2016….an exciting year

Sleaford Museum has received over 4000 visitors since opening on 2nd April 2015.  We have welcomed many of the visitors from worldwide locations, as well as those closer to home.  Our visitors’ book is full of very positive comments about the quality of the exhibits, and also the friendly and knowledgeable welcome from our volunteer staff.

Highlights of 2016

January:  Window display – Old Domestic and Agricultural Tools

February:  Interior ExhibitionHaverholme Priory and Lee & Green

March: Museum given the Civic Trust Award.  Year 1 pupils from William Alvey School attended for a day visit.  The AGM was held followed by a very entertaining historical quiz.

Civic Trust Award and Heritage Trail bronze plaque





April: Window display – Queen’s 90th Birthday celebrations.  Interior Exhibition – Royal tea party and Museum’s contribution to the Book for the Queen.  Brocante table top sale to raise funds for Museum.


May: Guitarist played as part of  ‘Sleaford Live’ Week, and a talk “Nine Agents of Deterioration” was given by Victoria Macfarren.

June:  Museum Quiz winner, Alfie, was awarded his prize by TV stars, Lucy Heath and Trip.  Pages of Book for the Queen on display in St Denys’ Church.

July: Window display and Interior Exhibition – ‘Power to the People’; the history of how gas and electricity came to Sleaford.  Sleaford Museum exhibited at Heckington Show. A talk was given on Ward & Dale, and the Sleaford Museum monthly page began in ‘Your Local Links’.  Visit by Sleaford Badgers.


September:  Interior Exhibition – ‘Old Pubs of Sleaford’ to fit with Heritage week.  Visit by Heritage Walkers and a talk on Southwell Workhouse.


October: Window display – Royal British Legion.  Visit by Lincolnshire Heritage Forum.  Sleaford Museum participated in ‘Made in Sleaford’ in the NCCD.  A children’s half term workshop focusing on the anniversary of King John’s death near Sleaford in October 1216.


November: The Museum was delighted to win the Inspiration award, given by Lincolnshire Heritage Forum.  A bronze plaque was erected as part of Sleaford’s Heritage Trail (see picture in ‘March’ segment).  Liaison Museum display in Navigation House.


December: Window display – ‘Christmas Past’.  Sleaford Museum’s entry into Christmas Tree Festival at the Methodist Church – ‘The Twelve Artefacts of Christmas”


An exciting and very successful year!  All of this has been achieved with the unstinting support of all of our volunteers and also of Sleaford Town Council, for which the Museum is extremely grateful.