Local Heroes & Heroines in the two World Wars
New Exhibition – opening on St George’s Day, Saturday 19th May 2018
The year 2018 marks the centenary of the formation of the Royal Air Force. Lincolnshire has always been an important county for the RAF and it played a key role throughout both World Wars.
From the 1st April, which marks the actual day when the RAF was formed, there will be commemorations throughout Lincolnshire and these are described in more detail on the Lots to See in Lincolnshire page.
For our part we are also having a an exhibition in our little museum from the 19th May through to September called Local Heroes and Heroines in the two World Wars. We have been researching stories of local heroes who served in the RAF, but we have also looked at the heroines who worked on the land and those who cared for the sick and wounded. Their tales will be told along with artefacts to bring the stories to life.
We have also continued to research the remaining names of the lads listed on Martin and Timberland War Memorials and will have their stories told for all to see so we can remember the sacrifices they made.
Our past Exhibition – Victory in the Kitchen
The theme in 2017 and 2018 has been the Home Front during Second World War in particular with relation to The Women’s Land Army. We have tied this in to other Home Front issues such as the way people lived during these years including what they cooked and ate and what they grew in their gardens. Several courses were run entitled ‘Cooking with Carrots & other Wartime Recipes’.
Discover Lincolnshire Weekend – 25th & 26th March 2018 – As part of Discover Lincolnshire Weekend, we opened our doors to all on our special themed ‘Victory in the Kitchen’ day. It was a free event with many goodies baked using original WW2 recipes which were there for everyone to try out. There was a good turn out and many were very interested in our small exhibition about the role of the Land Army girls in Lincolnshire in the Second World War and what it was like living and cooking during this time. Samples included Woolton Pie, Beetroot pudding, Carrot buns, Eggless Fruit Loaf, the National Loaf, Potato Bread and Carrot & Apple jam plus more!
Our Local History Museum is housed in one of the ground floor rooms in our stable block located in the old part originally used for stabling the horses. The room is full of character with original mangers, hayracks, stall partitions, timber beamed ceilings, brick floors and lime-washed walls and is very atmospheric
Our past exhibitions – the Great War
2014 – 2016 – our little Museum was first opened featuring a wonderful Exhibition of the Great War. On display were uniforms, memorabilia, old postcards, medals and even a poppy from the Tower of London! There was also a small display on the local Scopwick VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospital. Also on display was the information already obtained on the men who died and are commemorated on the war memorials in Martin, Martin Dales and Timberland. This is still part of the exhibition space as it is an on-going research project and we hope to gain much more information about those who lived locally who were involved in the Great War. Although we have carried out extensive research in the local newspapers of the time, there are some names on the memorials for which we have found no information at all. Any information about the local lads who are commemorated on the Martin and Timberland War Memorials is welcome from anyone who may know more about them. We see this exhibition as a way of getting the community involved in discovering more about their local history, but also for those who are researching the history of their ancestors.
Our last Open Day was on Sunday 24th July, 10am to 4pm. Background to new exhibition – A visit we made to Orkney at the beginning of June to see the ‘Poppies: Weeping Window’ at St. Magnus Cathedral in Kirkwall also included a visit to the Naval Museum at Lyness on Hoy and the Kitchener’s Memorial off Marwick Bay. We are now planning a new display called ‘Remembering those who lost their lives at Sea – 1916’ . This will concentrate on the Lincolnshire lads who lost their lives at the Battle of Jutland which took place on 31st May 1916 and the sinking of the H.M.S. Hampshire off the coast of Orkney on the 5th June 1916. 737 men lost their lives in this one incident, including Field Marshal Lord Kitchener and 10 young men from Lincolnshire.
This exhibit was also on show at the Heckington Show on the 30th and 31st July.
The Museum is a small exhibition space which is open to visitors by appointment or during Special Events. Our phone numbers to book visits or to reserve a space on the evening talks are 01526 378717 (Sherry). Guests staying in the accommodation – you are lucky as you can have a look round whenever you wish! Just have a word with us when you arrive and we can set a time when you can have a look around. And if you’re on a course, you can have a look around too – when you arrive, during breaks or after the course.
Special Events at the Museum 2018
Discover Lincolnshire Weekend – We will be opening our doors on Sunday 25th March 2018
Events are free, but donations are gratefully accepted. Refreshments will be on sale during these events. For more information please phone Sherry on 01526 378717.