Archives
Personal Memories
These memories have been collected by our Members from older residents in the town and often provide detail that cannot be found on the pages of books.
Historical Documents Inventory

The Society's collection of maps, articles, books, tapes and photographs, etc., now available in our Archive centre at the Joseph Banks Centre on Bridge Street in Horncastle.

In addition, we are delighted to have received a donation of many historical documents relating to the town from the renowned local historian David Robinson OBE. Listing will appear when they have been catelogued.

A donation from Horncastle Town Council has enabled us to have several of our books rebound.

The Archive Room is open each Wednesday from 10.00am to 12.30pm or by appointment on 01507 622749

New Virtual Exhibition - The Horncastle Railway

Following the success of our Virtual VE Day Exhibition, and with the Archives still closed because of the pandemic we have launched a brand new virtual exhibition.

Its focus is the story of the Horncastle Railway as part of our plans to mark the 50th anniversary of its closure on the 5th April 1971.

Our volunteers have tracked down photographs, plans, and objects, many of which have never been seen before. If restrictions continue to ease we hope to stage a physical exhibition at the Joseph Banks Centre in the summer.

Visit the virtual exhibition https://horncastlejbc.info/railway


Virtual Exhibition of Horncastle in Wartime

When the town’s VE Day anniversary celebrations had to be cancelled because of the coronavirus pandemic, we knew we couldn’t let the day go by unmarked. So our volunteers decided to collect memories, objects, and photos from the community about the town in wartime and on VE Day itself.

The virtual exhibition includes shares stories of how Horncastle celebrated VE Day with the biggest party in its history, as well as memories of soldiers stationed here, air raids on the town, the home front and war in the countryside.

Thanks to memoirs donated by their families, we have also been able to uncover fascinating first hand accounts of some of Horncastle's soldiers overseas.

You will also find a virtual roll of honour where we are collecting information on the lives of the men named on the town's war memorial. If you have photos or further information you'd like to share, please get in touch.

 

Recent Archive Donations

The Society is most grateful for the continuing donations to our now extensive collections of documents and photographs etc., relating to the town.

Mortons' Almanaks 1933/34/35-Brian Lovely                                  21 books relating to Horncastle- Pearl Wheatley                            All David Vale's original sketches for the book 'Horncastle Then &  Now' - Pete Harness                      William Marwood collection of letters, pictures, biography items- Paul Scott