Johnny Johnson goes to the Palace

As you may have seen or heard on the news, one of the last two men alive who took part in the Dams Raid, George ‘Johnny’ Johnson, was decorated this week with the MBE by the Queen at a Buckingham Palace investiture, following a campaign for Johhny’s recognition led by TV presenter Carol Vorderman, and a public petition.

Johnny, who was born in Hameringham, near Horncastle, joined the RAF aged 19 and flew 50 missions between 1942 and 1944 before retiring in 1962 to live in Bristol, having reached the rank of squadron leader. He was awarded the DFM in 1943, and an honorary doctorate at the University of Lincoln earlier this year. As well as attracting international press and media coverage, the story was reported by Charles Foster on his excellent Dambusters Blog Continue reading


Frequency Festival 2015

“Frequency Festival of Digital Culture is a biennial festival hosted in the city of Lincoln, providing a platform to celebrate the pioneering spirit of digital innovation and culture through exhibition, creative collision and debate.” If this takes your fancy, or even if like me you are intrigued by “creative collision”, then do check the programme out on the Frequency website schedule before you go. The festival runs from  October 23 to November 1, with multiple events taking place in various city venues.


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Visit the Lincoln Magna Carta in its new home

Having returned from its recent sell-out tour in the USA, the Lincoln 1215 original copy of  Magna Carta, 800 years old this month and one of only four in existence, now has a brand new home in a specially built vault within Lincoln Castle, after languishing in relative obscurity for much of the last eight centuries elsewhere in the City.

So, what is Magna Carta? This British Library video is the best explanation I have come across in the last two years of research:


Without doubt the new David P.J. Ross Magna Carta Vault is impressive, a major visitor attraction. Since it opened in April this year, I have visited it twice, and I would recommend it to anyone; it’s only 20 miles from Woodhall Spa after all, and you can make a day of it by walking  the rebuilt Lincoln Castle walls and visiting the fascinating old Lincoln Prison while you are there! Lincoln celebrates Magna Carta’s 800th anniversary. Continue reading

Chris Packham lecture – change of venue

The venue for Chris Packham’s inaugural lecture at the University of Lincoln has been changed to cope with high demand. It will now be in the Engine Shed, No.15 on this campus map. All other details remain unchanged. Book your place here.

Chris Packham comes to Lincoln – you could be there

If you’re quick you might be able catch naturalist and TV presenter Chris Packham at his inaugural public lecture  on Tuesday 14th April. It’s at the Engine Shed, Brayford Campus, University of Lincoln (No.15 on this campus map). Registration starts at 2.30pm and Chris takes the stage at 3pm.

Admission to the public lecture is free but places are limited, so don’t delay, book online now. This is a rare chance to hear the star of TV programmes such as the Really Wild Show, Springwatch, Autumnwatch and Secrets of our Living Planet straight-talking about his passion for wildlife conservation.

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Jason Bradbury comes to Lincoln – free event

If you are in business locally, why not join TV presenter and well-known gadget guru Jason Bradbury, who will be sharing his passion for technology, at the annual Lincolnshire Digital Conference.

All businesses are welcome to attend this free event, organised by Lincolnshire County Council to help people get up-to-speed with digital and the progress of the onlincolnshire project so far.  As well as discovering how superfast broadband could benefit your business, you’ll also find out more about the latest digital technology and how to use it.

Location: The Showroom, Tritton Road, Lincoln, LN6 7QY
Date: 10 Mar 2015
Duration: 9.30am – 4pm

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Psychology roadshow in Horncastle this weekend

Psychology research exploring aspects of human behaviour, ranging from how our memory works to the ways we interact with animals, will be showcased to the public this weekend in a roadshow by the University of Lincoln. The free event takes place at Stanhope Hall, Boston Road, LN9 6NF on Saturday 18th October 2014 from 10am to 4pm and is open to any U3A member and the general public. For more information call Lynn Urbanowicz on 01507 524430 or e-mail

In partnership with the Horncastle U3A (University of the Third Age), the roadshow aims to give people of all ages a taste of scientific discovery on a range of subjects which give insights into the workings of the brain. Studies will include eye movement tracking, tests of cognition, risk taking and ‘mindreading’.

Visitors to the event will be invited to participate in games and experiments. Results will be used to inform the researchers’ academic studies. Continue reading