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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 2015

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 2015 season.

Celebrating 500 years of St James’ Church Spire - Ended

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16th September to 31st October 2015 Louth Museum Museum Volunteers

Louth Museum proudly presents an exhibition dedicated to the 500th anniversary of the completion of the magnificent Spire of St James’ Church in Louth. The Parish Church of Louth stands in one of the most beautiful spots in Lincolnshire at the gateway to the lovely Wolds and visitors see the Spire as they cross the Wolds to reach Louth.

Indeed, Sir Charles Anderson wrote in his Lincoln Pocket Guide:

“Louth – its great feature is the Church of St James the spired tower of which, for simplicity, strength, symmetrical proportion and tasteful decoration, yields to none in England …”Find out more

Louth Museum Open Library - Ended

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Friday 11th September 2015* 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). 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. Booking essential via susan.pearcey@yahoo.co.uk tel: 01507 605825 (please leave a message). As we will be holding several exhibitions at Louth Museum throughout our 2015 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.

*Please note: Friday 11th September Open Library event forms part of the Heritage Open Day scheme. Entry to our library is free, however, normal museum entry charges will apply is you wish to look around the museum. A chance to research your family history or local history using the resources in Louth Museum, and with the help of our staff. Explore our library and browse our computer database. Numbers are limited so booking is essential. Either Email LouthMuseum@btconnect.com or phone 01507 601 211 (can leave message on answerphone).

Heritage Open Days 2015 - Free Entry to Louth Museum - Ended

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Saturday 12th September 2015 Louth Museum Museum Volunteers

Come and explore Louth’s connection to the Tudor era by joining one of our informal guided tours to view items all around 500 years old.

Discover the beautiful bedcover of Sir John Bolle of Thorpe Hall, learn about its romantic history and the enduring story of the Green Lady of Louth.

See pictures of historic St James’ Church and discover why the Louth Vicar of Louth was hanged after the Lincolnshire Rising that attempted to challenge King Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries

And for the first time, Louth Museum’s newly-discovered vellum manuscript signed and sealed by Queen Elizabeth I (regarding land owned by the Duke of Norfolk) will be on show to the public, the parchment recently having undergone restoration.

Just turn up at the Museum during our normal opening hours - no booking required. The tours will last approximately 20 minutes and you are welcome to browse the rest of the Museum afterwards.

Louth Museum is run entirely by a team of unpaid dedicated volunteers. The costs of running our museum are substantial and as we do not receive public funding, if you enjoy your tour, a donation would be very much appreciated.

Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Exhibition - Ended

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10th June to 15th August 2015 Louth Museum Museum Volunteers and Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Volunteers

The role that the railways played in the history of Louth will be the theme of an exhibition which the Lincolnshire Wolds Railway Society is hosting at Louth Museum in the summer.Find out more

A Roman soldier comes to Louth Museum - Ended

What was life like for a Roman soldier sent to Britain almost 2000 years ago? Now’s your chance to find out, thanks to the Louth Museum working with The Roman Military Research Society.

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26th and 27th August 2015 Louth Museum Centurion Mestrius
aka David Marsden (or is it?)

On August 26 and 27 the Museum invites parents and their children to come along and meet Centurion Mestrius, a soldier with the Imperial Roman Army which occupied Britain for almost 400 years from AD43.

Mestrius will give a fascinating insight into his military experience, describing life as a soldier and explaining his dress, his weapons and other equipment and the battle tactics used by the powerful Roman army in their conquering exploits across Europe.

There will be opportunities for the kids to share and discuss a Centurion’s experiences and in doing so bring to life a key period in Britain’s rich history – one included in the National Curriculum.

This latest initiative by the Museum will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, August 26th and 27th, at Louth Museum, 4 Broadbank, Louth, LN11 0EQ.

It is particularly recommended for children aged between 7 and 13. The programme begins at 11am sharp with a talk by Centurion Mestrius lasting an hour. Bookings are essential – telephone 01507 601211 between 10 am and 4 pm Wednesday to Saturday. A £3 per child fee will apply.

*The Roman Military Research Society is a UK-based group of history enthusiasts who research and perform practical experiments to re-create Roman military and civil life. For more information go to www.romanarmy.net - in real life ‘Centurion Mestrius’ is Society member David Marsden.

Book Launch at Louth Museum - Ended

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11am 8th May 2015 Louth Museum William Woolhouse

Come and hear William Woolhouse speak about his new book:
'Recollections of a Lincolnshire Railway Enthusiast'

William Woolhouse has been a rail enthusiast all of his life, and, at the age of 89, he has decided to put his lifetime of memories into a book - his first ever! His love-affair began with all things locomotive when he saw his first train aged just 2½ years old. This started his life-long obsession with trains, he has organised countless trips for fellow rail enthusiasts and his home is packed with railway memorabilia.

‘Recollections of a Lincolnshire Railway Enthusiast’ was written by William with the help of his good friend Steve Mansfield in order to recall the heyday of Lincolnshire’s railways. As well as memories and recollections, the book includes many photographs from the 1950s and 1960s.

Come along to Louth Museum on Friday 8th May at 11.00 am and meet William. Discover his encyclopaedic knowledge of local trains and railways - 'it's in my blood!' as William puts it. You will be able to purchase a copy of his book which costs £5.99 and William will be signing copies on the day. No entry fee payable for the book launch, however, normal museum entry charges apply if you wish to look around the museum and Louth Navigation Trust exhibition.

Louth Navigation Trust Exhibition - Ended

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6th May to 30th May 2015 Louth Museum Museum Volunteers and Louth Navigation Trust Volunteers

This exhibition will be a celebration of industrial heritage and civil engineering; we will look at the construction of the navigation by John Grundy in 1770; the association with the Nell family from the 1700’s to the twentieth century and major lease holders in the 19th century.Find out more

The Malt Kiln Exhibition - Ended

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1st April to 25th April 2015 Louth Museum Museum Volunteers

The Malt Kiln Exhibition at Louth Museum is a celebration in photographic form of when the Maltings was rebuilt after the Second World War and also of its heyday as one of the world’s largest Malt Kilns. The Exhibition will include a unique, highly detailed, model of the Malt Kiln which was constructed by the late John Hardy.Find out more


Our past Special Events

Special Events (2014)
Special Events (2013)
Special Events (2012)

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