Our historic county is celebrated

The annual festival of Lincolnshire history and culture returned over the last couple of weekends, this year adapted to meet the challenge of the coronavirus.

Sleaford Museum. Nigel Ogden of Heckington EMN-200914-094155001

This year’s Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days took place from September 11 to September 20 on a theme of The Past and Pastimes.

The free event programme was a mix of socially distanced events at venues for pre-booking and some virtual tours and experiences.

Hannah Thompson, from the organisers, Heckington-based Heritage Lincolnshire, said: “We are so proud that we have been able to continue with some great events that really showcase the amazing heritage places and organisations we have within our county.”

Heckington Windmill. L-R Keldan Brooks 9 and Freyja Brooks 7 with windmill tour guide Tom Wood (Duke of Edinburgh volunteer) EMN-200914-094134001

Among the local venues were Cogglesford Water Mill which had a Victorian day and Heckington Windmill, as well as Silk Willoughby church which hosted a photographic display. There were virtual tours of Roman Ancaster and a guided walk around Sempringham Priory on the story of the county’s St Gilbert. Sleaford Museum hosted a pop up exhibition on recent surveys of Sleaford Castle.

Heckington Windmill. Andy and Krys Harwood. EMN-200914-094144001
Cogglesford Mill. Debbie Scott - heritage assistant. EMN-200914-094216001
Sleaford Museum. Museum assistant John Dale. EMN-200914-094206001