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Louth Museum - a Journey of Discovery...

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...in a History Tardis

Louth Museum is an award winning visitor attraction in the historic market town of Louth, nestling at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds. There are four galleries, a library and a gift shop.

Louth Museum was refitted in 2006, celebrated its centenary in 2010, has won four Renaissance Heritage awards and the Lincolnshire Heritage Museum of the Year.


Louth Museum is open for its 2019 season

For its first exhibition of the year, Louth Museum turns the spotlight on a 100 Years of The RAF around Louth by holding an exhibition featuring our local RAF stations. The exhibition will run from Wednesday 3rd April until Saturday 1st June.

Exhibition: "100 years of the RAF around Louth" Read More...


Finds Day at Louth Museum

Thursday 16th May 10.30 am to 3.30 pm

Have you ever found an artefact in your garden, whilst out walking or metal-detecting and would love to find out more information about it? Then bring your finds along to Louth Museum for identification and recording on Thursday 16th May between 10.30 am and 3.30 pm when Dr Lisa Brundle of Lincolnshire Finds will be on hand to identify your objects.

Lisa will be able to offer you advice on the significance of your find and will create a record for it, if it is of archaeological significance. Lincolnshire Finds would like to know about everything that you have found - not just metal objects!

Every year thousands of archaeological objects are discovered by members of the public. These finds have the potential to tell us much about the past; how and where people used to live.


'Look what we've got!

Saturday 18th May 1.30 to 3.30 pm

An afternoon of fun activities for kids aged 6 - 10 years. Come to Louth Museum and discover how the Victorians loved to show off their wealth in their parlours. Let your kids enjoy an afternoon of history, craft and games at Louth Museum.

Your young time travellers will explore aspects of the Victorian parlour by looking at museum artefacts, hands-on exhibits, craft-making and playing games. There will be things for your kids to touch, create and play with - it will be an entertaining way for kids to learn about a Victorian parlour. Our aim is that through creating and exploring together kids will have an enjoyable and fun afternoon.

Places are strictly limited so pre-booking and enrolment are essential. Cost per child is £3.50 and for a child with an adult £5.00.

To enrol your child or children please telephone Sue on 01472 827661 or email her at info@louthmuseum.org.uk

Louth Museum welcomes young visitors - their journey of a lifetime of discovery starts with us.


Louth Museum's Guided Walks for 2019

Louth’s streets are filled with history and mystery with many stories to enthral and delight.

Why not take an informative walk through Louth and delve into its history with Louth Museum's experienced guides, and together, you will explore different aspects of Louth past with this collection of historical walks. Louth has some fantastic history and architecture and our walks have been especially written by our experienced guides to bring this to life. Take a walk with us and learn more about Louth and its past!

Louth Flood 1920 - A Walk of the Affected Areas of Louth

A guided walk to commemorate the 99th Anniversary of the tragic Louth Flood in which 23 people lost their lives and it will be led on behalf of Louth Museum by the respected local historian and author Dr Richard Gurnham

Wednesday 29th May

Time: 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm

Starting Place: Bridge Street Car Park, Louth

Finishing Place: Riverhead, Louth

Cost: £5.00 per person

Suitable clothing and footwear for walking is recommended.

Louth Town Centre, Early Industrial Louth and St James' Church

Wednesday 12th June

Time: 2.00 pm - 4.00 pm

Cost: £5.00 per person

Number limited to 30 people

Enquire at Louth Museum for starting place

Suitable clothing and footwear for walking is recommended.

More walks will be added so please keep checking back for details.


New for 2019!

Also new for our 2019 season, the cabinets in the Town Gallery will feature new exhibits, many of the items are newly on display, some have not been seen for several years and some have never on display before!

"Before Plastic" explores many everyday items before the advent of plastic! From toys, to buttons, to shoes, to bottles, to packaging, to hair accessories and more! See how we lived before plastic!

"1920s Fashion" explores the modernisation of fashion for women. In the 1920s fashion changed from the restrictive fashions of the Victorian and Edwardian period towards looser clothing which revealed more of a woman's arms and legs. This had begun during the Edwardian period with the rising of hemlines to the ankle and the movement away from corsets. The Roaring Twenties saw women wearing flapper dresses, bobbing their hair and embracing the new freedoms they found in the clothes they wore.

"All things Louth" which includes a display of Louth 17th century tokens. Between 1649 and 1660 there was a shortage of copper coinage and enterprising Louth traders began to issue these tokens because the shortage of small coins meant serious hardship for the very poorest of Louth's inhabitants. This will be the first time these tokens have been on display in the museum.

"Victorian Taxidermy" explores our collection of taxidermy. The world of Victorian taxidermy is an art form which divides opinion. Love it or hate it. The taxidermy produced by the Victorians was used by museums to show the beauty and wonder of the natural world to the public who would otherwise never have had the opportunity of seeing such creatures and it was extremely popular.


Discover:

  • The back-lit panoramic bird’s-eye view of Victorian Louth
  • Rocks and fossils of the Lincolnshire Wolds
  • 200,000 years of local archaeology
  • Brickmaking and printing
  • The disastrous Louth Flood of May 1920
  • The largest national collection of Victorian woodcarvings by Thomas Wallis of Louth
  • The story of the Ghost of the Green Lady
  • Carpets made in Louth
  • Bygones and domestic life
  • Birds butterflies and moths

A Local Independent Museum - Nationally Accredited - Quality Assured Lincolnshire Visitor Attraction founded in 1884 by Louth Naturalists', Antiquarian and Literary Society - Registered Charity No.1145436

Enjoy England Museum Development East Midlands Heritage Lottery Fund Art Fund Arts Council Acredited Museum