Our Great War Museum
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.
May 2016 – We are so excited that Lincoln Castle will be hosting ‘Poppies: Wave’, a sweeping arch of red poppies which were initially part of the ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ at the Tower of London in 2014. The exhibition will remain at Lincoln Castle to mark the centenary of the First World War from the 28th May to the 4th September – please see the Visit Lincoln website for more details. As part of this event, Michael Credland has moved some of our exhibition to Lincoln Castle which can be seen in the Victorian Prison. And I have now become a volunteer at the Castle to help visitors enjoy their visit to view the poppies.
You can also see Michael’s RAF memorabilia is at Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre.
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. It currently features an excellent Exhibition of the Great War. On display are uniforms, memorabilia, old postcards, medals and even a poppy from the Tower of London! There is also a small display on the local Scopwick VAD (Voluntary Aid Detachment) hospital and we will soon be adding stories about some of the nurses who worked there. Also on display is the information already obtained on the men who died and are commemorated on the war memorials in Martin, Martin Dales and Timberland. This museum is essentially 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. .
The Museum 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) or 01526 378466 (Michael). 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. Our little Great War museum at the Manor House Stables was open on Saturday and Sunday 12th and 13th March 2016 and it was a great success! Michael Credland (author of ‘The First World War Memorials of Lincolnshire’) was there both days answering questions about the exhibition and helping people who had brought along their relatives’ stories and Great War artefacts. I served up plum bread and drinks which were enjoyed by all! It was also open on Saturday 21st May 2016. Sherry served up Trench cake and tea and Michael Credland spent the day talking to individuals about his wonderful collection
Special Events at the Museum 2016
These 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 or Michael on 01526 378466.