 March 1851, 3227 people attended morning worship in Grantham. This was 30% of the population. More attended afternoon and evening services at St Wulfram's church, Methodist and other non-conformist and Roman Catholic churches and chapels. Throughout the Victorian era, religious worship was an important part of daily life and the building of new places of worship has left a legacy today. St Wulfram's itself was 'restored' by George Gilbert Scott between 1863 and 1870. 
How typical was the experience of Grantham in relation to other towns and communities within our county?

Time Travel for the Armchair Archaeologist - Toynton, Lincs in 1614
Evening Talk by Zoom - Time Travel for the Armchair Archaeologist - A Visit to Toynton, Lincs in 1614

Presented by Jenne Pape
Bookings are through Eventbrite. Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/time-travel-for-the-armchair-archaeologist-a-visit-to-toynton-in-1614-tickets-143997818351
Please note that bookings will close at 16.00 on Tuesday 13th April at 1600 hours.

Wednesday 14 April, 2021

Fieldwork feels a distant memory – especially buildings archaeology, in people’s homes.  But there is plenty we can do without leaving the comfort of our own sofa; armchair adventures which expand our knowledge and understanding.

Join Jenne for a time travelling visit to Toynton All Saints and St Peter, in the Lincolnshire countryside, as we explore the village in 1614.  King James is on the throne, the Gunpowder Plot is a vivid memory, and a group of religious radicals from Gainsborough will cross the Atlantic in a few years’ time.  But what is going on in a rural place like Toynton?  And how can we connect with the past from our living rooms, when we can’t get out and about? 

We will explore some of the online resources which are available to everyone for free, and learn just how much can be discovered without leaving the house!


Cottage in Toynton All Saints

Toynton All Saints from the Air

The 1217 Charter of the Forest and medieval Forest Law
Evening talk by Zoom

Presented by Dr Erik Grigg, Lecturer in History at Bishop Grossetestse University
Bookings are through Eventbrite. Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-1217-charter-of-the-forest-and-medieval-forest-law-tickets-149661073299

Please note that bookings will close at 12.00 hours on 28th April

Wednesday 28 April, 2021
A talk about medieval Forest Laws, the punishment for breaking the laws and how the Charter of the Forest made the whole system a lot less oppressive. The talk will give a Lincolnshire perspective on Forest Law.

The Fossdyke: Holocene and Historical Evolution of the Lincoln Corridor
Evening talk by Zoom

Presented by Jo Westlake, Lincoln University
Bookings are through Eventbrite. Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-fossdyke-holocene-and-historical-evolution-of-the-lincoln-corridor-tickets-152125961847
Please note that bookings will close at 12.00 hours on 12th May
Wednesday 12 May, 2021
The Fossdyke is the UK’s oldest navigation canal still in operation and is presumed to be Roman, though details of its origin are uncertain. The University of Lincoln research examined the unique landscape for canal building at the time of construction in a corridor between the rivers Trent and Witham. Sediment cores from channels of the ancient River Till were collected and data compared with evidence from satellite imagery, archaeological excavations, and historical information on floods, pools and wetlands along the canal’s route. The aim was to document the evolution of the ‘Lincoln Corridor’ and consider impacts of the findings on ‘re-wilding’ and flood risk in Lincoln.


Medieval Spalding and the Fenlands 1050-1550
Evening talk by Zoom 

Presented by Dr Michael Gilbert
Bookings are through Eventbrite. Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/medieval-spalding-and-the-fenlands-1050-1550-tickets-152146850325
Please note that bookings will close at 12.00 hours on 26th May.
Wednesday 26 May, 2021
By the end of the thirteenth century Spalding was a wealthy market town that had grown rich on the wool trade exported through the nearby Hanseatic hub at Boston.
Campbell and Bartley in their book on England on the Eve of the Black Death show that in 1330 the Lincolnshire Fens was one of the most prosperous regions in the country only comparable with London and the Cotswolds.
The town and its hinterland in Elloe were dominated by the Benedictine Priory who controlled many aspects of public life.
This talk looks at how the region was changed by the crisis of the fourteenth century with the power of the church declining and that of the new yeoman/merchant class growing.
Michael Gilbert studied at the Centre for English Local History at the University of Leicester with his thesis covering the Changing Landscape and Economy of Wisbech Hundred 1250-1550.
This talk builds on that work and on recent research using the archives held by Spalding Gentlemen’s Society.

Keeping our feet dry: A short history of Anglo-Dutch land drainage
Evening talk by Zoom - Keeping our feet dry: A short history of  Anglo-Dutch land drainage through engineering. 
Presented by Roger Backhouse 

Bookings are through Eventbrite. Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/keeping-our-feet-dry-a-short-history-of-anglo-dutch-drainage-tickets-152151135141 
Please note that bookings will close at 12.00 hours on 9th June

Wednesday 09 June, 2021

Roger Backhouse looks at the long history of land drainage by machine including:

  • how the English learned from advanced Dutch technology,
  • what is a polder and how to drain one
  • the biggest cylinder in the world in Europe’s most unusual steam engine
  • why a cast iron post is important
  • what happened to England’s largest lowland lake

The speaker will describe how the landscape was transformed by engineering  and how land drainage is now being rethought in the light of environmental concerns.

Roger Backhouse now lives in York and writes about engineering history and heritage for Model Engineer magazine.


Cruquius Engine - Image courtesy of Roger Backhouse


Roger Backhouse - Image courtesy of Mike Crisp




Made in Lincoln: Making Meaning of a Deindustrialised Landscape
Evening talk by Zoom - Made in Lincoln: Making Meaning of a Deindustrialised Landscape (A study of the Brayford Pool in Lincoln)
Presented by Dr Abigail Hunt, Associate Professor in Heritage and Identity, University of Lincoln.
Bookings are through Eventbrite. Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/made-in-lincoln-making-meaning-of-a-deindustrialised-landscape-tickets-158493429113?ref=estw
Wednesday 23 June, 2021


Many excellent histories of the Brayford Pool area of Lincoln have been produced by prestigious authors over the years. My forthcoming work, Abigail Hunt (2021)  Made in Lincoln… In Beyond Nostalgia, (Eds) Jarmillo, G.S. and Tomann, J, Oxford: Berghahn Books, does not try to replicate these works, but looks at the history of the area using Sense of Place as a framework. This talk will consider how people perceive the history of the area, why they perceive it in certain ways, and the impact of perception on their relationship with the landscape, by examining the current built environment around the Brayford Pool and the snippets of its history that are left in the landscape. 


Dr Abigail Hunt was born in Lincolnshire and apart from leaving to attend the University of Liverpool between 1995 and 1998 and to undertake a round-the-world trip between 1999 and 2000 has always resided in the county. She has degrees in Archaeology, Heritage Studies, Education, and History. She is an expert in Lincolnshire’s agricultural history, how the past is represented in written and object-based historical narratives, oral history, and the relationship between heritage, EDI, and identity. She has published several book chapters and articles on these topics since 2009. She is also interested in pedagogic areas such as the employability and study skills of undergraduates, assessment, and decolonising the curriculum. She has also published on these areas, most recently co-authoring Sally Everett et al (Nov 2020) The Tourism, Hospitality and Events Student's Guide to Study and Employability London: Sage. She is currently an Associate Professor of Heritage and Identity at the University of Lincoln, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Evansville, Co Editor of the Public History section of the Oral History Journal, Director of the Enabled Archaeology Foundation, and is in the developing her own heritage and education consultancy company.    

Charles Seely: Lincoln’s Forgotten Victorian Entrepreneur

Evening talk by Zoom (NOW 14TH JULY)

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

Bookings are through Eventbrite. Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/charles-seely-lincolns-forgotten-victorian-entrepreneur-tickets-160520451993

Wednesday 14 July, 2021

Charles Seely was born in 1803, the son of a Lincoln baker. He began a milling business in his home town before becoming a mine owner in Nottinghamshire & Derbyshire and owning a share in one of Lincoln’s major agricultural engineering companies. With the wealth created from these businesses he bought up land on the Isle of Wight and, at his death, was the largest landowner on the island. Seely was an MP for Lincoln for almost a quarter of a century, taking a particular interest in Admiralty expenditure. He began a political dynasty which continues to this day.

The Battle of Winceby and the making of Oliver Cromwell
Evening talk by Zoom ‘That famous fight and most glorious victory at Horncastle: The Battle of Winceby and the making of Oliver Cromwell’
Presented by Dr Jonathan Fitzgibbons, Senior Lecturer at the University of Lincoln
Bookings are through Eventbrite. Admission £3.00. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/that-famous-fight-and-most-glorious-victory-at-horncastle-tickets-156479270711
Wednesday 21 July, 2021

Arguably, the fate of Britain’s future hinged on the outcome of the bloody battle that took place at Winceby, near Horncastle, on 11 October 1643.

As this talk explains, not only did Winceby mark an important turning point in the English Civil War, but it also came close to witnessing the death of a man who went on to become one of the most infamous characters in British history: Oliver Cromwell.

The talk will also examine the impact of the battle on local memory and folklore from the seventeenth century down to the present day.

Dr Jon Fitzgibbons is Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at the University of Lincoln. He is author of the book Cromwell’s Head and a member of the SLHA Executive Committee. 


Woolsthorpe Manor and Isaac Newton
Evening talk by Zoom
Presented by Robert Iliffe, Professor of History of Science, Oxford 
Admission £4.00 (NB: Admission £3.00 for SLHA members when booking, please use the promotional code in the mailing). To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/woolsthorpe-manor-and-isaac-newton-tickets-163757478025
Wednesday 08 September, 2021

In this talk Professor Iliffe will look at Isaac Newton’s lifelong relationship with his childhood home.

Newton retained an ongoing interest in the Manor through local agents, and periodically he was able to return from Cambridge and London to manage the property (and his tenants).

He often referred to himself as a country boy, and the knowledge and skills he gained from his rural upbringing would provide significant foundations for his later work.

Above all, the Manor was the place where Newton's ingenuity flourished, whether as a boyhood site for making natural sundials out of the various walls in his house, or as a sanctuary from the plague where he did epoch-making work in optics, physics and mathematics.

Towards the end of his life, Newton viewed the house and its garden as an almost mystical setting for all the great discoveries of his annus mirabilis.

Robert Iliffe is Professor of History of Science at Oxford, co-director of the online Newton Project and Director of the online Newton Mint Papers Project.

He has written widely on Newton, and is the author of A Very Short introduction to Newton (Oxford 2007) and Priest of Nature: the Religious Worlds of Isaac Newton (Oxford 2017).

Food and Farming in Lincolnshire
2021 LINCOLNSHIRE HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - On-line exhibition for 2021 Heritage Open Days

Through wonderful archive images from the ‘John Wilson Collection’ discover the rich diversity of the story of food and farming in Lincolnshire. From traditional farming methods to the development of new machinery, Lincolnshire made a huge contribution to the production of foods of all kinds for the nation. Find out intriguing facts, enjoy a trip down memory lane and learn about traditions and Lincolnshire people and places in the past.
Friday 10 September, 2021 to Friday 24 September, 2021
Bygone Harvests – Superstitions, Traditions and Rituals
2021 LINCOLNSHIRE HERITAGE OPEN DAYS - Evening Talk by Zoom for 2021 Heritage Open Days

Presented by Maureen Sutton
Bookings through Eventbrite. Admission Free – Donations welcome. To book a place, please click on the link below and in due course you will receive the zoom details https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/bygone-harvests-superstitions-traditions-and-rituals-tickets-155620393787
Wednesday 15 September, 2021
Dr Dennis Mills (1931-2020): A Tribute
An online day conference to celebrate Dennis’s life and work.
Organised by the British Association for Local History, Lincoln Record Society, the Society for Lincolnshire History & Archaeology, and The Survey of Lincoln
Dr Dennis Mills’ research interests covered a wide variety of themes relating to the historical geography and local history of Lincolnshire and well beyond the county’s borders. In this one-day conference, a range of speakers, whose work has been directly influenced in various ways by that of Dennis, will present papers on subjects directly connected to his research interests and enthusiasms. The aim of the day is to honour the tremendous contribution made by Dennis in a remarkably long academic life comprising eight decades of publications.
More details regarding the event and how to register will be posted on the SLHA website by 15 September 2021, with full details in the next mailing. More information, if required, can be obtained from Andrew Walker – andrewwalker1163@gmail.com.
The conference will take place via Zoom.
Saturday 04 December, 2021
10.00am – 5.00pm
The conference programme*
Dr Kate Tiller Dr Dennis Mills: an overview of his life and work (Keynote address)
Dr Rob Wheeler J.S. Padley's Great Map of Lincoln: its conception, updating and afterlife
Dr Sarah Holland Communities in Contrast: Revisiting the 'open-close' parish debate - Doncaster's rural hinterland, 1830-1880
Dr Martin Watkinson Power and authority in English parishes, 1750-1850: reconceptualising the ‘closed’ parish model
Dr Shirley Brook ‘High farming is economy of labour and manure, and plenty of both’: the centrality of manure in the provision of buildings for improved farming in the nineteenth-century
Dr Andrew Jackson On the quest for Eldorado: Bernard Samuel Gilbert and the early twentieth-century agricultural scene in Lincolnshire
Dr Andrew Walker Interrogating the growth of a city: exploring Lincoln’s building applications database, 1866-1914
Dr Claire Hubbard-Hall In translation: Dennis Mills and the Joint Service School for Linguists
*The programme of speakers was correct at the time of going to press.
• Dr Kate Tiller, the keynote speaker, is Reader Emerita in Local History and a Founding Fellow of Kellogg College at the University of Oxford. Dr Tiller’s academic fields are British social and local history, with particular research interests in English rural change post-1750, and in religion and community in Britain since 1730. She was appointed OBE for services to local history in 2019.
• Dr Rob Wheeler was co-editor, with Dennis Mills, of Historic Town Plans of Lincoln, 1610-1920 (Lincoln Record Society, 2004). He has also edited Maps of the Witham Fens from the Thirteenth to the Nineteenth Centuries (Lincoln Record Society, 2008).
• Dr Sarah Holland is Assistant Professor at the University of Nottingham and is author of Communities in Contrast: Doncaster and Its Rural Hinterland, c.1830-1870 (2019), which engaged extensively with Dennis’s work on open-close villages.
• Dr Martin Watkinson is a former Honorary Visiting Fellow at the University of Leicester, where he undertook a doctorate in the Centre for English Local History. Martin worked in a variety of management roles at the Open University between 1976 and 2011.
• Dr Shirley Brook’s University of Hull PhD thesis is entitled ‘The building of high farming: Lincolnshire’s farm building,1840-1910’. Amongst many other roles, Shirley is co-co-ordinator of the Lincolnshire Archives Research Seminar series, which was initiated by Dennis. • Dr Andrew Jackson is an Historian and Geographer and is the Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange at Bishop Grosseteste University. Andrew’s current research interests include twentieth-century urban and rural change, and local and regional history.
• Dr Andrew Walker was Vice Principal of Rose Bruford College between 2010 and 2020. He is series editor of The Survey of Lincoln’s neighbourhood and thematic volumes, exploring the history of the city.
• Dr Claire Hubbard-Hall is Programme Leader in Military History and Postgraduate Study at Bishop Grosseteste University. She specialises in Second World Intelligence History with a particular focus on the intersecting histories of secret warfare and wartime society.

Special Conference Offer: Lincoln Connections: Aspects of City and County Since 1700. A tribute to Dennis Mills (2011), edited by Shirley Brook, Andrew Walker and Rob Wheeler, is available from the SLHA bookshop (booksales@slha.org.uk) at a greatly reduced price of £3.50 (£7.00 by post) - until the end of the year. This book presents nine well-researched and readable articles on local topics allied to the Dennis's interests. Details of authors and their contributions are set out on the Publications pages of this website.