Sadly, the Museum will continue to be closed for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown restrictions (which began on Jan 6th, 2021).

Welcome to Sleaford Museum...

            

Sleaford's Museum of local history in its specially designed building is home to artefacts and stories that portray fascinating aspects of the town and area's unique past. Exhibitions in its colourful interior change frequently and visitors are united in their praise.  Admission is free but your donations are welcomed and appreciated to help us to cover essential costs and to fund new exhibitions.  The Museum is a completely volunteer run organisation and a registered charity.

We have been welcoming our visitors and volunteers back to the Museum since August; we have done our utmost, following the Government guidance on Covid-19 security measures, to make everyone safe without spoiling the enjoyment of your visits.  Many visitors have joined us to celebrate 5 years of sharing the stories of Sleaford people.

Two books you may wish to purchase:  

'Old Place, New Perspectives' 

This new book, 'Old Place, New Perspectives.', published by the Old Sleaford Heritage Group, tells the story of Old Place and the fascinating results of the most recent Community Archaeological investigation on the site.  Priced at just £14.99, if you would like a copy, email: sleafordmuseum@btinternet.com (or phone 07518 972016) to arrange delivery.  Payment by cash or cheque only.

'The Railway its Builders Didn't Want: The Sleaford to Bourne Branch of the Great Northern Railway.'

The Sleaford Museum is pleased to be able to offer another new publication about the history of the Town. It has been produced by the well-known Lincolnshire railway historian, Alan Stennett.  The book tells the story of the late-lamented railway line between Sleaford and Bourne.  As well as engaging and informative text, the book has many never-before-published photographs, and track plans of the intermediate stations.

The book costs £7.95 and can also be ordered through the Museum email address, sleafordmuseum@btinternet.com (or by phoning 07518 972016). Payment by cash or cheque only.

Photographic Competition - Spirit of Sleaford

Sleaford Town Council in partnership with the Sleaford Museum Trust is pleased to announce a photographic competition - The Spirit of Sleaford. This is an open competition which will run through February, March and April 2021.  You can access the information on how to submit an entry by accessing the Town Council website.  Follow the menu within the Community area of the Town Council's website to Photography Competition, or use this link:  https://www.sleaford.gov.uk/photography-competition.html

We invite you to celebrate what is good about Sleaford and so the title of the competition is open for each person entering to interpret in their own way. It may be for you the Spirit is reflected in a building; an artefact or place of significance or beauty. Search out the dark and dusty corners of your hard drive and find a picture which, for you, celebrates Sleaford.  Alternatively, while out exercising during the current lockdown, take along your digital camera or phone and, falling upon a view/scene which demonstrates the Spirit of Sleaford - take the shot.

There are three categories for entries:

  • Up to 11 years of age
  • 12 to 19 years of age
  • 20+ years of age

A separate download explains the technical aspects of submission and details required to enter the competition. All submissions will have to be in digital formats.

Judging will take place in early May and winners in each category selected. A book will be published containing all the entries chosen to be exhibited. Depending upon the state of Covid restrictions in May, an exhibition of will take place virtually and/or if possible in the Town Hall.

General information about your visit when the Museum reopens:

  • When we are allowed, we intend to open the Museum on Saturdays only, from 10am till 3pm, .  We hope to increase opening times in due course.
  • Only 4 visitors are allowed into the Museum at one time, and two volunteers are present to assist if required.
  • A logical route around the Museum has been suggested by tape and floor markings, allowing visitors to physically distance.  Perspex screens are in place at the reception desk.
  • Visitors are requested to sign a NHS Test & Trace list, to wear a face covering during their visit, and to use the hand sanitiser provided before entering and leaving the Museum.
  • It is not be permitted to eat or drink within the Museum.
  • Booklets and postcards to purchase have been removed from view, but are still available to purchase from the volunteers.  Cash payments for purchases and any donations should be put into the donation jar.  Gift Aid envelopes are also available.
  • If visitors require access to the books on the bookshelf, please ask a volunteer.  The book will be quarantined for 72 hours after use.
  • Artefact donations are welcomed - please place any items in a plastic bag and hand to a volunteer.