Founded in 1884 by Louth Naturalists',
Antiquarian and Literary Society
Registered Charity No. 1145436
A Local Independent Museum
Quality Assured Visitor Attraction
The Town Gallery is about objects made or used in Louth and the people behind them.
Louth Museum has the largest national collection of the works of Victorian woodcarver and artist Thomas Wallis of Louth. The carvings range from incredibly detailed birds and foliage in limewood to oak furniture, a Punch and Judy cabinet and a gargoyle. There are replicas of the medals he won, pipe-clay models of birds, self-portraits, engravings and memorabilia.
Louth had Lincolnshire’s only carpet factory, established by Adam Eve in 1791, exporting to Europe and America. Surviving examples of the flat-weave reversible carpets on display, made on Jacquard looms, show a range of designs, and there is a piece of replica carpet to handle.
The illustrated book ‘Adam Eve and Louth Carpets and the story of Eve & Ranshaw Ltd’ is on sale in the Museum Gift shop.
The varied range of local bygones includes a printing shop, malting, weights and measures, costumes and accessories, domestic and commercial items, Louth crested china, a bier, hand tools, man traps, and a gruesome gibbet cage which once held the body of a local murderer.
Due to the success of our recent Malt Kiln Exhibition and the huge interest regarding the Malt Kiln model which formed part of it, we have decided to keep the model on permanent display in our Town Gallery.
It is a unique, highly detailed model (6-7’ in length by 2’ 6” high) of Louth’s now demolished Malt Kiln which was constructed by the late John Hardy, who had worked as the senior engineering manager at the Maltings until its closure in 1998 when John took retirement. John worked for many years on the model and it is correct in every detail, both in its interior and exterior, and gives an insight into the workings of the Malt Kiln.
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