Founded in 1884 by Louth Naturalists',
Antiquarian and Literary Society
Registered Charity No. 1145436
A Local Independent Museum
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Louth Museum hosts and presents special events throughout the year so please keep checking this page for information about future events we have planned for the 2018 season.
|4th April to 9th June||Louth||Carol Hawthorne
In March 2016 the tiny village of Little Carlton, four miles east of Louth, hit the headlines in the national press. A local metal detectorist had discovered rare and unusual Anglo-Saxon treasures in a marshy field in the village.
The finds showed that people wrote (styli), butchered animals (bones), wove textiles (loom weights), sharpened implements (whetstones) and smelted metals (a hearth and melt fragments). There were hundreds of bronze and silver pins and many high-status items (fine glass, and metal styli) that suggest a very important, perhaps religious, centre. Rare seventh-century coinage (Sceattas) might indicate trading.
But why was such an important settlement sited in marshy ground? The modern techniques of magnetometry (which detects disturbances in subsurface soil structure) and LIDAR (pulsed light which measures ground surface variations very accurately) provided clues. Those techniques together with 3D modelling and digital simulation showed that an area of dry land (in fact an island) existed in that period. The site of the settlement could also be interpreted as a focal point of transport and communication in Lincolnshire connected to the outside world through water courses.
Little Carlton seems to be the site of an important seventh century trading and religious centre… but what was it and why was it here?
Through photos, illustrations and explanatory text, together with a special display of some of the artefacts found, the exhibition will try to answer some of these questions.
|20th June to 28th July||Louth|
Louth Museum is delighted to have secured the loan of 'Lincolnshire Voices from the Great War', an exhibition that has already proved a popular attraction at other county venues. It features the personal stories and experiences of Lincolnshire people both on the battlefield and the home front. It highlights the contribution that our county made to the war effort with the aviation industry (Lincoln was the largest aircraft building centre in the world) and the development and production of the first tanks; the changing roles of women; the care of the wounded, and much more. Material – photos, diaries and personal testimony – has been sourced from the Lincolnshire Archives, private collections and the Imperial War Museum.
|3rd August to 27th October||Louth||Alex Keyes|
In Ice and Stone: The Story of Stone Age Lincolnshire, Louth Museum takes you on a journey spanning half a million years of Lincolnshire's history.
Who were the first people of Lincolnshire? Where did they come from? How did they live? And did they think like us?
Beginning in the mysterious world of the upper Palaeolithic (circa 300,000 years ago) and ending in the late Neolithic (2500 BC), we travel forward through time, meeting some of county's earliest inhabitants through the objects they left behind.
Along the way you'll see the remains of some of the fearsome creatures they encountered, learn how people's lives were affected by ice ages, and discover whether you might have a little bit Neanderthal in you.
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