The Society’s archive houses its collection of manuscripts, drawings, maps, prints. Our holdings range in date from the 13th century to the present day. Among the most important holdings are those records relating to the Society itself: minutes of meetings, account books, lecture notes, and a collection of correspondence that comprise the most extensive record of any provincial learned society of the 18th century. The archive also holds important manuscripts from Crowland Abbey and Spalding Priory, including the Myntling Register and Crowland Cartulary. We also preserve extensive collections relating to Spalding and nearby parishes, and civic, business, organisational and family archives dating back to the late Middle Ages.

Visitors who wish to consult rare books and manuscripts should bring a New Reader Registration Form (with photo ID and proof of address), as well as a letter of introduction from someone who can provide details of their experience handling archival materials (e.g., an academic tutor, a certified librarian or archivist, etc.).

If you do not have prior experience working with archival materials, we will arrange an introductory session and provide advice and assistance as necessary.

To arrange a visit, please email the Librarian at