Our ‘Victory in the Kitchen & Garden’ Museum
Our New little Exhibition – October 2017 onwards
Our little exhibition here at the Manor House Stables has now changed! We are working on a new theme and that is the Homefront during both the First and the Second World Wars. At present we are concentrating on the role that Lincolnshire played in the Second World War with relation to The Land Army. We have tied this in to other Homefront issues such as the way people lived during these years including what they cooked and ate and what they grew in their gardens. Courses will tie in with this with the launch of our ‘Victory in the Kitchen and Garden’ Courses – please watch this space!
We plan to open our doors on ‘Discover Lincolnshire Weekend’ on the 24th and 25th March 2018 for a full Exhibition called ‘Victory in the Kitchen & Garden’ where you can have a look at our collection of books and artefacts showing life ‘at home’ during the WW2. We will also be launching our new series of courses based on Home front cooking, baking and gardening – please watch this space!
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
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 – 17th & 18th 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.