Sadly, the Museum will be closed for the duration of the COVID-19 lockdown beginning on Thursday 5th November 2020.
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.
The Les Gostick Memorial
A memorial mosaic and an art deco style information plaque have been unveiled on the wall of the Museum to honour a long serving member of the town's Civic Trust and champion of the River Slea, the late Les Gostick. The project was paid for by the Civic Trust and Sleaford Museum, along with private donations, including from Jim Gostick, Les's son, and was installed by Carre Heritage.
Although originally the idea was for a bronze statue, the mosaic memorial developed from a proposal by Marion Sanders of the NCCD and Pauline Dobson of MosArt. The very attractive wall mounted mosaic initially shows the dried up River Slea with dead fish, moving through to restoration with crystal clear waters and living fish. The mosaic was unveiled by Mayor of Sleaford, Coun. Tony Brand, watched by representatives of the Museum, the Civic Trust and the Gostick family.
Les Gostick was well-known in the town, characteristically doffing his hat to those he met (this appears on the plaque in silhouette). He became Head Postmaster and was most famed for his determination to 'Save the Slea'. He followed on from Helen Vidal of the Civic Trust who was successful in having the wier by Cogglesford Mill set up in 1977. The river however, was still very low on water - indeed, it dried up completely in warm weather and was becoming an eyesore. Les worked with Harry Gregson to persuade the authorities to install a borehole in 1992 and as a consequence, we no longer have the problems of seasonal drying up in the Slea. It has flourished to become a very attractive area of the town once more and a haven for wildlife.
Next Spring, the Museum and Civic Trust will be mounting a new show called The Gosticks of Sleaford to celebrate the life and works of Les.
General information about your visit when the Museum reopens:
- After the November 2020 lockdown, 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.