The Cottage Museum is a joy to explore and packed with intriguing stories and displays about Woodhall Spa, the local area and the Wield family, who lived in the building from 1887 until the 1960’s. The Museum building itself is an important Museum exhibit. It is a rare surviving example of a bungalow constructed of corrugated iron on a wooden frame that was erected in the late nineteenth century. John Wield (1877-1965) was a keen photographer and his photographic collection is the basis of the Museum. The collection of images is a unique and valuable record of life in Woodhall Spa and includes images of both people and the local area.
A new temporary exhibition on the story of the popular Jubilee Park is now on show.
The display explores the development of the site and the role of Lady Weigall and Sir Archibald in the creation of what was originally called Royal Jubilee Park. Visitors will be invited to share their memories of this community park which opened in 1935.
Workshops for schools
Two KS1 and KS2 cross-curricular workshops can be booked by schools. ‘Toys and Games – Past and Present’ will use a selection of photographic images from the Collection to help pupils learn about the Wield family who lived in the bungalow in Victorian and Edwardian times. Pupils will be able to play some period games, dress as a Victorian, listen to stories about the donkeys at the Museum and make a simple toy or game.
Photographs from the collection will be used in the Shopping Past and Present’ workshop to help pupils discover the shopping experience in times gone by. The workshop will include dressing in Victorian costume, visiting the shop and using pre-decimal currency, plus weighing activities and investigating packaging and brand names.
To find out more about school visits please visit the schools section of the web-site.
Group visits – welcome all year round!
Group visits to the Museum are welcome all year round. Guided tours of the Museum can be arranged in addition to talks on specific themes. If you are interested in bringing a group, or finding out what is available, please do contact the Museum to discuss your requirements.
Cottage Museum receives Award for Excellence
The Cottage Museum received the prestigious Award for Excellence at the bi-annual Lincolnshire Heritage Award Ceremony which took place at Gainsborough Old Hall on the 10th July 2014. The museum was also highly commended for the Inspiration award category for their submission ‘The Future of Woodhall Spa Museum. The awards celebrate the work taking place in museums, historic houses and heritage sites across the county. This year the entries were judged by David Sleight (Dean of Public Engagement, University of Lincoln, Emma Tatlow (Visit Lincoln Partnership Manager) and Steve LeMottee (Executive Director of East Midland Museum Service). The Cottage Museum recently underwent a significant redevelopment supported by funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Jackie Goodall, who played a key role in the redevelopment and is closely involved with a variety of heritage initiatives, was presented with an award to acknowledge her ‘outstanding contribution to Lincolnshire Heritage’