Exhibitions during 2021

Current Major Exhibition –

Sleaford’s Bass Maltings

An exciting major exhibition on the iconic Bass Maltings: From Construction to Dereliction

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.”


Christmas Window Exhibition

The window will be opened each day 10-4pm from Saturday 27th Nov 2021 for viewing of the exhibition even if the Museum is closed.

Other current exhibitions:

Centenary of Sleaford Picturedrome, October 2020.

A selection of memorabilia of the now closed Sleaford Picturedrome, reflecting its history and stories.


Water We Drink – an exhibition to support the refurbishment of the Bristol Water Fountain.

On Friday 4th October 2019, the Marquis of Bristol and his wife visited the Museum after completing the re-opening of the newly refurbished Bristol Water Fountain in the Market Place.  Sleaford Civic Trust organised the refurbishment after gaining a Heritage Lottery grant to cover the costs.  The Bristol Water Fountain is now once again a free source of drinking water in Sleaford and will help to reduce plastic waste.

The Museum is supported this project with an exhibition entitled ‘The Water We Drink’, which also involved outreach work with local schools to help young people understand the history of the Bristol Water Fountain and its impact on the improvement of water quality for Sleaford residents in the mid/late 19th century.


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.