Sleaford is a rapidly growing market town with a current population of approximately 17000. Many Roman, Iron Age and Bronze artefacts have been discovered here, some displayed in the British Museum. Situated on the River Slea, the town and district has an interesting and important history to tell but, until 2015, lacked a place to display and promote its past.
It has taken about forty years to achieve this permanent home for Sleaford’s numerous surviving artefacts, during which time many dedicated and professional people have contributed to the preservation of the collection. From the early seventies, when it was in a temporary rented building, to storage in numerous and varied places, the Sleaford Museum Trust was eventually founded in 1994 and ten years later a Virtual Museum was created on the internet.
That Trust, with its Charitable Status and 111 life and paid-up members, is now represented and run by a small, hardworking committee of volunteers. A Heritage Lottery grant finally enabled the committee in 2013-5 to design and open Sleaford Museum in a town council regenerated building. Beautifully situated in Monument Gardens, it proudly achieves the aim of “Sharing Our Stories.”