Exhibitions during 2019

Main current exhibition:

From April 7th 2019 onwards

Peg Dolls

The Museum is lucky enough to have a large collection of exquisitely dressed and decorated peg dolls. They were made by the late Mrs Joan Fairgrieve of Bracebridge Heath and were generously donated to the Museum by her family.  They are currently making a series of beautiful displays in the Museum and its large window.  A smaller selection are also being shown in Sleaford Library in the Market Place.

This photograph shows Joan with a small selection of the more than 2000 peg dolls she made in the 1970’s.  She based all the costumes on designs from the Victorian era and earlier, as the long crinoline skirts hid the peg-legs!  Each doll required at least 4 hours of work to make, although much longer for hand embroidery and intricate hairstyles – some very complex designs took weeks of work.  She always liked to ‘get the costumes right’ and researched extensively to ensure that they were authentic.  She also gave her dolls real character not only through the detailed costumes, but also by devising ingenious ways for them to hold handmade miniature objects.  They really are little works of art.

Sleaford Museum are privileged to hold the collection and delighted to be able to display the peg dolls to a wider audience.  If you or your children are ‘bitten by the bug’ of making peg dolls and want to know more, Sleaford Library are holding workshops for children on dates during April and a link here to their website will tell you more.

Just a few more pictures to whet your appetite…..


Other current exhibitions

History of Sleaford Workhouse

Sleaford Poor Law Union was formed in 1834.  Although there had been at least one workhouse in Sleaford before that date, a new purpose-built Workhouse was constructed on Eastgate between 1837-38.  This exhibition will chart the development and history of this important local building which sadly no longer exists.



Photography through the ages

A small exhibition of photographic equipment and slides/photographs through the recent past will begin in March.



Future Exhibitions:

Silk Willoughby Aircrash, 4th June 1944

On the 4th of June, 1944, an American B24 Liberator (Sweet Chariot 261) demolished 2 farm buildings at Willoughby Walks.  The occupants of the farm were unhurt and there was no-one on board the aircraft……

This fascinating story will be presented in a small exhibition beginning in June 2019, 75 years after the event.  It will also coincide with a talk about the aircrash presented by Mark Bamford on Tuesday 23rd July 2019. Click here for more details: Events and Talks