Months with Events
About Events

Events are open to all and prior booking is not necessary except where indicated.

Unless charges are advertised, events are FREE to SLHA members; non-members will be charged £3.00.

Details of all events are obtainable from SLHA.

Speakers Offered

Names and contact details of speakers are available from the SLHA Office.

Speakers Wanted
Additions to our database of speakers are welcomed - please let us have details of topics, contact information and fees.


Events Calendar


January 2016
Building Stones of Lincolnshire

Talk by Dr Steve Parry
British Geological Survey

SLHA Members free admission
Non-members £3.00

Everyone welcome

Wednesday 20 January, 2016
7.30 p.m.
LINCOLN, St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
Twenty Five Years of 'Heritage Lincolnshire'
Talk by Liz Bates, Director of the Heritage Trust of LIncolnshire
Thursday 21 January, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, NG34 7SH
Sunday Special: 3 Short Talks

Law and Order in the Archives - Dr Mike Rogers
Some Historic Buildings at Aubourn - Jenne Pape
Castle Carlton - Dr Duncan Wright

SLHA Members free admission
Non-members £3.00

Everyone welcome

Sunday 24 January, 2016
2.30 p.m.
LINCOLN: Jews' Court, Steep Hill, LN2 1LS


February 2016
Romans Rule!

Half term Family Event
arranged by SLHA and Kirton in Lindsey Society

Enjoy crafts and ‘hands-on’ activities with a Roman theme
* Paint your own mini fresco
* Create sparkly Roman style jewellery
* Use clay to make a mini mortaria
* Decorate a Roman dagger and scabbard
Find out about Kirton’s Roman connections and see real and replica artefacts

£1.00 charge for each activity
No need to book, just drop in
Children MUST be accompanied

Wednesday 17 February, 2016
10.00am to 12.20pm
KIRTON LINDSEY: Diamond Jubilee Hall, DN21 4LZ
Lincolnshire Branch Railway Lines

The Louth-Bardney, Horncastle-Woodhall Junction and Firsby-Spilsby lines

Illustrated talk by Alf Ludlam

SLHA Members free admission
Non-members £3.00

Everyone welcome

Wednesday 17 February, 2016
7.30 p.m.
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
Burial with Bling
Talk by Michael Turland
Thursday 18 February, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, Market Place, NG34 7SH


March 2016
Sunday Special: 3 short talks

Thompson and Son, Millwrights of Alford - Jon Sass
The Grantham Hall Book - Dr John Manterfield
The Lower Walled City of Lincoln - Dr Mick Jones

SLHA Members free admission
Non-members £3.00

Everyone welcome

Sunday 13 March, 2016
2.30 p.m.
LINCOLN: Jews' Court, Steep Hill, LN2 1LS
Dressing the Roman Dead

Talk by Dr J P Wild

SLHA Members free admission
Non-members £3.00

Everyone welcome

Wednesday 16 March, 2016
7.30 p.m.
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
Some Vanished Churches of Lincolnshire

Talk by Revd David Boutle

Thursday 17 March, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, NG34 7SH
The History of the Ukulele
A presentation - with music - by The Ukulele Band
Friday 18 March, 2016
7.30 p.m.
SPALDING: St John's, Church Lounge, PE11 3FJ
Aspects of Invasion in the East Midlands

A programme of talks from experienced speakers (including Julian Richards)

Also the annual meeting of CBA East Midlands

An open event

Admission: £19.00, including buffet; £12.00 with no buffet

Further details and booking contact:
Liz East 01522 810029

Saturday 19 March, 2016
10.00am to 4.30pm
NAVENBY: The Venue, Grantham Road, LN5 0JJ
Vernacular Architecture Group Conference

The VAG Spring 2016 Conference
Organised and hosted by SLHA

Open to VAG members
(Membership of VAG open to all)

Further details and VASG membership enquiries to:
Ken Hollamby

Tuesday 29 March, 2016 to Saturday 02 April, 2016


April 2016
Animal Magic

An Easter Holiday Family Craft Event

* Model an animal in clay
* Decorate a butterfly bangle
* Paint a plaque with a Lincolnshire Longwool Sheep, Curly Coat Pig, Lincolnshire Buff Hen, Shire Horse, or Lincoln Red Cow, and
* Create your own mask

Admission is FREE; activities cost £1 each
No need to book, just drop in
Children MUST be accompanied

Part of the 'Past and Present' Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Friday 01 April, 2016
10.00am to 12.00pm
MARKET RASEN, Market Rasen Library, Mill Lane, LN8 3BP
The Lister Sisters

Talk by Dr Anna Marie Roos

SLHA Members free admission
Non-members £3.00

Everyone welcome

Wednesday 13 April, 2016
7.30 p.m.
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
Researching Life and Death in a Lincolnshire Village

Talk by Marion Ellis

Using information from wills and inventories

Thursday 21 April, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, NG34 7SH
RAF Stenigot

A pioneering World War II Radar Station

Talk by Chris Lester

Friday 22 April, 2016
7.30 p.m.
SPALDING: St John's, Church Lounge, PE11 3FJ
New Members' Day

An informal meeting to introduce new SLHA members to the society - what it does and what it can offer.

Further details from:
Nigel Burn 

Sunday 24 April, 2016
LINCOLN: Jews' Court, Steep Hill, LN2 1LS


May 2016
Chairs made in Lincolnshire

Talk by William Sergeant
with examples of chairs made in Grantham and Caistor

SLHA Members free admission
Non-members £3.00

Everyone welcome

Wednesday 18 May, 2016
7.30 p.m.
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ

William Sergeant is recognised as the country's leading authority on Lincolnshire chairs.

He has been collecting them for many years and this has led him to pick out design features from separate workshops. More recently his research has discovered new makers from the 18th century and he spreads this knowledge by talks to interested groups.

Later this year he is curating and exhibiting the largest gathering of Lincolnshire chairs at Belton House in September. He is a member of the Regional Furniture Society.

Illustration: One of a pair of rush-bottomed chairs purchased in Horncastle, possibly made in Spilsby and left over from a group of a carver and six side chairs.

Medieval Soldiers in Lincolnshire
Thursday 19 May, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, Market Place, NG34 7SH
Railways and Radar

A walk led by Stewart Squires and Chris Lester
- part of the 2016 Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival

A moderate walk of 7 miles (approx. 3.5 hours) with one steep hill.

Hear about the railway through Donington, Stenigot and its church and Stenigot Radar Station.

Admission if FREE but donations to SLHA will be invited.

No need to book. If required contact Stewart Squires for further information (01673 863030)

Saturday 21 May, 2016
12.30pm start
Law and Order

A Day Conference arranged by the Local History Team

Charter of the Forest - Erik Grigg
Grantham's First Lady Constable - John Manterfield
Another Look at the Lincolnshire Rising - Peter Leonard
The Local Constabulary - Brian Davey
1202 Eyre at Lincoln Castle - Nigel Burn
Caring in Lincoln Castle - Bob Kershaw

Further details, including booking arrangements, to follow

Saturday 21 May, 2016
9.30am top 4.45pm
GRANTHAM: Grantham Museum, St Peter's Hill, NG31 6PY
Download booking form: Law-and-Order-Conference-2016.pdf
Claxby Mines Site Visit

A visit arranged jointly by SLHA and the Viking Centre, Claxby
as part of the 2016 Lincolnshire Wolds Walking Festival
Leader: Stewart Squires

Admission if FREE, but donations will be invited

Pre-booking is essential; call 01673 863030 or email

Tuesday 24 May, 2016
CLAXBY: Viking Centre, Claxby, Market Rasen, LN8 3RY
Lincolnshire Coast and Rivers

Pollution Control, Charting and Navigation

A talk given by Douglas Hern

Friday 27 May, 2016
SPALDING: St John's Church Lounge, PE11 3FJ
The Louth Flood Walk

Leader and Guide: Jean Howard

An easy walk following the course of the deluge that claimed 23 lives as it swept along the river valley and nearby streets.

Admission £3.00 donation to SLHA

Pre-booking essential with Jean Howard 01507 604717

Sunday 29 May, 2016
LOUTH: Starting point given when booking


June 2016

Half Term Family Event

Enjoy hands-on craft activities inspired by ‘treasures’ of Lincolnshire
* Make a jewelled pendant
* Craft a mini- medieval face-pot in clay
* Decorate an illuminated scroll
* Create a ‘gilded’ Saxon brooch
* Decorate your own little ‘treasure box
* Enter our story writing competition and tell us what you think happened when King John supposedly lost the crown jewels in the Wash!

Admission FREE with £1.00 charge for each activity
No need to book – just drop in
Children MUST be accompanied

Part of the ‘Past and Present’ Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Wednesday 01 June, 2016
10.00am to 12.30pm
Archaeology Detectives

Half Term Family Event - with craft activities

Admission FREE - with £1.00 charge for each activity
Children MUST be accompanied

Part of the 'Past and 'Present' project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Friday 03 June, 2016
10.00am to 12.00pm
MARKET RASEN: Library, Mill Road, LN8 3BP
Wall Painting in Roman Britain

Presented by Professor Roger Ling

SLHA Members free - non-members £3.00

Wednesday 15 June, 2016
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
Non-Anglican Churches in Sleaford
The Les Gostick Memorial Walk
led by Mike Turland
Thursday 16 June, 2016
SLEAFORD: Start from Sainsbury's car park, 'nine foot' end
SLHA Picnic : Sutterby and Langton

This relaxing day in the Wolds will include:
* A talk on Sutterby Church and deserted village
* A visit to Langton Church and Deserted Medieval Village
* A tractor tour of the local area
* A walk around Sutterby to see the church and DMV

Booking is essential. Contact the SLHA Office after 3 May

Sunday 19 June, 2016
Slides of Burghley House Roof
A presentation by Dave Pendry
Friday 24 June, 2016
7.30 pm
SPALDING: St John's Church Lounge, PE11 3FJ


July 2016
Festival of Archaeology

Further details will be posted soon

Saturday 09 July, 2016 to Sunday 24 July, 2016
Tennyson and the Spirit of Place

The Annual Brackenbury Lecture
- an annual talk arranged sequentially by SLHA, the Tennyson Society and the Lincolnshire Methodist History Society

Speaker: Professor Valerie Purton

Tea (sandwiches, cakes etc) will be served in nearby Spilsby Methodist Church after the lecture

Saturday 09 July, 2016
RAITHBY: Raithby Methodist Church, Spilsby, PE23 3BP

Professor Valerie Purton

Valerie read English at Newnham College, Cambridge, where she was an Exhibitioner, and then spent several years travelling and teaching, first in Ghana, West Africa, and then in Canada, where she taught at the Universities of Alberta and Saskatchewan. She also worked in local radio in Canada, presenting her own radio talk slot. Upon returning to England she worked at an immigrant teaching scheme in Nottingham while gaining a Distinction in the University of Nottingham's PGCE programme.

She taught in schools and with the Open University and then designed and ran the English Honours Degree Pathway at City College, Norwich, under the auspices of what was then Anglia Polytechnic University. Valerie was appointed to a full-time post at Anglia Ruskin University in 2006, promoted to Reader in 2008 and then to Professor in 2012.

Valerie's principal research interests are in the Victorian period and in the works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson and Charles Dickens. She is a member of the Executive Committee and the Publications Board of the International Tennyson Society and succeeded Dr Robert Douglas-Fairhurst of Magdalen College Oxford as Editor of the Tennyson Research Bulletin in 2011.

In 2009 she produced a celebratory bicentenary CD of readings of Tennyson's poetry by such figures as Sir John Mortimer, Lord Healey, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, the then Poet Laureate Andrew Motion and Lynn Truss, which has sold worldwide.

Raithby Chapel

This is the oldest Methodist chapel in Lincolnshire. Robert Carr Brackenbury, the squire of Raithby and friend and fellow worker of John Wesley, built this chapel over his stables at Raithby Hall. It was opened by Wesley in July 1779. It now belongs to the present owner of Raithby Hall. The Georgian interior has been preserved.

Visit to Papplewick Pumping Station and Newstead Abbey

Further details will be posted soon

Sunday 10 July, 2016
Study Visit to the Isle of Man

Further details will be posted soon

Saturday 16 July, 2016 to Wednesday 20 July, 2016
Magna Carta - Lincolnshire Connections
28th Annual W H Hosford Memorial Lecture
presented by Nigel Burn
Thursday 21 July, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, Market Place, NG34 7SH
The History of Sound
Presentation by Bob Weston
Friday 22 July, 2016
7.30 pm
SPALDING: St John's Church Lounge, PE11 3FJ
Funny Faces!

Holiday Event

Have fun making a clay gargoyle, a Green Man mask and a portrait pendant’ inspired by images from Lincolnshire.

Free Admission £1.00 charge for each activity

Children MUST be accompanied

No need to book – just drop in

Part of the ‘Past and Present Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Monday 25 July, 2016
10.00am to 12.00 noon
LINCOLN: St Mary’s Guildhall, 385 Lower High St, LN5 7SF
Ice Age!

Holiday Event

Craft activities with an Ice Age theme.
Make a mammoth or a sabre toothed tiger from clay, create a fossil style necklace, and a feather headdress and find out about Lincolnshire in the Ice Age

Free Admission - £1.00 charge for each activity

No need to book – just drop in

Children MUST be accompanied

Part of the ‘Past and Present Project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund

Friday 29 July, 2016
10.00am to 12 noon
MARKET RASEN: Market Rasen Library, Mill Road LN8 3BP


September 2016
Heritage Open Days

Natural Lincolnshire is the theme of this year's festival. Full details can be found on

Events arranged by SLHA include the following:

Baumber Brickyard
Visit a restored brick kiln and learn how bricks were made in the Lincolnshire countryside in Victorian times.
Venue: Lakeside Fishery, Lincoln Road, Baumber, LN9 5NW
Date: Sunday 11 September, 11.00 to 15.30 (visit any time)

Boston: Grand Houses on the Riverbank
This walk will explore both banks of the river Witham, which was a 'natural' setting for fine houses built in Boston in Georgian times.
Venue: Ingram Memorial Statue, Market Place, Boston
Date: Saturday 10 September, 10.00 am start, 12.00 finish

Boston: Grand Houses along the Maud Foster
This walk will follow the ribbon of desirable houses that were built in Georgian times in this location on the eastern edge of Boston.
Venue: Bargate Bridge, east end of Wide Bargate, Boston
Date: Saturday 10 September, 14.00 start, 16.00 finish

Sleaford Eastgate Almhouses Chapel
Visit the building and hear a talk on its history
Venue: Eastgate Almhouses Chapel, NG34 7SH
Date: Saturday 10 September, 10.00 to 12.00; talk at 11.00am

Nature in St Denys's Church, Sleaford
With an experienced guide, discover images of nature both inside and outside this fine church
Venue: St Denys's Church, Sleaford, NG34 7SH
Date: Saturday 10 September, 14.00 to 15.30 (visit any time)

Sleaford Enclosure of the late 18th Century
A guided walk to explore the changes - new fields, hedges, drains, farm buildings - and the role of the landowners.
Venue: Sleaford Market Place, NG34 7SH (start and finish)
Date: Sunday 11 September, 10.00 start, 12.00 finish

A History of Sleaford Pubs
A walking tour will visit the sites of many pubs, with special emphasis on names linked to nature
Venue: Sleaford Museum, Southgate, NG34 7RQ (start and finish)
Date: Sunday 11 September, 16.00 start, 17.30 finish

Thursday 08 September, 2016 to Sunday 11 September, 2016
Treading the Boards

Story of the Georgian Theatre in Lincolnshire - the buildings and the actors

A talk by Neil Wright

Thursday 15 September, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, Market Place, NG34 7SH
Rural Settlement


Topics and Speakers will include:

Occupation and Organisation of Settlement in Lincolnshire c.3500-150 BC  Dr Peter Chowne
T'other side of the river – Britons and Romans in the Territory of the Parisi - Dr Peter Halkon
Recent fieldwork at Roman Sites on the Central Lincolnshire Wolds - Dr Steve Willis
Middle Saxon settlement - Dr Duncan Wright
Recent Research and Excavations at the Middle Saxon Site at Little Carlton - Dr Hugh Willmott
Reconstructing the Impact of the Black Death from Test-Pits - Professor Carenza Lewis

The Rector's Gift: Integrating Church Development and Village Landscape at Car Colston and Elsewhere - Professor David Stocker

Saturday 17 September, 2016
9.30 am TO 4.30 pm
LINCOLN: Bishop Grosseteste University, LN1 3DY
Download booking form: 09.16.Archaeology.Day.pdf

The Speakers

Peter Chowne, former Senior Lecturer at the University of Greenwich, is an archaeologist with over 40 years’ experience working in public and non-profit archaeological organisations, museums, and universities. He has designed and worked on archaeological, heritage management and museum projects in Europe, North Africa and West Asia. Peter is a Research Associate at the University of York and an independent archaeological researcher and heritage management consultant.

Peter Halkon established the part-time BA Hons in Archaeology at Hull University and the BA Hons in History and Archaeology within the History Department. Since 1980 he has been co-directing a landscape archaeology project focused on the Foulness Valley, East Yorkshire, "The Valley of the First Iron Masters" with Professor Martin Millett (University of Cambridge). He has also, with others, surveyed the site of a Roman Temple near Millington in East Yorkshire, and has an interest in computer based Virtual Landscapes.

Steve Willis, of the University of Kent, specialises in the archaeology of the Iron Age and Roman periods,and has expertise in settlement archaeology, landscape studies and ceramics. He grew up on the chalk downland of Sussex which may explain why he has been attracted tostudy the Wolds of Lincolnshire for what is now approaching twenty years. In 2013 he publisheda monograph on the Roman Roadside settlementstraddling the Caistor High St (B1225) at Nettleton and Rothwell, also revealing its complex prehistoric origins as a focus for ritual and burial.

Duncan Wright is Senior Lecturer in Archaeology at Bishop Grosseteste University, Lincoln, specialising in interdisciplinary studies of settlement, landscape and conflict. His work typically integrates documentary and topographic sources with archaeological evidence to reconstruct the evolution of sites and landscapes during the medieval period in particular. Duncan’s early medieval interests focus on the development of kingship, and the changing role of metalworkers detectable through the study of elite settlement complexes.

Hugh Wilmott is Senior Lecturer in European Historical Archaeology at the University of Sheffield. His research interests lie in the medieval and early modern periods in Europe, and the archaeology of monasticism in particular. Currently, he is primarily focused upon exploring the archaeology of the Dissolution of the Monasteries in England, although other aspects of his work include the examination of early medieval industrial processes and the evolution of monastic settlement in Lincolnshire.

Carenza Lewis is Professor for the Public Understanding of Research in the College of Arts at the University of Lincoln. She combines research and teaching in archaeology, history and heritage with public outreach, with particular interests in medieval rural settlement, demography and landscape; public and community archaeology; heritage; medieval history; and childhood in the past.

David Stocker spent eight years working for archaeology and heritage trusts in York and Lincolnshire before moving to the newly founded English Heritage. After five years casework and ten years working on designation policy there, he became part of a team investigating the interrelationships between heritage and the new world of community planning. He took early retirement from English Heritage in 2012 and now holds a Visiting Professorship at the University ofLeeds.

The Papers

Recent fieldwork at Roman Sites on the Central Lincolnshire Wolds - Dr Steve Willis

This paper focuses on recent findings resulting from excavation and survey at sites of the Roman period in the Waithe valleythrough the Lincolnshire Wolds. The Wolds have beenlittle studied archaeologicallybut new examinationis revealing their importance in the past. The work has been undertaken through an on-going partnership between the North-East Lincs Archaeology and Local History Society, the University of Kent and local volunteers, combiningresearch and training and involving a wide spectrum of people. Two sites in particular will be discussed together with their broader context within Lincolnshire and beyond, in Roman times. The first is the late Roman site at Hatcliffe, which was thriving right till the end of the Roman era, while the second is ahigh status site near Binbrook with a formal layout and strong 'economic pull', as seen in the finds. Classical architecture, religious curse tablets and the importation of coal are aspects of the freshly emerging picture. A theme of the paper is that this part of Lincolnshire was a thriving, vibrant and integrated component of the Roman Empire.

The Rector's Gift: Integrating Church Development and Village Landscape at Car Colston and Elsewhere - Professor David Stocker

This paper has its origins in research done by Paul Everson and David Stocker on the church and village of Car Colston, Notts, for the Joint annual conferences of the Society for Church Archaeology and the Medieval Settlement Research Group, held at Leicester in 2015. At Car Colston, a link is proposed between the exceptional architectural features found at the church, and the unusual plan-form taken by the medieval settlement. Having established the likely sequence of events, and the relationship between the reconstruction of the chancel to the pattern of development in the village plan-form, we then proceed to identify a number of other cases for the same developments at Heckington and Great Hale (Lincolnshire) and at Wharram Percy (Yorkshire, East Riding). The paper suggests that observation in fields of study that are often thought of as distinct, such as the architectural and documentary history of churches and the plan forms of medieval settlements, can sometimes cast important light on understandings in related fields.

T'other side of the river – Britons and Romans in the Territory of the Parisi - Dr Peter Halkon

This contribution will consider the extent to which the Parisi, who according to Ptolemy occupied the north bank of the Humber, possess a distinct tribal identity, from their roots in the Iron Age Arras Culture, famous for its chariot burials, to the end of the Roman period.
Reference will also be made to the growing evidence for the possible influence from the south bank of the Humber in the form of coinage and pottery in the later Iron Age and the extent of continued connections.

Landscape Inhabitation in South Lincolnshire during the 2nd and 1st millennia BC

Rural settlements are usually associated with agriculture and have constructed facilities such as roads, enclosures, field systems, boundary banks and ditches and conglomerations of dwellings.
In historic times these might be defined as villages, hamlets or farms and can be recognised through extant remains, historic maps and place names.
Understanding prehistoric settlement is difficult particularly in an agricultural county with few visible prehistoric remains.
In Lincolnshire our evidence for human activity in prehistory derives largely from surface scatters of occupation debris and cropmarks visible on aerial photographs sometimes supplemented by excavation.
The paper will present a brief overview of landscape occupation in early prehistory before focussing on the later Bronze Age and Iron Age through a case study of the fen margin between the River Slea and River Welland.

Restructuring the Impact of the Black Death from Test-Pits - Professor Carenza Lewis

This lecture will present and contextualise the results of archaeological test pit excavation carried in two communities in Lincolnshire in the last year, extending a ten-year programme in East Anglia which has been very successful in reconstructing the development of historic settlements and measuring the impact of major events such as the Black Death.  The Lincolnshire results will thus be given added value by being compared with patterns from elsewhere.
Professor Lewis will outline the different aims of the two projects, present their results, and consider the potential for similar work to be carried out more extensively across the county in the future.

Annual Memorial Lecture

(Formerly the Annual Leach Lecture)

Lincoln's Last Catholic Bishop
presented by Rev John Wilford

Tuesday 20 September, 2016
SAXILBY: Village Hall, High Street, LN1 2HA
Stories from Stones

Engraved gems from Roman Britain

Presented by Dr Ian Marshman

Wednesday 21 September, 2016
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road

Despite their small size, engraved gemstones provide a microcosm of the Roman world. In this illustrated talk, Dr Marshman will discuss his research on the gems unearthed in Roman Britain, and share some of the fascinating insights these objects can give us on the lives, loves, and beliefs of ancient wearers.


October 2016
Book Launch

Treading the Boards - Actors and Theatres in Georgian Lincolnshire
a book by Neil Wright

A talk by the author followed by
formal LAUNCH of the book

The afternoon will be concluded by tea

Admission to the event is FREE but booking should be made at SLHA Office (01522 521337)

Coach travel to and from Stamford via Sleaford has been arranged from Lincoln. Depart Unity Square at 12.15, cost £10. Book at SLHA Office (01522 521337)

Saturday 01 October, 2016
STAMFORD: Stamford Arts Centre, St Mary's St, PE9 2DL

There was a golden age of theatres and acting in Lincolnshire between 1730 and 1850. This book, the first to cover the topic, tells the hidden story of drama in the county and adjacent towns during the rollicking Georgian era. It shows how theatre flourished and actors made a living in Lincolnshire without needing to go elsewhere. It describes their lives, their successes and failures, the pleasures and hardships of a life on the circuit.

In this period Lincolnshire and neighbouring counties had more theatres than at any time before or since. Robertson’s main company, one of the largest, was based in Lincoln and travelled round the county bringing the excitement of live theatre to local towns as well as Newark, Peterborough and other places close by. Smaller towns were also visited by other companies. They made a great impact on their audiences, and the best actors went on to star in London and America.

Concert for Brian Dawson

This concert is tribute to the highly acclaimed Lincolnshire folk musician Brian Dawson, who died in 2013.

Contributions from
* John Connolly
* Bill Whaley and Dave Fletcher
* The Bell Apple Boys
* Tom Lane and Friends

Admission  £5.00 - please book in advance

Friday 14 October, 2016
WASHINGBOROUGH: Community Hall, Fen Road, LN4 1AB
Download booking form: 10.16-Brian-Dawson-concert.pdf

The death of Lincolnshire traditional singer and song collector Brian Dawson in 2013 was a great loss to the folk community of the county. Brian went about his business in a quiet reserved manner, one which hid his solid determinatilon to collect, conserve and disseminate the folk songs of the 'Yellerbellies'.  Brian's talents were nationally recognised and he was booked at festivals the length and breadth of Britain.

SLHA is arranging this concert as a tribute to Brian, who was the voice of the county. Through him the songs of old Lincolnshire and the characters within came alive.

SLHA Annual General Meeting

The 2016 AGM will be held at the Wesley Memorial Methodist Hall in Epworth

There will be opportunities during the day of seeing the attractions of Epworth, including those with Wesley connections

09.45  Coach departs Unity Square, Lincoln (prior pick up in Sleaford)
10.45  Tea and coffee, and visits to adjoining Wesley Memorial Church
11.30  AGM and presentation of Flora Murray Award
12.45  Buffet Lunch
14.00  Talk in St Andrew's Parish Church (or independent visit to Old Rectory)
14.30  Informal walk around Wesley Trail
15.30  Tea/coffee in Wesley Memorial Hall
16.00  Event closes, coach departs
17.00  Coach arrives Unity Square, Lincoln

Please BOOK using attached form

Saturday 15 October, 2016
10.45am to 4.00pm
EPWORTH: Wesley Memorial Methodist Hall, High Street, DN9 1EP
Download booking form: 10.16-AGM.pdf
The 1301 Parliament

A talk by Dr Nicholas Bennett

FREE to SLHA Members
Non-members pay £3.00 at the door

Wednesday 19 October, 2016
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road
One-Name Studies in Family History

An illustrated talk by Anne Cole (Lincolnshire Family History Society)

Thursday 20 October, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, Market Place, NG34 7SH


November 2016
From Ploughshares to Swords

Lincoln's Industrial Contribution to World War I

The East Midlands Archaeology Conference 91
Arranged and hosted by SLHA

0830  Setting-up bookstalls and displays
0900  REGISTRATION and coffee
0940  Lincoln’s Industries Leading up to 1914 - Peter Robinson
1030  Refreshment break
1055  Lincoln’s Industries in the Great War - Peter Robinson
1135  Great War Tank DevelopmentRichard Pullen
1220  EMIAC Business Meeting
1240  LUNCH and Bookstalls
1340  Aircraft Made in Lincoln - Charles Parker
1425  Women Munitions Workers - Neil Wright
1445  The Tank Memorial - Richard Pullen
1500  Films
1600  Tea and Close of Conference

Saturday 12 November, 2016
9.00 am to 4.00 pm
LINCOLN: Christ's Hospital School, Wragby Road, LIncoln, LN2 4PN
Download booking form: 11.16.EMIAC.91.pdf
Ploughshares into Swords

The Contribution of Lincoln’s Manufacturing Companies to the Great War

The Great War had a huge impact on Lincoln’s engineering companies and they quickly turned to the manufacture of a diverse range of military equipment and munitions for the armed forces. The Tank was developed and manufactured here and the city became one of the most important centres of aircraft production in the country. It also saw the recruitment of female labour into factories for the first time which would eventually lead to political emancipation.

This conference opens with an introduction to Lincoln’s industries in the period leading up to the Great War and follows on with accounts of the principal activities, the products and the people who made them. 

The Speakers
Peter Robinson worked as a draughtsman for Ruston Bucyrus Ltd and the Aircraft Division of English Electric Co. With an Honours degree in Education he exchanged drawing office for classroom with eventual "retirement” as author ("Lincoln’s Excavators” Vols 1-4) and model-maker (models in National Museum of Science & Technology, Stockholm, and National Coal HQ, India). He is currently the President of Lincoln Engineering Society.    
Richard Pullen is an archaeologist and writer. He has had four books and numerous articles published. Recently he found a serial number hidden inside the WW1 tank on display in Lincoln which proved that it was called Daphne and not Flirt as had long been thought.  
Charles Parker has been interested in aviation since childhood and he has recently published a book on the Royal Observer Corps in Lincolnshire. In 2000 he co-produced a book on Lincoln’s aircraft industry with John Walls, a respected writer on aviation in the Great War. He has also contributed to several other publications and written numerous magazine articles.  

Neil Wright is the current Chairman of SLHA and has been writing about industrial archaeology and local history in Lincolnshire for over 50 years. His late wife Ann researched women who worked in munitions in Lincoln.

Industrial Heritage Days, formerly East Midlands Industrial Conference. These events are held every six months and they are open to anyone with an interest in the subject. The first conference was held in 1970 with the idea of enabling industrial archaeologists in the East Midlands to meet in differing locations to consider topics of mutual interest. There is no formal organisation; the sponsoring bodies are Derbyshire Archaeological Society; the East Midlands Group of the Railway & Canal Historical Society; Leicestershire Industrial History Society; North East Derbyshire Industrial Archaeology Society; the Northamptonshire Industrial Archaeology Group and the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology.  

A Social History of Corrugated Iron

An illustrated talk by Ken Hollamby

Admission FREE to SLHA members
Non-members pay £3.00 at the door

Wednesday 16 November, 2016
LINCOLN: St Hugh's Hall, Monks Road, LN2 5AQ
The Holy Trinity Guild - Sleaford

talk by Douglas Hoare

preceded by the Annual General Meeting of the Sleaford group

Thursday 17 November, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, Market Place, NG34 7SH
Sunday Special: 3 short talks

Two Athenaeums (in Boston Lincs and Boston US) - Neil Wright
Colonel Sibthorp, Punch and the Great Exhibition - Mark Acton
Ermion Street Project, Navenby Update - Brian Porter

SLHA Members free admission
Non-members £3.00

Everyone welcome

Sunday 20 November, 2016
2.30pm to 4.00pm
LINCOLN: Jews' Court, Steep Hill, LN2 1LS


December 2016
Society Medieval Christmas Party
A two-course meal with wine

followed by musical entertainment and an historical quiz

Have a taste of medieval sweets, savouries and spiced drink

Cost: £15

Free parking

Book by phone 01522 521337 or by email

Wednesday 07 December, 2016
LINCOLN: The Refectory, Bishop Grosseteste University
Variety Evening
Contributions by members and others
* table top displays
* items
* artefacts
related to Sleaford and Lincolnshire
Thursday 15 December, 2016
SLEAFORD: St Denys Parish Centre, Market Place, NG34 7SH