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Snowy pictureVictorian Christmas

The Cottage Museum is usually closed to visitors in the Winter months but this year is opening on Friday 5th, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th December from 10.00am – 4.00pm for a very special Victorian Christmas event.

The Museum will be magically decorated for a traditional Christmas. Visitors will be able to meet Museum volunteers and discover intriguing facts about the traditional festivities and customs associated with mid-winter celebrations.

Discover the story behind the Christmas cracker, find out about the very ancient tradition of bringing greenery into the home in mid-winter, view the seasonal ‘Magic Lantern’ Show in a wintry Woodhall Spa in times gone by and explore the home of the Wield family which was constructed in Victorian times. Simple seasonal crafts will be available over the three days and intermittent story-telling and music will take place by the Christmas tree.

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 (1877-1964) 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. The Museum recently underwent a substantial redevelopment opening in 2013 with new displays and interpretation, funded primarily by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Cottage Museum will be open from 10.00am – 4.00pm on the 5th, 6th and 7th December with normal admission charges of £2.00 per person with concessions.


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’ Current projects include:

wartime woodhallProject Wartime Woodhall 1914-18 Exhibition

Combined Wartime Woodhall Committee and Cottage Museum partnership This project asking the community for their memories, knowledge, letters, medals, memorabilia of Woodhall’s fallen 1914-18. The exhibition which features local memorials is now open and will run until the end of August 2014 in the Cottage Museum. For more informationHERE>>>

An Exhibition and Commemorative evening in partnership with the U3A on  October 18th 2014


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