Heritage Network 21/11/2020


The third Heritage Network event was held online on Saturday 21st November 2020 and, building on the success of the earlier events, there were 23 people participating from 15 different organisations. 

I think we have all been hit hard by the ongoing pandemic and by the latest national lockdown that has meant that museums have been closed and meetings and events have all had to be cancelled. The response has been to increasingly move activities online by developing website access and holding remote talks and lectures that have attracted large audiences. The focus of this Heritage Network Event was to share experiences and ideas on how to manage during the pandemic as well as how we as a group can work together in the future. 

Some of the possible ideas discussed at the meeting are shown below. 

Fen and Wold Heritage Network:

To build a network of mutually supporting organisations as a ‘centre for fenland studies’ to share information and knowledge as well as promote the the heritage and attractions of the region.

Fen and Wold Heritage Website:

To develop a shared website with access to all participating organisations enabling them to link and promote their activities and projects.


To put in place a programme of training initially focussing on the development of IT skills including website development and management and the use of social media to raise the profile of organisations. 

Joint Projects:

To investigate the possibilty of joint projects including training, education and engagement, e.g. joint exhibitions, publications and conferences. 

Grant Funding:

To seek funding opportunities to help develop and support the heritage network.

The date for the next online networking event is Saturday 20th February 2021, details to follow. If you know of other groups or individuals to include in the network please let me have their contact details and I will send them an invitation.  The aim of the next session will be to build on the ideas from this meeting and hopefully to discuss   launching the programme of training. If there any other topics you would like to talk about at the next session let me know and I will include them on the programme.


The table below shows the contact information for the organisations involved in the Local History Network sponsored by Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. If any of the details are incorrect or you would like to provide more information then please email outreach@sgsoc.org. If there are any other group who would like to be added to the list then please get in touch.

Organisation Interests Contact (email)
Ayscoughfee Hall Medieval merchant’s house and local history museum. www.sholland.gov.uk/ayscoughfee-hall 


Boston Hanse Group History of the Hanseatic League in Boston www.bostonhanse.co.uk 


Chain Bridge Forge Museum Blacksmith’s museum and local history archive. www.heritagesouthholland.co.uk/chain-bridge-forge 


Cranwell Aviation Heritage Museum Aviation and local history. www.community.lincolnshire.gov.uk/cranwellaviationheritagemuseum


Deepings Heritage Local history of the Deepings. www.deepingsheritage.wordpress.com 


Fane Road Archaeology Group (FRAG) Archaeology of Peterborough. www.peterborougharchaeology.org/frag-fane-road-archaeology-group


FenArch Archaeology of the Fenlands. www.fenarch.org.uk 


Fleet Delvers Local history of Fleet and surrounding area. joanwoolard38@gmail.com 
Gosberton Local History Group History of Gosberton and South Holland. www.gosberton.org/clubs-societies/gosberton-amp-district-local-history-society 
Heritage Lincolnshire History and heritage of Lincolnshire. www.heritagelincolnshire.org


Organisation Interests Contact (email)
Holbeach Cemetery Chapels Local history. www.holbeachcemeterychapels.org 


Louth Museum History of Louth and surrounding area. www.louthmuseum.org.uk


Oxford Archaeology East Archaeology. www.oxfordarchaeology.com

Clemency Cooper


Peakirk Archaeological Survey Team (PAST) Local history and archaeology of Peakirk. www.peakirkvillage.co.uk 

Avril Lumley-Prior


Peterborough Archive Services Archive of Peterborough records. www.discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk 


Pinchbeck Engine Museum Industrial Archaeology. www.wellandidb.org.uk/about-us/our-museum 


Red Barn Creative Heritage, creativity, craft and digital skills. www.redbarncreative.org.uk 

Lorena Hodgson


Sleaford Civic Trust Heritage and history of Sleaford. www.sleafordcivictrust.btck.co.uk


Sleaford Museum Local history. www.sleafordmuseum.org.uk 
Spalding Gentlemen’s Society Museum, archive and research hub for general and local history www.sgsoc.org


Spalding U3A History Group General and local history. David Lawson


Strawberry Glass Stained glass crafts. www.strawberryglass.co.uk 

Gillian Wing


Organisation Interests Contact (email)
Trigge Library Sixteenth century library. www.discoverstwulframs.org.uk/the-trigge-library 
West Deepings Heritage Group Local history and heritage. www.wdheritage.wordpress.com 


Wisbech and Fenland Museum Local history of Wisbech and the Fenland www.wisbechmuseum.org.uk 


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