Our Archives have a new home!!!
We had to leave our Archive Centre in the Sir Joseph Banks Centre in Bridge Street, Horncastle, by the summer.
A new home has been found for the priceless Archives which tell the story of the Lincolnshire market town of Horncastle, from its Roman origins to today, thanks to a widespread search by the public, Horncastle Town Council and local groups.
It was feared that without permanent secure accommodation, the archives would be scattered to members' homes and cellars, without any means for public access and study.
Now Horncastle Photographic Society has offered the use of a room in its historic Watson's School premises in Watson’s Yard, West Street, in Horncastle, once an early infant school.
"This is excellent news; we're thrilled” said History & Heritage Society Chairman, Mary Silverton. "We hope to make the move from mid-May to mid-June and already have offers of help for the physical move of the archives – no small feat, considering the weight of old papers, photographs, maps and books”.
We think this is going to be mutually beneficial to both organisations and is a fairytale ending to what could have been a nightmare situation.
The people of the town, Councillors, businessmen and our members have all offered support and we should like to thank them all for help in achieving this satisfactory ending.
In view of the interest shown we will be holding an Archive Open Day on June 17th at the Community Centre. This is also National Civic Day so is felt to be very appropriate. Please come along.
The new Archive Centre is open from 24th May 2017 - please visit us there.
Society's New Publication
'Horncastle's Great War'
by Colin Gascoyne & Mary Silverton
|Horncastle's Great War|
In 2014 the Society, together with other groups from the town, held an exhibition to mark the beginning of the Great War. This involved a great deal of research into the lives of the men who were remembered on the memorials to the dead in the town and also the effect the war had on Horncastle. It was felt that this research should be used to write the above book as a permanent memorial to the men who died and the people of the town who lived through that period of history.
The book tells their stories and, we think, enhances the names on the memorials. It gives an insight into their personalities and their thoughts, and the kind of people they were. It also tells how the people of the town coped with losing so many of their young men, how they coped with food shortages and their generosity in helping the soldiers recovering at the hospital.
Copies priced at £16.50 will be on sale from the end of September 2016. They can be obtained from Perkins Newsagents and other local bookstores.
To order and pay by cheque please follow the link below and complete the order form, and send with a cheque to the address shown on the order form:
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Meetings are held approx. every six weeks at the Admiral Rodney Hotel on North Street.
A speaker is generally invited to every other meeting, whilst the ordinary meetings give Members an opportunity to contribute to the business of the Society.
Non-members are very welcome to attend to see if this is the kind of group they wish to get involved with.
See 'About Us' for details of next meeting.
Alan Maskell talking about the history of the Fire Brigade in the town.
Note: This meeting will be at our new premises- Watson's Infant School, West Street.
Parking available at Fiskneys
|Working for the town|
Protecting and Enhancing
Working with the Town and District Councils on planning and conservation issues, to protect Horncastle's historic environment but also trying to make it an even more pleasant and interesting place to live and work.
We love to discover more about our town. Its history going back to Roman times and before and the influences of the railways and canals on its prosperity and the effect of the huge horsefairs on its social evolvement. We invite you to share it all with us.
Preserving our history
TheSociety's archive centre at the Sir Jospeph Banks Centre contains lots of information about the town. It has a large photograph collection.
The DVD 'Horncastle Yesterday and Today' first produced in 2006 as a follow up to the 'Now & Then' book is again on sale at Perkins Newsagents and the Sir Joseph Banks' Centre for £9.99.