Exhibitions during 2020

Window exhibition:

An affectionate look back at the major exhibitions we have staged over our first five years of operation.

Other current exhibitions:

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.


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 charts 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 began in March.


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 is presented in a small exhibition, 75 years after the event.  It also coincided with a Local History talk about the aircrash presented by Mark Bamford on Tuesday 23rd July 2019.

Childhood cabinet

Toys and artefacts from Sleaford childhoods.

Future Exhibitions –

Sleaford’s Bass Maltings

An exciting major exhibition on the iconic Bass Maltings will be staged in 2021.

The Bass Maltings in Sleaford are a large group of eight disused malt houses originally owned by the Bass Brewery of Burton upon Trent.  Constructed between 1901 and 1907, the Maltings are the largest group of malt houses in England;  they have been designated Grade II* on the National Heritage List of England recognising them as “particularly important … of more than special interest.”