Metheringham airfield visitors’ centre gains Full Museum Accreditation

The Friends of Metheringham Airfield are pleased to see that over two years of hard slog, mainly bureaucratic, have been rewarded by the granting of Full Museum Accreditation standard to the Visitors’ Centre. This prestigious award will open up further opportunities to improve the visitor experience to the centre and enable other artefacts in store to be exhibited in a more interactive environment.

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August at the Woodhall Spa Cottage Museum

Woodhall Spa’s Cottage Museum may seem small, but it is one of Lincolnshire’s finest, having literally risen like a Phoenix from the flames since an arson attack in 2011. It was originally “…..the vision of one man, John Wield, over a hundred years ago. He foresaw that one-day people would ask about the origins of the then young Victorian spa community and so set about recording what he could for the future. John had a fascination with the art of photography, one of his many interests, and it is his photographic collection, which forms the basis for today’s Cottage Museum.”

But as well as capturing the village’s fascinating past, the museum hosts a range of special events throughout the summer. Here’s the August programme:

August 3 at 10:00 am to 12:00 pm: Creative Clay – Fantasy Creatures. This is another of our fun-filled children’s event. Come and have fun with different modelling materials. The event is only £3.00 per child and this covers all the materials. Continue reading

From the Woodhall Spa notice boards, July 2017

Understandably, most new notices this month have something to do with next weekend’s famous 1940s festival. If you are planning to take part, you can find out more about this major event here.

Here are some alternative attractions that caught my eye:

 

July 12

The Holiday Proms – Sing for Britain

A concert by the Spa Singers, at St. Peter’s Hall. 7.30, admission £5 (£3 under 18s). Call 01526 860373 Continue reading

Plan your own Lincolnshire Aviation trail

I read recently that Lincoln is “the perfect base to explore Lincolnshire’s rich aviation heritage”. Well “perfect” is debatable – Lincoln is a fine city, but why not avoid the city crowds and make Woodhall Spa your Lincolnshire aviation trail base?

For instance, where else can you stay and dine in a hotel which was home to the 617 “Dambusters” Squadron in 1942, complete with the original officers’ mess? The Squadron Bar at the Petwood Hotel features a range of memorabilia and tributes to Guy Gibson VC, Leonard Cheshire VC and their Officers, and so is itself an aviation hotspot, often overlooked in tourist articles.

There are other advantages, apart from peace and quiet. Woodhall Spa is nearer than Lincoln to some key aviation destinations, such as the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight at RAF Coningsby, the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre and Thorpe Camp. Other must-do aviation attractions a little farther afield, such as the Newark Air Museum or Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre, are within easy reach by car. You are less likely to get snarled up in city traffic than you would be in Lincoln, which is a nightmare right now with the building of the new bus station complex.

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Barnes Wallis – a new exhibition

Image courtesy Behance / Northumbria UnviversityCharles Foster, nephew of Dambuster pilot David Maltby runs the Dambusters Blog. As well as logging fascinating biographical notes and reproducing numerous old photographs, the blog features some intriguing current stories, such as an unusual take on Barnes Wallis, the inventor of the famous bouncing bomb.

At Northumbria University in Newcastle upon Tyne, four graphic design students have been working on an exhibition project about Barnes Wallis, as part of their degree course…..the images they have produced are very interesting and effective, and would grace the walls of any gallery if one could be found to take it on.”

“The exhibition is entitled ‘Ducks & Drakes’ and, in the creators’ words, portrays Wallis’s struggles with his conscience ‘after an innocent idea of skimming stones inspired him to create the Bouncing Bomb which had a devastating impact on the German Dams of WW2.” [Charles Foster, Dambusters Blog]”

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Expect the unexpected in Lincoln this weekend

Lincolnshire Sausages, famous Lincolnshire people and a Sci-fi show – an eclectic selection of attractions in the historic City of Lincoln over the coming weekend:

 

 

Lincoln Sausage Festival 2016

Celebrate all things sausage, including the famous Lincolnshire sausage, at the Lincoln Sausage Festival – in and around the Lincoln Castle grounds, 10am to 5pm, October 22. During the day there will be cooking demonstrations, food stalls of the best Lincolnshire produce from award winning Select Lincolnshire members, children’s entertainment and live music. Feeling hungry?

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National Trust events near you

national_trust_logo_green_150Tattershall Castle and Gunby Hall are currently both offering interesting events within easy traveling distance of Woodhall Spa over the next few weeks.

At Lord Cromwell’s Castle in Tattershall this Wednesday (July 13) outdoor theatre company The Lord Chamberlain’s Men return with their outdoor performance of Much Ado About Nothing, and there’s a Wars of the Roses weekend on July 30 and 31: “Travel back in time to the fifteenth century and immerse yourself in our medieval experience. Witness what everyday life was like over 500 years ago with living history tents, talks and displays.”

Gunby Hall gardens are always worth a visit at this time of year, and they are the inspiration for Gunby’s first contemporary art exhibition called ‘Densen – Disperse’, featuring the work of Christiane Löhr. Continue reading