The latest news from the Society

Heritage Open Day

Heritage Open Day 150 150 Nick Casswell

Our Open Day in September will be on Saturday 8th as part of the Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days programme. Our theme is Meet the Ancestors – Share their World. This will be a unique opportunity to view previously unseen images from an extensive collection of glass plates. These form part of a large museum collection with…

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Ayscoughfee 1940’s Weekend

Ayscoughfee 1940’s Weekend 150 150 Nick Casswell

  Spalding Gentlemen’s Society will be present at this popular event held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th August. There will be displays of memorabilia, period vehicles, re-enactors as well as dancing and a singer performing popular songs of the period. The Annual VJ Day Remembrance Parade will take place from 2:30pm on the Sunday…

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Festival of Archaeology 2018

Festival of Archaeology 2018 150 150 Dustin Frazier Wood

This weekend members of the Society will be taking part in the Festival of Archaeology at Ayscoughfee Hall. Join us in a range of activities for all ages including artefact identification, crafts, dig pits for the young (and young at heart) to try their hand at excavation. We’ll also be leading historic walks around Spalding…

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Applications for Fully-Funded PhD Studentship Now Open

Applications for Fully-Funded PhD Studentship Now Open 150 150 SGSocAdmin

Applications are now being accepted for a fully funded PhD studentship, ‘Antiquarianism, Science and Networks of Knowledge: The Archives of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, 1710-1760’. Funded by the AHRC’s Midlands3Cities (M3C) programme, the project operates as a collaboration between the University of Leicester and the SGS. The successful applicant will be able to formulate a…

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SGS Weathervane

SGS Weathervane 476 433 SGSocAdmin

This item is not in the museum, but rather on it. When walking past the museum, many may have noticed a ship perched upon the roof. That ship is in fact a weathervane. The weathervane came from the roof of the “Old Ship” warehouse in Double Street. It is shown on a view of the…

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Festival of Archaeology at Ayscoughfee

Festival of Archaeology at Ayscoughfee 500 453 SGSocAdmin

The Society joined forces with Ayscoughfee Hall to stage this very popular event from 20th to the 22nd of July. We welcomed nearly a thousand visitors who came to see the exhibitions and join in the activities. The feedback from visitors and volunteers alike was very positive. We congratulate Niki Hawley , Julia and her…

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Grants Success

Grants Success 150 150 SGSocAdmin

Members may have noticed electrical and associated works going on at the museum which should finish by the end of this month. We have been able to carry on activities around the work and hope not too much inconvenience has been caused. The work has been funded by The Arts Council through the agency of Museum…

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Annual Outing 2017

Annual Outing 2017 764 396 SGSocAdmin

On July 11th sixty Society members and guests accepted the invitation of the Duke of Buccleuch to visit his fine house at Boughton. We were treated to a full tour of the house with its magnificent paintings and beautifully furnished rooms. We were given a tour of the estate in the afternoon followed by the opportunity…

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An ‘Instrument of Torture’

An ‘Instrument of Torture’ 699 406 SGSocAdmin

Placed on the top of the Shell Cabinet in the Turner Gallery this small, 150 x 100, frame contains an ‘Instrument of Torture’. The caption tells us where it came from and who had ‘worn’ it on a particular date, but little else. So, who was Ethel Taylor; who were her family. I decided to…

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Armes & Memoires of ffamilies in Lincolnshire

Armes & Memoires of ffamilies in Lincolnshire 236 358 SGSocAdmin

Maurice Johnson “Armes & Memoires of ffamilies in Lincolnshire. Collected from Authentick Records, Rolls, MSS, & other Monuments of Antiquity & Creditt, & Authors cited” This is an exceptional example of early eighteenth-century antiquarian practice.  The manuscript volume bears a bookplate dated 1735, but was probably begun by Maurice Johnson c. 1720 and continued by…

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