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Viking Voyagers
Fun with history at Kirton in Lindsey

Enthusiastic visitors of all ages attended a Viking themed Family Workshop on Wednesday 26 October organised by Kathy Holland and hosted by the Kirton-in- Lindsey Society at the Town Hall.

The event included the opportunity to handle replica artefacts and discover how we can find out about the Vikings, the materials they used and their daily lives. Handling material included a selection of clay lamps, horn drinking vessels, coins, wood and bone utensils, a Thor's hammer pendant, decorative braid, a Lewis chess piece, an amber necklace, a spindle whorl and cowrie shells.

Craft activities included making a Thor's hammer pendant, considered a lucky charm by the Vikings, decorating a shield and using craft materials to create a model Viking ship. Younger visitors learnt about how the Vikings lit their homes and then used clay to make their own lamp.

The event was organised as part of the Past and Present project which celebrates 170 years of the Society and is supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund. 

October 2016

SLHA Awards for 2015
Presentation at 2016 AGM

The Flora Murray Awards for 2015 were announced at the Annual General Meeting of the Society in Epworth on 15 October.

The Flora Murray Award was given to The Lincolnshire Film Archive for their recently completed series of DVD compilations of historic film footage entitled Lincolnshire: A Century on Film. The citation also recognised the invaluable work of the LFA over a long period of time in rescuing, repairing and conserving - to the highest professional standard - old moving picture films about the county from both commercial and private sources. The long-serving Director of the Archive, Peter Ryde, was present to accept the award; he was accompanied by his colleague Steve White.

An Award for Excellence was received by Ian Cox on behalf of the Navenby Archaeology Group in recognition of the programme of excavation carried out in the High Dyke area of the village. Under the leadership of Allen Archaeology and with the active involvement of large numbers of local residents, NAG has identified structures and unearthed a wide range of objects from the Roman period, thus adding considerably to our knowledge of Roman activity in a rural area close to Lincoln and along the line of a former Roman road.

Peter Ryde and Steve White of the Lincolnshire Film Archive, flanked by Rod Ambler (SLHA President) and Neil Wright (SLHA Chairman)

Ian Cox (Navenby Archaeology Group) with his award

October 2016

SLHA Annual General Meeting
Report, Review and Resolution at Epworth

The Society's AGM was held in the meeting room at the Wesley Memorial Methodist Chapel in Epworth on Saturday 15 October. Dr Rod Ambler, President of SLHA, took the chair and about 40 members were in attendance.

The meeting approved the Society's general report for 2015 and the Treasurer's 2015/16 financial reports for both Lincolnshire Heritage and SLHA.

Officers elected for 2016/17 were as follows:
President: Rod Ambler
Chairman: Nigel Burn
Treasurer: Chris Hewis
Committee/Team Chairmen: Archaeology: Antony Lee; Building Recording: David Stocker; History of Lincolnshire: John Beckett; Industrial Archaeology: Chris Lester; Local History: Mark Acton; Publications: Ken Redmore
Additional members of Executive Committee: Ken Hollamby, Michael Jones, Eva Moore, Stewart Squires, David Start, Pearl Wheatley, Neil Wright, Harry Zeigler

Honorary Vice-Presidents: David N Robinson, Thora Wagstaffe, Pearl Wheatley, Catherine Wilson

The 2017 AGM will be held in Lincoln on Saturday 21 October.

October 2016

Boston's Grand Sluice
250th anniversary celebrated

Nearly 70 people gathered at the Grand Sluice on 10 October to witness the unveiling of the interpretive panel to mark the 250th anniversary of the opening of the sluice (on 3 October 1766).

This was an SLHA initiative which inspired Boston Borough Council, Lincolnshire County Council, the Environment Agency, the History of Boston Project, the Institution of Civil Engineers, Witham East Placecheck Group, the Canal & River Trust and the Internal Drainage Boards to get together to mark this important anniversary with historical material provided by SLHA.

The Grand Sluice heralded a new era of prosperity for Boston and Lincoln as it provided for reliable navigation between the two, in addition to allowing the drainage of large tracts of land and the prevention of flooding. Boston became the largest town in Lincolnshire and the first to experience urban growth and industrialisation.

Following the unveiling ceremony on the quay performed by the Lord Lieutenant, the party boarded the MV Boston Belle for a short trip through the lock and down the R Witham as far as the docks before returning in time for a buffet lunch.

Thanks are due to Neil Wright and Barry Barton for their initiative.

Interpretive panel unveiled

Principal guests: Matt Huddleston (ICE),
Barry Barton (ICE & SLHA),
Cllr Richards Austin (Boston Borough)
Neil Wright (Chairman, SLHA)
Kyle Clough (Vice-President, ICE)

October 2016

On Sunday 10 July a small group of SLHA members visited Papplewick Pumping Station in Nottinghamshire where the fine pumping engines were working under full steam.

There was much to interest and admire in the buildings and machinery around the site and the visit to the adjoining vaulted underground reservoir was memorable. The presence of a group of Steam Punk enthusiasts added colour to an enjoyable time at Papplewick.

The afternoon ended with a brief visit to a foundry at Burntstump Hill, Arnold, where Mark Sutton demonstrated the casting process for small items in brass, aluminium and cast iron.

Thanks to Colin East for arranging an excellent out-county day

Foundry at Burntstump Hill

Papplewick Pumping Station

Papplewick underground reservoir

July 2016

Blue Plaque for Rex Russell
Lincolnshire local historian honoured

Rex Russell, who died in December 2014, has been honoured by the Barton-upon-Humber Civic Society. A blue plaque has been recently been mounted on the front of Rex's former home in Priestgate.

Rex, a stalwart of SLHA, was an outstanding local historian and a highly regarded teacher, especially in Barton and north Lincolnshire.

Left: Rex Russell's former home, 11 Priestgate, Barton-upon-Humber

Above: the blue plaque

March 2016

Lincolnshire Anniversaries: 2016
Births, deaths, openings and special events

*Queen Elizabeth's School Alford founded

*The Epworth Rectory (home of John Wesley) was regularly plagued by mysterious loud noises and knockings, apparently caused by a ghost nicknamed 'Old Jeffrey', who made his presence known to all on Christmas Day 1716.

*The Grand Sluice at Boston officially opened (15 October)

*Henry Winn, poet, writer and long serving (70+ years) parish clerk of Fulletby, was born 23 January
*Drury's History of Lincolnshire published
*St Paul's church Carrington, architect Jeptha Pacey, completed
*Charles Chaplin MP of Blankney, sheriff of Lincolnshire, died 28 August
*St Peter's church at Thornton le Fen (or Wildmore), designed by Jeptha Pacey, opened

*George Heneage, 2nd Lord Heneage (of Hainton) born 3 July

* St Lawrence's Church, Skellingthorpe destroyed by fire, leaving only four walls and the square tower (2 April).
* During the Battle of the Somme, the British launched a major offensive against the Germans, employing tanks (designed and made in Lincoln) for the first time in history (15 September).
* Zeppelin LZ61 attacked Cleethorpes, dropping several bombs on the town, one of which landed on the Alexandra Road Baptist Chapel and killed 31 soldiers of the 3rd Battalion the Manchester Regiment, who were billeted there (1 April)
* John Cunningham (1897-1941), born in Swains Yard off Manley Street, Scunthorpe, was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallant action at the Battle of the Somme on 13 November 1916. Cunningham was 19 years old, and a private in the 12th (Service) Battalion, (the Hull Sportsmen's Pals battalion), The East Yorkshire Regiment.
* The airfield at Royal Air Force Waddington opened as a flying training station in November 1916
* RAF Cranwell, which had begun as The Royal Naval Air Service Central Training Establishment, commonly known as HMS Daedalus, was commissioned 1 April
*King George V opened the Keadby lifting bridge over the Trent (21 May)
*The first enemy aircraft to be shot down by a Ruston built aircraft (1 October)

*Lincolnshire won the Minor Counties Cricket Championship
*Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust set up the Protected Roadside Verge Scheme in the county, the first in Britain
*Lincoln Pop Festival held at Sincil Bank, Lincoln City FC ground (30 May). Performers included The Who and The Kinks; the MCs were Keith Fordyce and Jimmy Saville
*Floods paralysed farm work in many parts of north Lincolnshire during February
*HM Queen attended the Horse Trials at Burghley Park
*The British motor vessel Anzio I wrecked off Donna Nook, with the loss of thirteen lives (2 April)
*Mrs Violet van der Elst, of Harlaxton Manor, national campaigner against the death penalty, died 30 April
*The first edition of "Lincolnshire History and Archaeology", the SLHA annual journal, published in December

January 2016