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Founded in 1884 by Louth Naturalists',
Antiquarian and Literary Society
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Visits and Lectures 2019

Louth Naturalists’, Antiquarian and Literary Society’s (“LNALS”) lectures take place at 7.30 p.m. in the Conoco-Phillips Room of Louth Library which situated between Eastgate and Northgate. The Conoco-Phillips Room is on the first floor of Louth Library and has full wheelchair access. Entry to our lectures for LNALS members costs £1.00 and non-members are most welcome, with an entry fee of £4.00 per person per lecture is payable on the night. Booking forms for our summer 2019 visits are available from Louth Museum or download from here. Please ensure that your completed booking form and payment is received by no later than Saturday 22nd June.

January – Lectures

Date Title
22nd St Hugh of Lincoln
  Talk by Canon Alan Hayday

Alan has given 50 years ordained ministry mainly in the Lincoln Diocese and was latterly Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral in Bahrain and Archdeacon in the Gulf.

His talk will detail the significance, then and now, of the life of St Hugh of Lincoln, Carthusian monk and Bishop of Lincoln 1186-1200.

29th Steps in the Dark
  Talk by Joe Willisch

Joe Willisch was born in 1924 in the Czech Republic. As a teenager his homeland fell to Germany and his life was changed forever. Surviving the war through physical strength, determination and intelligence, he got to Britain and made a new life.

Joe will talk about his happy boyhood with his Czech family, but how as an 18-year-old he was forced to leave, how he faced the fall-out of Hitler’s tyranny in Europe until changing his country and nationality. This talk is based on Joe’s book of the same title which was published in 2011.

February – Lectures

Date Title
5th Behind the Scenes – a Glimpse at Some of the Items in Louth Museum’s Collection
  Talk by Ruth Gatenby and Dita Lacey

Ruth is from a farm in East Yorkshire. She had a career in international agricultural development mainly in Asia, before settling in Manby in 1995. She joined the Louth Museum team in 2008 and is the Honorary Archivist.Dita is originally from Middlesex. She spent 40 years teaching in Cleethorpes and Grimsby, and happily moved to Manby 3 years ago. Louth Museum has about 13,000 accessioned items in its collection, but only a few hundred can be on display at any time. Here we will look at a range of items that are not normally on display.

12th Flying with the RAF Red Arrows Aerial Display Team
  Talk by serving pilots of the 'Reds'

19th The Special Repairs to Lincoln Cathedral in the 1920s
  Talk by Nigel Burn

Nigel is a former solicitor, a partner with Wilkin Chapman based in Lincoln. Since retiring he has become the leader of the roof guides at Lincoln Cathedral, where they explore the parts of the building described in this talk on a regular basis.

In the early 1920s a picture appeared in the London Times of Lincoln Cathedral, and underneath were the words” Cathedral collapsing”.

This was very nearly the literal truth. This talk deals with the emergency repairs to the cathedral that took place between the wars, and the fight to preserve the cathedral from complete destruction.

26th Remembering Lost Airmen – Memorials at Local Airfields and Crash Sites
  Talk by Jean Howard

Although born a Norfolk Dumpling, Jean considers herself almost a Yellerbelly now. She developed a deep affection for Lincolnshire through service on the county’s mobile libraries. This was strengthened during her 18 years as honorary curator of Louth Museum’s collection. She continues to lead occasional walks and tours in the county and to research a number of Lincolnshire subjects.

Jean’s interest in Lincolnshire history began in 1970s when she dealt with all local history enquiries in the east of the county. Although it is her husband who has the greatest interest in and knowledge of military history it is through a fascination with memorials and the story behind them that she has been drawn to tonight’s subject. Some of this material will also feature in the first of Louth Museum’s 2019 temporary exhibitions.

March – Lectures

Date Title
5th Lincolnshire’s Long Barrow Survey
  Talk by Neil Parker

Neil has worked all over England on sites ranging from prehistoric burials through to World War II crash sites. His main field of interest is the medieval period, particularly the agricultural aspects of the history and how it has shaped the landscape. He has specialised in the archaeology of standing structures and particularly enjoys recording farm complexes (a member of the Historic Farmsteads society). His interest in the long barrows is also architectural: they were the first architecture in Britain.

The talk will give an overview of the project and why it was commissioned. What it was hoped to achieve from the project; a summary of above ground remains; what can still be seen, where and how to see it; what can no longer be seen and why it no longer exists. It will detail below ground remains. What we have learnt through geophysical survey and excavation.

It will offer some differing interpretations and some thoughts as to position and the significance of the barrows to those who built them and the subsequent occupiers of the land.

12th The Ottaway Lecture - RSPB in South Lincolnshire
  Talk by Dr Chris Andrews

Chris originally qualified as a research chemist but underwent a career change and has been working for the RSPB since 2005. Career highlights have included standing chest deep in a Scottish loch as an osprey fished a few feet away, ploughing the ocean wave in search of puffins, and introducing many children to the joys of nature through bug-hunting and pond-dipping. He has been the Visitor Experience Manager at the RSPB’s Lincolnshire reserves since early 2013.

The RSPB has two nature reserves in south Lincolnshire, Frampton Marsh and Freiston Shore. This illustrated talk looks at the history of these reserves, some of the wildlife that calls them home, their current importance and offers a glimpse of where things may go in the future.

19th The Humble Pint – the Story of Beer, Drinking Establishments and Pint Mugs
  Talk by Tony Pygott

26th AGM and David Robinson Memorial Lecture - The Story of Gibraltar Point
  Talk by Barrie Wilkinson

Barrie was born in 1937 at Ingoldmells and has lived in Lincolnshire all his life except for four years in the RAF of which two and a half years were spent in Cyprus. He worked for the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust for 37 years, retiring in 2002. His book The Story of Gibraltar Point has just been published by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust

His lecture will be the story of Gibraltar Point from the mid-18th century to the present day.

July - Summer Outings

Date Title
7th Guided tour of the Scrivelsby Estate
  Led by Gail and Francis Dymoke

Guided Tour on the Scrivelsby Estate led by Gail and Francis Dymoke. Please park at the walled garden car park.

2.00 pm promptly - meet at the north door of St Benedict’s church.

We will begin with a talk in the church by Francis Dymoke about his forebears, their memorials and the family role as Monarchs’ Champion. We will visit the walled garden and view the Lion Gate, the Lion Lodge, the ice house, and the private gardens of Scrivelsby Court. We will conclude with hot drinks and cake in the farm office.

Distance is approx 1.5 miles on grassy surface. For those who find standing a problem a shooting stick is advised.

N.B. There are toilet facilities at the church and at the farm office.

Total Cost: per person £9.50 including refreshments. Booking forms for our summer 2019 visits are available from Louth Museum or download from here. Please ensure that your completed booking form and payment is received by no later than Saturday 22nd June.

28th Guided tour of the Welton le Wold quarry
  Led by Helen Gamble

Guided tour of the old quarry at Welton le Wold led by Helen Gamble from the Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service and Paul Hildreth of Brigg Geology Group.

Please park at the quarry car park, just beyond the speed restriction towards the Boswell crossroads.

This disused quarry is a nationally important geological site for its glacial tills and gravels, brought here by different ice advances. In the late 1960s, a collection of animal remains of straight-tusked elephant, bison, red deer and horse were found here, along with 3 Acheulian type hand axes and a flake, making the site the earliest showing human occupation in the region, between 330,000 and 200,000 years ago. The land is in private ownership and access has kindly been allowed for this afternoon. We shall be looking at the different glacial deposits and what they can tell us of their journey here and perhaps what the Wolds may have been like.

Distance is approximately 1 mile each way mainly on level grassy paths. For those who find standing a problem a shooting stick is advised.

2.00 pm promptly - meet in the quarry car park.

4.10 pm Drive to Welton le Wold church for hot drinks and cake.

N.B. The toilet facilities at the church will be accessible throughout the afternoon.

Total Cost: per person £5.50 including refreshments. Booking forms for our summer 2019 visits are available from Louth Museum or download from here. Please ensure that your completed booking form and payment is received by no later than Saturday 22nd June.

September – Lectures

Date Title
24th Alfred Tennyson: How He Speaks to Us Today
  Talk by Hazel Hale

Hazel has been teaching English Language and Literature throughout her career. She has taught in Schools, for the Open University, and in Adult Education and FE. She is currently teaching for the Workers’ Educational Association (Adult Education) at various locations in Lincolnshire, and her classes are open to all. Hazel teaches mainly Poetry, Linguistics (at present the history of English) as well as classic novels and Shakespeare.

Hazel will guide us through the delights of a selection of Alfred Tennyson’s poetry, with readings and commentary. She will argue that the ideas he explored in his poetry are still relevant to our lives today.

October – Lectures

Date Title
1st London’s Statues
  Talk by Horace Liberty

Horace has worked as a schoolteacher and Associate Lecturer with the Open University and has a wide range of interests. He is a member of the Betjeman Society and edits The Betjemanian, the annual journal of the Society.

This is an illustrated talk about the sometimes funny stories behind well-known public sculpture in London.

8th Windsor Chairs – the Lincolnshire Tradition of 1725-1825
  Talk by William Sergeant

Our speaker is a Lincolnshire farmer, born in the county, who has always had an interest in local history. This distilled into collecting vernacular chairs which in turn led to the development of his Lincolnshire Chair Museum. He is the UK's leading expert on Lincolnshire chairs and is the only person doing research into the subject. He is a leading member of the Regional Furniture Society, contributes to their publications and gives regular talks.

All previous authors writing on Lincolnshire Windsor chairmaking, state that the tradition started in the Thames Valley and spread north. The speaker's recent research cannot find any evidence to support that claim; indeed, he has shown that the earliest recorded Windsor chair maker in the world came from a remote village in the county of Lincolnshire. His talk now reveals the start of the tradition in Grantham was mainly due to one lady who employed several journeymen and had four children to support.

15th Lincoln Cathedral Connected – Changes to the Visitor Experience
  Talk by Mrs Fern Dawson MA

Having worked for over 10 years in the heritage sector, Fern joined the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project in 2015 as the Audience Development Officer, playing a key role in the submission of the second round Heritage Lottery Fund bid in 2016. Fern has continued to work as part of the project as the Collections & Engagement Officer, responsible for all non-archival collections and delivering activities that connect existing and new audiences with the Cathedral. A large part of this work is the development of exhibition spaces and interpretation, sharing long hidden treasures and stories that bring over a 1000 years of history to life.

This talk is an introduction to the Lincoln Cathedral Connected project and an exciting look at the new exhibition spaces and interpretation, which are due to be opened in 2020.

22nd From Timber to Stone – Learning how to Build in 11th Century Lincolnshire
  Talk by Dr Mark Gardiner

Mark Gardiner has worked in University College London (where he was the Deputy Director of the Field Archaeology Unit) and Queen’s University Belfast (where he was joint head of Archaeology-Palaeoecology). He is currently a Reader at the University of Lincoln and Director of Lincoln Conservation. He is also a Vice-President of the Royal Archaeological Institute and the Vice-President of Ruralia the European rural archaeology body. He has particular research interests in medieval buildings and in late medieval trade in the North Atlantic islands of Iceland and Shetland. Publications include over one hundred papers on aspects of the archaeology of the Middle Ages and a volume of fifteenth-century accounts of a Sussex manor.

During the eleventh century there was a huge upsurge in the building of stone churches. This required the opening of quarries, the spread of knowledge of how to cut stone and of how to build in masonry. Faced with this unfamiliar material, builders drew upon their experience of constructing in timber, and many of the features which we identify as ‘Anglo-Saxon’ in churches are derived from wooden buildings. New ideas about building from France, the development of a body of skilled craftworkers and the spread of concepts of geometry led to a gradual transformation of church construction. Close observation of the methods used in Lincolnshire churches allow these changes to be traced. Churches have often been considered from a stylistic perspective, but a study of the technology of building provides a complimentary view of changes in the eleventh and twelfth centuries.

29th The Wallis Lecture - Some New Thoughts on Louth Park Abbey
  Talk by Malcolm Locking

Malcolm was born in Grimsby but has lived in Louth since 1988. He graduated from Hull University in 1990 with an honours degree in regional and local history with his final dissertation work on Louth Park Abbey. Since retiring five years ago he has returned to studying, specialising in the Cistercian abbeys and priories of Lincolnshire.

His talk will concentrate on the history of Louth Park Abbey with reference to other abbeys and the post-Dissolution of the site.

November – Lectures

Date Title
5th Collecting and Caring for Textile Collections
  Talk by Andrea Martin

12th Lady under Fire – The Great War Letters of Lady Dorothie Feilding MM
  Talk by Nicola Hallam

Nicola Hallam is a qualified genealogist. The book that she and her husband put together – Lady Under Fire on the Western Front was published in 2010. Nicola is originally from Lincolnshire and now living back in the county after twenty years in Warwickshire.

Lady Dorothie Feilding drove ambulances on the front line in Flanders during the First World War. She wrote home almost daily. Using extracts from Lady Dorothie’s letters and her photos Nicola Hallam will take you through Lady Dorothie’s war: driving ambulances in the dark, being chased by shells, mud, fleas and inconvenient marriage proposals.

19th The Life of Catherine Parr Traill - Canadian Pioneer
  Talk by Anita Muchall

Anita is a retired Animal Nurse who is now very involved in running the Museum. She is also a keen genealogist and has been researching the Muchall family for over 25 years.

The subject of tonight’s talk is a very inspiring lady, who went from growing up in Reydon Hall, Suffolk to a log cabin in the Canadian wilderness, with her 8 children. Here she continued with her love of botany, writing, and learning from the native Indians (Indigenous People). At the time of her death she was the oldest authoress in Queen Victoria’s Commonwealth.

26th The Local Scene and Farming 1950–2000s through the Lens of the Late Hugh Walpole
  Talk by Chris Birchmore

Chris Birchmore was born and bred in Louth and is currently the longest serving Society Trustee. A keen photographer for many years, he is now using digital equipment, but continues to use film, from slides to negatives taken in huge plate cameras.

He has a particular interest in photographic archives, owning the H.L. Howe collection and has recently been heavily involved as an advisor and in recording the E Wood and D Briggs collections gifted to the Society by the late David Robinson. He provides a darkroom printing service to the Museum using Plate Enlargers, which allowed the Society to put on an exhibition of these two collections during 2016.

When Hugh Walpole died in 2017, his archive of work was offered to the Louth Photographic Society (LPS) where Hugh had been a member for over 40 years. Chris, a member of the LPS since 1991, took the collection in order to preserve it as a local historic record.

Hugh Walpole was born at North Cotes in 1929, one of three boys. His father had recently gone into farming after selling a motor car dealership in Grimsby. In the 30s the family moved to Fotherby Grange Farm, moving finally to White House Farm in 1947. All the brothers would go into farming.

Hugh started his hobby of photography relatively young. Although he would take a lot of black and white photographs, he had begun taking colour slides and movie film by the early 1950s, using cine till the 70s. Using both 35mm and 120 film colour slides for many years, he was able to record the rapidly changing face of farming, scenes of Louth and his own village.

A founder member of the Louth Photographic Society in 1956, he went on to be secretary of the Cine Section. Hugh was a member of the Royal Photographic Society and the prestigious London Camera Club and was the unofficial “photographic archivist” of Utterby.

Our Past 'Visits and Lectures'

Visits and Lectures (2018)
Visits and Lectures (2017)
Visits and Lectures (2016)
Visits and Lectures (2015)
Visits and Lectures (2014)
Visits and Lectures (2013)
Visits and Lectures (2012)


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