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Founded in 1884 by Louth Naturalists',
Antiquarian and Literary Society
Registered Charity No. 1145436

A Local Independent Museum
Nationally Accredited
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Special Events 2014

Louth Museum hosts and presents special events throughout the year.

Louth Museum Open Library - Ended

Date Place Contributor
*Friday 12th September 2014
**Friday 17th October 2014
Friday 14th November 2014
Friday 12th December 2014
Louth Museum Museum Volunteers

Virtually all of our extensive collection of books, many on local history and several dating back to the 1600's, will be available at these supervised sessions 10am to 12 midday. Admission £2 (LNALS members £1).

* Please note: Friday 12th September Open Library event forms part of the Heritage Open Day scheme. There will be no charge for the library event, however if you wish to look around the museum as well, then our normal museum entry charges apply.

** Please note: Friday 17th October Open Library event forms part of the Wolds Words Festival and our normal charges apply.

Booking essential via tel: 01507 605825 (please leave a message).

As we will be holding several exhibitions at Louth Museum throughout our 2014 season, the opportunity to hold regular Open Library days during the summer is limited, but if you would like to visit our library to undertake research other than on our published dates then please contact Susan.

Louth Bypass Photographic Exhibition - Ended

Date Place Contributor
Wednesday 8 October 2014
Saturday 1 November 2014
Louth Museum Ray Storr/Museum Volunteers

The story of how Louth Bypass was built, in more than 100 fascinating images.

Ray Storr has put this exhibition together from his collection of photographs of the construction process from its beginning in 1990 to the opening ceremony in August.

Ray is a keen amateur photographer and was given access to all stages of the construction of the bypass by Clugstons. This record of the men (and 2 women) and machines involved in the biggest civil engineering project in the area will bring back many memories. The story shows people, landscaping and the changes that the bypass brought to Louth. The bypass had been discussed for many years – there is a letter in the museum, dating from the Second World War, hoping for ‘proposals for the improvement of the town after peace has been declared’. . . ‘a bypass road has been suggested for through traffic’.

Louth was asked for its views on a bypass in 1979 in a pamphlet with a graphic view of the traffic congestion between Upgate and Mercer Row! The planning process eventually began in January 1987, with a public enquiry which ran for 2 weeks at the end of November 1987. The orders for the new road were dated September 1988. When the road was opened in August 1991 it was well ahead the scheduled date of ‘Spring 1992’ advertised on the Department of Transport posters.

World War I Commemoration - Ended

Date Place Contributor
Sunday 14th September 2014 Louth Museum Museum Volunteers

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of World War I, Louth Museum will be running short tours of Museum focussing on World War I and life in Louth in the early 20th Century.

The tour will include letters written in Passchendaele by a soldier from Carlton. Visitors will then be welcome to browse around the museum in their own time following the tours.

Tours begin at 1.00 pm and end at 4.00 pm. Free entry to this event.

Cadwell Park 80th Anniversary Exhibition - Ended

Date Place Contributor
Wednesday 16th July 2014
Saturday 6th September 2014
Louth Museum Museum Volunteers

Louth Museum – where else you can see a boneshaker and a superbike!

Louth Museum proudly presents an exhibition celebrating the 80th Anniversary of Cadwell Park race track.

Local racing legend Neil Tuxworth will open the exhibition at 10.00 a.m. on Wednesday July 16th.

Visitors to the Cadwell Park exhibition at Louth Museum will have the rare opportunity to view unique photographs, silverware, programmes and other memorabilia about this legendary local racing venue. You can follow the history of Cadwell Park through the decades, from the early beginnings of the Louth & District Motorcycle club, the development of the track, the racing stars and spills through to today’s superbikes!

Cadwell Park race track is set amongst the rolling hills of the beautiful Lincolnshire Wolds and it was built by Charles Wilkinson the son of the land’s first owner Mansfield Wilkinson. Mansfield Wilkinson had originally purchased the land in 1926 because he had intended to use it for shooting, however, his son Charles persuaded Mansfield to allow him to run a motorcycle meeting on the land in 1934 and so the first racing track was built. The racing circuit has been developed over the years into the world renowned racing track that it has become today. Cadwell Park’s undulating, swooping racing track which winds through open park and woodland marks it out as one of this country’s most picturesque and spectacular race tracks providing demanding racing which proves irresistible to both drivers and riders alike.

Cadwell Park memorabilia wanted!

Do you have any memorabilia or memories about Cadwell Park which you would like to share with us as part of our exhibition - then we would be happy to hear from you?

Exhibition entry will be included in the normal admission charge.

The Combine Farming Heritage Exhibition - Ended

Date Place Contributor
Wednesday 7th May 2014
Saturday 14th June 2014
Louth Museum Junction Arts/Museum Volunteers

Farming has had a significant influence on the history of Lincolnshire. There is evidence of farming in the county dating back as far as prehistoric times and by the time the Romans had settled here it was well established.

In more modern times farming still plays a big part in Lincolnshire life and it has evolved over centuries in order to respond to demand and technological advances.

As mechanisation was introduced in the nineteenth century yields improved. Encouraged by the success of the steam tractor, Lincolnshire became one of the main producers of agricultural machinery with companies like Fosters, Hornsby, Marshall and Clayton and Shuttleworth becoming famous both nationally and across the world.

Mechanisation continues to play an important part in the development of farming. Henry Smith farms Home Farm in Withcall. In 1946 when Henry took over, the farm was 1,200 acres and employed 20 men. Now, at 3,250 acres, it has more than doubled in size but has only 2 hired workers, clearly illustrating the impact of mechanisation and new technologies.

The local landscape meant it has always been well suited to arable farming and during WWII the county saw 2000 young women join the Women’s Land Army. Lincolnshire is still known as being a key food producer and now a quarter of the countries vegetables are grown in the county as well as cereals, sugar beet, bulbs and flowers.

This exhibition is part of Junction Arts farming heritage programme.

Exhibition entry will be included in the normal admission charge.

The Louth Museum Book Sale - Ended

Date Place Contributor
Saturday 22nd March 2014
Sunday 23rd March 2014
Louth Museum Museum Volunteers

Louth Museum will be open over the weekend of Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March where you will find many top quality second-hand and new books will be on sale. From travel to nature, history to science, politics to baking and much, much more – there will be titles to satisfy almost every interest imaginable.

It will be a golden opportunity to find the perfect gift for someone special – you! So, treat yourself to a pleasant browse amongst the many titles on offer and bag a bargain or two at the same time!

The sale starts each day at 10.00 am and goes on until 4.00 pm.

Mrs Cuppleditch’s Hats - Ended

Date Place Contributor
Wednesday 2nd April 2014
Saturday 26th April 2014
Louth Museum Museum Volunteers

This exhibition consists of a large selection of hats which were worn by Mrs Mary Cuppleditch on civic occasions when her husband George was Mayor of Louth from 1978 to 1979.

Did Mary say to her husband George, when he told her he was going to be Mayor, that she couldn't possibly be seen in the same hat at every event they attended?

Mrs Cuppleditch’s hats are a fascinating glimpse into fashion history. They form part of a collection of hats which Louth museum has. Mary’s hats range from summer straws to winter furs, some with high-end designer labels, while others are the sort that many women would have worn at the time. Most of the hats were supplied to Mrs Cuppleditch by ‘The Hat Box’ on Upgate in Louth, a shop now sadly gone.

This exhibition is a wonderful chance to see a selection of Mrs Cuppleditch’s hats which were donated by her family to Louth Museum. This exhibition will be of great interest to anyone interested in vintage fashion and fashion students.

Exhibition entry will be included in the normal admission charge.


Our past Special Events

Special Events (2013)
Special Events (2012)

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