You may be interested to know what events have happened, to give you an idea of what we offer……..2020Lincolnshire Farm Buildings - Buildings for Smallholdings on the Fens and Marshlands.Talk by Dr Shirley Brook at The Collection,2 pm Saturday 15th May 2021.AGM at The Collection1.30 pm Wednesday 14th April 2021Images of the British Empire in Victorian Ecclesiastical ArtTalk by Jim Cheshire at The Collection,at 2 pm on Saturday 17th April 2021.Dr Cheshire is Associate Professor of Cultural History at the University of Lincoln. 2 pm Saturday 14th MarchThe CollectionTalk by Dr Shirley Brook:The Buildings of High Farming in Lincolnshire: who built them, where, when and why?A great many of the buildings in the Lincolnshire countryside date from the nineteenth century. Why is this? In this illustrated talk the social, economic and cultural influences which shaped the buildings of our countryside will be introduced. There will be discussion of the social networks and information environment inhabited by the county’s nineteenth-century landowners. The talk will help you to recognise the buildings of high farming in Lincolnshire and have some understanding of what shaped them.2 pm Saturday 22nd FebruaryThe CollectionTalk by Kevin Leahy: The Staffordshire HoardDr Kevin Leahy is a recognised authority on finds from the Anglo-Saxon period. He is based at the North Lincolnshire Museum and is National Finds Adviser - Early Medieval Metalwork.The Staffordshire Hoard is the largest hoard of Anglo-Saxon gold and silver metalwork yet found. It consists of over 3,500 items, amounting to a total of 5.1 kg of gold, 1.4 kg of silver and some 3,500 pieces of garnet cloisonné jewellery.We will be visiting the Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, during our holiday in May, and felt that a talk about The Staffordshire Hoard would increase our appreciation of the finds there. 2019201916th - 20th May Holiday on the Isle of WightThis event is fully bookedWednesday 12th June Friends visit to HalifaxA Visit to Horrible HalifaxWednesday 12th June 2019Departing from Lincoln Hotel 7.45 and Waitrose car park 8.00am, return about 7pmHave you heard the saying “From, Hell, Hull and Halifax Lord deliver us” by John Taylor?We are proposing to visit Halifax to find out why it was so notorious.The expedition takes in the 12th century Grade 1 listed Minster and the story of Old Tristram.The 18th century Piece Hall where woollen merchants traded with buyers from across the country and made Halifax rich.In the afternoon you may choose to go to Shibden Hall, parts dating back to 1420 and was the home of Anne Lister, entrance fee not included, (A film about this notorious owner will be shown on BBC later this year.)Or you may go to Bankside MuseumAn excellent eclectic local museum, in the former home of Edward Akroyd MP in the centre of Akroyden model village (free to date)The price will be £32 per person. Enquire about booking.A Visit to WisbechWednesday 17th July 2019Departing from Lincoln Hotel 8.15 am, Waitrose car park 8.30 am, return about 6.30pWisbech, the 'Capital of the Fens' is a market town that has grown around a castle built at the time of William the Conqueror. A Georgian villa, under restoration, now occupies the site.We plan a morning visit to the house of Octavia Hill, social reformer and one of the founders of the National Trust. In the afternoon we will visit the Wisbech and Fenland Museum, a 'Victorian Treasure House', where the curator will talk on the history of the town and we will have access to artefacts not normally on display including the manuscript for Great Expectations with, the original ending!There will be independent time to explore the Georgian crescent and Churches at your own pace, leaving Wisbech at approximately 4.30. All entrance fees, tea/coffee and biscuits on arrival are included in the price of this tour, which is £32 per person. Enquire about booking.Trip to TolethorpeFor Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”Wednesday 14th August 2019Departing from Lincoln Hotel at 4.15 pm, Waitrose car park 4.30pm, return by midnight Bring your picnic, a warm coat and maybe a folding chair.‘Blithe Spirit’ is Noel Coward’s light comedy in which novelist Charles Condomine foolishly holds a séance and eccentric medium Madam Arcati (memorably played in the film by Margaret Rutherford) accidentally summons the spirit of his first wife Elvira, and chaos ensues.Tolethorpe Hall offers an outdoor performance with a difference. We arrive early, and enjoy our picnic in the delightful grounds before the show. Then we stroll through the gardens to the theatre, where the audience sit in proper seats, within a permanent all-weather canopy, and enjoy the play. The stage is a woodland glade, and as the sun goes down, it becomes increasingly magical. It’s a great way to spend a summer evening in the country.If you prefer not to bring a picnic, there is a good restaurant on site in the dining room of elegant Tolethorpe Hall, but you will need to order in advance (01572 813303).(Should it rain, there is covered accommodation for picnicking, and the audience stay dry!)The cost will be £35 per person.Enquire about booking.A Long Weekend in Suffolk20th to 23rd September 2019We plan to stay 3 nights half-board at the four star Mill Hotel in Sudbury, visiting Audley End on the downward journey. Tours are planned of Sutton Hoo, Framlingham, Bury St Edmonds, with, possibly Ickworth House if time allows and a stop at Ely with a tour of the cathedral on the return journey.Cost will be £400 per person sharing a room and single supplement of £90. Enquire about booking.2018Visit to Moggerhanger House & the Shuttleworth MuseumWednesday 10th October 2018The Conservation Treatment of "The Mowers" by George Clausen"Un Aveu" by William Tom WarrenerAn illustrated talk byRhiannon Claricoates, Senior Research Fellow, University of Lincoln.2 pm The Collection on Saturday 3rd NovemberLunch at The Lincoln HotelFriday 9th November 12.30 for 1 pmLunch at The Lincoln Hotel, Eastgate.followed by a talk by Lord Cormack.Visit to Kettle's Yard & the FitzwilliamTuesday 20th November 2018One Hundred Years of the RAFTalk by Squadron Leader Ian Grayat The Collection Saturday 8th December 2018 at 2 pmSaturday 19th January 2019 2pm Talk by Dr Jim Cheshire ‘The Man and the Image: Tennyson and Portraiture’Saturday 23rd February 2pm Talk by Nic Lance: ‘Tennyson on the Isle of Wight’Nic will be talking about the artistic and literary circle on the Isle of Wight and some famous Victorian visitors. He will also mention the pioneering photographer, Julia Margaret Cameron, who photographed many of the visitors.Right: Albumen silver print from glass negative Julia Cameron July 1866Wednesday 20th March A Visit to the Spalding Gentleman’s ClubLincolnshire’s remarkable Spalding Gentleman’s Society had many illustrious members and started holding philosophical meetings in 1712. A visit has been arranged for us to examine and admire the “Cabinet of Curiosities” which is the Spalding Gentleman’s Club.Click here for their web site.The AGM at The Collectionon Wednesday 10th April at 1.30 pmfollowed by lantern slides of Hugh Cooke’stime working in Iran in the early 1970s. ‘From Abstract to Landscape’Talk by Sarah Watson at The CollectionSaturday 13th April 2019 at 2 pmSarah Watson is a landscape artist, based in Grantham, who works primarily in oils, oilsticks and charcoal.We are grateful to the New Monday Art Group for introducing us to Sarah Watson. At the meeting in October, Sarah gave an enthusiastic and interesting talk on her selection of media reflecting both the mood of her subject and of herself.In this talk Sarah will be demonstrating in charcoal and will be talking about gesture and tone in capturing mood. She will also be lecturing about her pure abstraction work and will describe how she eventually arrived at the semi-abstract landscapes she does now.Look her up: Sarah Watson Fine Art – come and learn about her work.Return to ButtermereThe cost will be £8 per member and £10 for non-members.Pay at the door.