Don’t miss Lincolnshire’s Great Exhibition

Running in Lincoln until September 27th, this unique exhibition is not to be missed. The orginal idea to celebrate the rich history of our often overlooked county in this way came out of a conversation back in 2012 between Patrick, Lord Cormack and the Earl of Yarborough, and having recently visited some elements of the exhibition, I can only admire their ambition and the subsequent realisation of their ambitious plans.

The exhibition is spread over four venues, Lincoln Cathedral, Lincoln Castle, The Collection and the Usher Gallery. At the Cathedral you can browse manuscripts the 15th century Medieval Wren Library, and the David PJ Ross Magna Carta Vault at the Castle offers the chance to view two versions of Magna Carta (1214 and 1225) and the Charter of the Forest (1217).

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Sir John Franklin’s ship: update

A few weeks ago I wrote about the recent discovery of one of Sir John Franklin’s northwest passage ships, preserved in the frozen wastes of northern Canada. The news clip I included has been withdrawn, but fortunately I have found another, much more informative one from Global News. If you missed the original post and you are interested in the Spilsby connection, you can still read it here, complete with the new video clip.

They have found Sir John Franklin’s ship

If you head out East toward the Lincolnshire coast and you get fed up with the main road, you might take the old road through Spilsby. And if you decide to take a break there, you may, as I did some time ago, come across the memorial in the main square commemorating the life and death of Spilsby born and Louth educated Sir John Franklin, who died trying to find the Northwest Passage.

Interesting enough in itself perhaps, but suddenly in the news, with today’s confirmation by Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada, that one of the two ships used for Sir John Franklin’s fatal attempt to find the Northwest Passage has been discovered over 160 years since it was abandoned somewhere in the frozen wastes of the Canadian Arctic.

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