Spalding Gentlemen's Society


Museum closure and event cancellation


As a result of the Covid-19 outbreak we regret to announce that our final lecture of the current season, ‘Standing on Uncertainty’ set for March 27th,  has been cancelled.

There will be no more Open Days, Coffeehouse evenings or organised group tours until further notice. 


Our Symposium planned for April 18th has also been postponed indefinitely. Refunds will be arranged for those who have purchased tickets.

Under review

Our AGM is due to be held on May 15th. Given the demographic of both our membership and trustees it seems inevitable that this will be postponed as a result of government advice on protecting the elderly. The Annual Report is on its way to the printers but its distribution may be delayed until we have determined a revised date for the AGM. 

Restricted access

We are very reliant on the over 70 age group in sustaining our activities. We must ensure that our paid and unpaid staff are not compromised by their activities with the Society in such a way as to conflict with medical advice. For this reason we cannot continue with business as usual. 

Until further notice we cannot undertake to open the door to members or visitors on ringing the doorbell. We will not be open to members or visitors as usual on Mondays and Thursdays. The Museum  will be closed except for access as part of a specified research, curatorial or managerial task with access facilitated by a key holding officer of the Society, not the caretaker. That officer will advise of hygiene and cleaning protocols.


Founded in 1710, the Society began as a group of gentlemen who came together to share and create knowledge.  Today, membership is open to anyone aged eighteen or over, irrespective of gender.

The Society boasts a long and interesting history. Our collections are incredibly varied – you can find anything from a hatpin to a range of firearms and cameras, beautiful glassware, an amazing selection of coins, medals and stamps, silverware and tableware – and a wonderful library.

The Society also arranges an important series of professional lectures on a wide range of subjects, which are open to the public. For further details, please click on the lectures tab.

If you have the chance to visit Spalding, please do contact us to arrange a tour of our wonderful building and see all the treasures within.

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