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AGM 2020 150 150 Nick Casswell

AGM 2020

Our 2020 AGM was held on Wednesday 30th September. It was a closed meeting organised under the emergency arrangements allowed during the pandemic.

The President and Secretary were present and the quorum was made up of proxies submitted by the membership.

We are very grateful to the 107 members who sent in proxy forms either by post or electronic means.

All resolutions were passed.

In the letter that accompanied the AGM Notice we did ask members to raise any questions they might wish to bring up.

Two were received.

Q. The March Newsletter raised serious concerns about the central heating system. What has been the outcome?

A. At the time of the March Newsletter there were suggestions that the central heating system had a leak. If true this could have been serious and potentially expensive to correct. In the event it turned out there was no leak and our central heating engineer is now satisfied with the integrity of the system.

Q. The March newsletter also noted that negotiations for expansion next door had reached an impasse, raising the question about continued occupation of the present building. The September Newsletter mentions the acquisition of some off-site storage space and the re-organisation of displays. What plans are being considered/implemented for the long term future of the Society and the financial means by which this could be funded?

A. Council continues to investigate all possible solutions to our problems. The Society needs more exhibition space, and we continue to seek either an extension to our present building or a suitable alternative. It is clear that we do not have funding in hand for either solution. We are actively seeking grant funding, but do not expect this to be easy to obtain. As the recent newsletter mentioned we are pursuing the possibility of off-site storage for both library and artifacts. We have received funding from Historic England for a major structural survey of the Museum. The report is due in November. We will endeavour to keep members informed of this and other developments.

Cancellation of lecture 150 150 Nick Casswell

Cancellation of lecture

We regret that the final lecture of the season arranged for March 27th has been cancelled.

March 15th Open Sunday cancelled 150 150 Nick Casswell

March 15th Open Sunday cancelled

We will not be opening to the public on March 15th as we had planned due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

We have a particular problem with our restricted washroom facilities and are conscious of the need to keep our visitors and volunteers safe.

Society member’s amazing Lindisfarne find 150 150 Nick Casswell

Society member’s amazing Lindisfarne find

Viking era gaming piece on Lindisfarne.

 

Society member Heather Casswell was given an unusual birthday treat. Son Christopher invited Mum to join in an archaeological dig he was co-directing at Lindisfarne for DigVentures and the University of Durham.

As Heather was carefully trowelling away  she discovered a curious glass object. It was sent to the finds room where there was immediate excitement at what it just might be, a Viking era gaming piece.

Subsequent research has confirmed the find which has been reported in the national press this week.

More information and an animated 3D image can be found on DigVentures website https://digventures.com/2020/02/stunning-1200-year-old-glass-king-gaming-piece-found-on-lindisfarne/

 

 

Open Sunday 150 150 Nick Casswell

Open Sunday

Our next Open Sunday is on February 16th.

The Broad Street Museum will be open from 2pm to 4pm.

All are welcome. There is no need to book or be part of an organised tour.

Take your time to look round our extraordinary range of local, exotic and curious collections.

The curator has put together a display case featuring ‘Crime and Punishment’.

 

Our friendly guides will try and answer any questions you may have and tell you more about the Society.

Next Open Sunday in February 150 150 Nick Casswell

Next Open Sunday in February

We will be giving our hard working stewards a rest in January. Our next Open Sunday will be on February 16th.

 

More details will be posted towards the end of January.

 

Happy New Year

Open Sunday December 29th 150 150 Nick Casswell

Open Sunday December 29th

Our December Open Sunday will be on the 29th not the third Sunday in the month.

We hope this will give Christmas holiday visitors to Spalding a chance to look round our intriguing museum.

You will find one or two new displays, including one incorporating some of our unique archival material with early Society artefacts.

We will be open between 2pm and 4:30pm. There is no admission charge, no need to book and no need to be part of a guided tour.

 

Explore the museum at your leisure. Our friendly guides will do their best to answer any questions you may have.

Christmas gifts from years gone by?

Open Sunday 150 150 Nick Casswell

Open Sunday

The Museum will be open to the public and members alike on Sunday November 17th between 2pm and 4pm.

 

There is no need to pre-book and you do not have to take part in a guided tour. Take your time to explore the varied and curious items in our collection. Our friendly stewards will try and answer any questions you may have and tell you more about our amazing Society.

Open Sunday 150 150 Nick Casswell

Open Sunday

The Museum will be open to the public and members alike on Sunday October 20th between 2pm and 4pm.

 

There is no need to pre-book and you do not have to take part in a guided tour. Take your time to explore the varied and curious items in our collection. Our friendly stewards will try and answer any questions you may have and tell you more about our amazing Society.

Heritage Open Day September 22nd 150 150 Nick Casswell

Heritage Open Day September 22nd

Our next Open Day is on Sunday September 22nd. The Museum will be open to the public between 11:00 and 16:00. There is no need to book, no admission charge and you are free to wonder round at your leisure. Our friendly guides will be happy to try and answer questions. This event is part of a national heritage event.

Special displays

On this occasion we will be celebrating William Stukeley, often described as the forefather of British archaeology, an early member of our Society.

We will show practical museum conservation techniques with a close look at ‘smocking’ giving us a chance to display some items of rural costume seldom exhibited.

There will also be a rolling display of projected images taken from our  collection of magic lantern plates which  show rare views of Spalding and the surrounding villages.

 

We hope to see as many of you as possible on the day!