You may be interested to know what events have happened, to give you an idea of what we offer…….. April 11th 2024 AGM 1.30 pm Auditorium Talk by James Sharples on the museum redisplay What Inspires Art? A Talk by Dr Kevin Byron Thursday March 21st at 2.00pm. Venue: The Lincoln Museum. Cost: Members £8.00. Non-Members £10.00. Students £5.00 This talk asks some basic questions about creativity and the creative process and then describes some common perennial patterns of creative ideas appearing in a variety of forms including art and science. Then Dr Byron will go on to discuss his book ‘What Inspires Art?’published last year that came about as a result of the Usher Open art competition. This book is a collection of images and stories of inspiration by 110 Lincolnshire artists and is currently on sale at the Usher gallery.  Dr Kevin Byron has a background of research in physics for some 25 years and later developed a passion for education and taught at the University of Leicester and then at Queen Mary, University of London. More recently he undertook research in creative thinking skills in art and science. This ultimately led to him compiling and editing the book.   The Friends welcome the attendance of guests. February 22nd The Shock of the Old: Discovering Britain’s Ice Age Cave Art 2.00pm. Venue: The Lincoln Museum. Cost: Members £8.00. Non Members £10.00. Students £5.00 An account of the search for, and discovery of, Britain’s first Ice Age cave art at Creswell Crags in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, by Dr Paul Bahn: ”how my 30-year dream was fulfilled in a single morning! The engravings and bas-reliefs discovered have been dated to around 13,000 years ago and are thus by far the oldest known artistic depictions in the country”. Paul Bahn is recognised as a leading expert in pre-historic cave art worldwide. The Friends anticipate that many may be interested in this talk and welcome the attendance of guests. If you would like to attend this talk then please send your name and contact information with your cheque, payable to FLMAG, to Val Hutchinson, 10 Whitley Close, Skellingthorpe, Lincoln. LN65RY Thursday October 12th the Auditorium at 2pm Talk by Dr Andrew Walker Park life, the varied history of three green spaces in Lincoln; Temple Gardens, the Arboretum and Boultham Park Dr Andrew Walker was employed as a Lecturer in History at the University of Humberside in Hull from 1992.  He was amongst the first group of the university's staff to teach at the new campus in Lincoln when it opened in 1996 and he quickly developed an interest in the history of the city and the county. Since 2006 he has edited The Survey of Lincoln's publications which have examined the history of the city, examining particularly its buildings and structures. Latterly at the University of Lincoln, Andrew was head of the Lincoln School of Humanities and Performing Arts before leaving in 2010 to become Vice Principal of Rose Bruford College of Theatre & Performance in Kent for ten years. In 2020, Andrew moved to Worcester where he continues to be involved in various Lincolnshire-based history-related organisations, including the Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology and the Lincoln Record Society, as well as The Survey of Lincoln.       September 20-24 Northumberland tour FULLY BOOKED See flyer for booking and deposits information August - Talk on the ‘community choice’ exhibition at Lincoln Museum. Date to be confirmed . Please contact for further details Wednesday 14th June at 2 pm (time to be confirmed) A Guided Tour of Aubourn Hall Gardens followed by tea and cakes Head gardener Anthony will show us round the Gardens Price £16 payable by 7th June. Please contact Carey Cowham at for further details Saturday 13th May 2pm Talk and tour at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life with Horace Liberty : 'John Hassall: a Forgotten Artist with a Lincolnshire Connection'. Admission £8 includes tea/ coffee. Please contact Carey Cowham at for further details Thursday 13 April 1.30pm Collection Auditorium AGM Thursday 13 April 2.00om Collection Auditorium Botanical Art talk by Dawn Wright Cost £8 Thursday 9 March 2.00pm Collection auditorium ‘King Arthur goes Mainstream.’ Tennyson’s Cornish tours and Idylls of the King. Talk by Jim Cheshire, Associate Professor School of Humanities and Heritage, Lincoln University cost £8 Thursday 9 February 2.30pm Collection auditorium Tour by Dawn Heywood of the ‘Gathering Light’ Exhibition from the British Museum of Bronze Age gold ornaments. £8 includes tea and cakes Wednesday 18 January 12.30 Castle Hotel Lincoln Lunch at the Castle Hotel with update on th Greyfriars project by a Lincs Heritage speaker Numbers limited, £28 for 3 courses 2022 Talk by Dr Jim Cheshire at The Collection 2.00pm Wednesday 8th June 2022. A Victorian Revival of Stained Glass. Stained glass was revived with great enthusiasm by Victorian advocates of medieval art: this was the ‘lost’ form if art that was ripe for rediscovery. But, despite the surge of interest in the medium, few could agree on what ‘modern’ stained glass should look like: should Victorian stained glass resemble medieval stained glass or develop in line with contemporary art? This talk will explore this debate through looking at a range of Victorian windows including many excellent examples from Lincoln Cathedral. The cost will be £8 per member and £10 for non-members. The Collection Museum is closed to the public on Wednesday but will open its doors for the Friends at 1.30 on the 8th June. The Cafe will also be opened for us. Click here for further information and a booking form. Visit to Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill, Wednesday 18th May, 2022 Anglesey Abbey, Gardens & Lode Mill is one of the National Trust’s key properties and was 7th in their paying for entry sites. Lord Fairhaven lived at Anglesey Abbey from 1926 until his death in 1966. During that time, he created a comfortable country home which contains an eclectic collection of antiquities dating from the early Tudor period to the 1960’s. The gardens have sweeping avenues, classical statuary and flower borders. The house is 600 yards from the main Reception. For those who are less able, an electric buggy runs to and from the house. An individual electric buggy can be hired for 2 hours, but must be pre booked directly by you, on Tel. 01223 810086. The restaurant ‘Redwoods’ serves a good selection for lunches and afternoon teas. Admission is free to National Trust members and £14.25 for non members. The coach cost per person is £24. 8.15 Depart Lincoln, from The Lincoln Hotel. 8.10am Pick up from Waitrose. There will be no comfort break on the journey. 10.15 Approximate arrival at Anglesey. The ‘Redwoods’ restaurant will be open for coffee etc. 16.15 Depart from Anglesey Abbey. Click here for further information and a booking form A Visit to Flag Fen & Clare Cottage Thursday 16th June 2022 Departing from Lincoln Hotel 8.45 and Waitrose car park 9.00am, return about 6pm Flag Fen near Peterborough is the site of a Bronze Age causeway across the fen. Developed about 3500 years ago it consists of more than 60,000 timbers. Arranged in five long rows to create a way across the wet fenland. Partway across the structure a small island was formed and from the items associated with it scholars have concluded it was of religious significance. Clare Cottage at Helpston was the home of John Clare, widely regarded as one of the greatest English poets. He lived in the village from 1793 to 1832 at a time of significant change to English rural life – particularly seeing first-hand the impact of Enclosures. Click here for further details and a booking form April 13th Wednesday 1.30 pm Collection Auditorium AGM followed by Talk Dawn Heywood Rediscovered Items in the collections Collection Auditorium 10th February 2022 Thursday 2.00 pm Collection Auditorium Talk by Dr Shirley Brook Twentieth century Lincolnshire Farm Buildings: Buildings for Smallholdings on the Fens and Marshlands A return by Dr Brook, with a special interest in vernacular architecture and Lincolnshire farm buildings. The cost will be £8 per member and £10 for non-members. Tattershall Castle A Zoom presentation by James Wright 2.0pm Wednesday 19th May 2021 If you wish to receive this talk please contact our membership secretary Carey Cowham on before 10.0 am on the 18th The Petwood Peto Garden Restoration Cream Tea Talk by Emma Brealey at the hotel, 2 pm on Wednesday 28th July 2021 Contact Carey as above for a Booking Form – payment by 24th June Social Afternoon We hope to arrange this at one of the Lincoln Venues - Members will be emailed Probably August Images of the British Empire in Victorian Ecclesiastical Art Talk by Jim Cheshire at the Collection in the afternoon October Date to be announced Botanical Art Talk by Dawn Wright at the Collection in the afternoon 2021 AGM at The Collection 1.30 pm Wednesday 14th April 2021 Images of the British Empire in Victorian Ecclesiastical Art Talk 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 March The Collection Talk 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 February The Collection Talk by Kevin Leahy: The Staffordshire Hoard Dr 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. 2019 2019 16th - 20th May Holiday on the Isle of Wight This event is fully booked Wednesday 12th June Friends visit to Halifax A Visit to Horrible Halifax Wednesday 12th June 2019 Departing from Lincoln Hotel 7.45 and Waitrose car park 8.00am, return about 7pm Have 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 Museum An 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 Wisbech Wednesday 17th July 2019 Departing from Lincoln Hotel 8.15 am, Waitrose car park 8.30 am, return about 6.30p Wisbech, 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 Tolethorpe For Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit” Wednesday 14th August 2019 Departing 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 Suffolk 20th to 23rd September 2019 We 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.
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