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SLHA Business Plan Development
Society members take time to consider the future

At an afternoon session in Heighington on 7 July SLHA members considered the current performance of the society and the ways in which it might develop and improve.

A wide range of useful suggestions were made which will be considered for implementation in the near future.

We are grateful to Kate Mitchell for her professional leadership of the workshop - a pleasant and productive event.

July 2012business plan, future

Changes to SLHA Website
Important to note new site address

As part of the continuing development of the Society website the web address "" was discontinued in favour of

Unfortunately the old address still exists on some literature and use of the address does launch the correct website at the moment but this cannot continue indefinitely so please check that you have the correct ( address stored in your browser.

E-mails addressed to "" are rejected. Please use the address

July 2012website address

SLHA Annual General Meeting
A successful year reported; new officers elected

The SLHA 2012 AGM was held at Stamford Arts Centre on Saturday 16 June. Mick Jones, SLHA President, welcomed over 50 members to the meeting.

SLHA Chairman, Stewart Squires, presented the annual report and drew attention to the large number and variety of society activities held over the past year. He also commended the society's involvement in Heritage Open Days and similar festivals, as well as the work of individuals in speaking to the media on behalf of the society. A copy of the illustrated Annual Report can be viewed here.

Officers appointed for 2012/2013 were:

  • Dr Mick Jones (President)
  • Stewart Squires (Chairman)
  • Chris Lester (Vice-Chairman)
  • Chris Hewis (Treasurer)
  • Revd John Wilford (Chairman, Archaeology)
  • Prof John Beckett (Chairman, History of Lincolnshire)
  • Brenda Webster (Chairman, Local History)
  • Stewart Squires (Chairman, Industrial Archaeology)
  • Ken Redmore (Chairman, Publications)
  • Prof David Stocker, Neil Wright (Executive Committee Members)
Stewart Squires, SLHA Chairman 2012-13
Stewart Squires
SLHA Chairman, 2012 - 2013

June 2012AGM, Stamford,

SLHA Awards 2011
Honours for projects at Pickworth and Saxilby, and a book about Sempringham

The Society's special awards were announced at the AGM on 16 June.

The Flora Murray Award for 2011 was presented to the Pickworth Local History Group in recognition of their excellent work in publishing books about the village and its school and in creating an informative website. Norman Whiting received the award on behalf of the group. See the Pickworth Village Website.

Awards of Excellence were made to History of Saxilby & District Group for the well-constructed village trail they had devised, and to Dr Katharine Sykes for her book Inventing Sempringham about the Gilbertine order, founded in Lincolnshire. Read more about History of Saxilby and District Group and Katharine Sykes.

SLHA Award winners for 2011
Mick Jones (left)
& Stewart Squires (right)
with award winners Norman Whiting
and Jane Hewis

June 2012Awards, Pickworth, Saxilby, Sempringham, Katherine Sykes, Flora Murray

Jubilee Picnic at Burghley House
SLHA members at event attended by the Queen

The Society was proud to be represented at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Picnic at Burghley House on Wednesday 13 June along with representatives of other leading organisations in the county.


Photograph (left to right):
Chris Lester, Dolores De Barros, Jan Callow, Rod Callow, Julie Squires, Stewart Squires
SLHA representatives at Jubilee Picnic, Burghley House, Stamford

June 2012Diamond Jubilee, Burghley House

The Decline of Stamford Bull Running
Account of local custom wins prestigious national prize

The winner of the 2012 Undergraduate Dissertation prize awarded by the Royal Historical Society in association with the magazine History Today is Richard Lowe-Lauri of the University of Durham.

His study on the famous bull-running in Stamford was considered by the judges "a remarkable review of the historiography of an increasing compassion for animals, set within a wider debate over changing leisure patterns and the decline of traditional sports in a rapidly industrialising Britain".

An extract from the dissertation will appear in a future edition of History Today.



April 2012Stamford, bull running, Royal Histyorical Association prize, Richard Lowe-Lauri

Dennis And Joan Mills
Long-standing SLHA members recently made Life Members of the Society

Long-standing SLHA members, Dennis and Joan Mills, have recently been made Life Members of the Society in recognition of their outstanding contribution.

Through their research and publications, as well as their advice and willingness to share their experience, they are inspirational members of the Society.

In March 2011 SLHA published Lincoln Connections: Aspects of City and County since 1700 as a tribute to Dennis on his eightieth birthday.

Details of the book

January 2012Dennis, Joan, Mills,