Blue Plaque unveiled for Museum Founder

A blue plaque was unveiled on Thursday 9th November 2017 in honour of the man who founded Grantham Museum, Henry Preston.

The plaque was unveiled by Grantham Civic Society Chairman, Courtney Finn with Grantham Mayor Cllr. Mike Cook, his wife Marjorie Cook and Father Stuart Craddock.

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Mr Finn said: “Henry Preston was an amazing man. He taught technical evening classes as early as 1874 and founded the Grantham Scientific Society in 1890 and with it Grantham Museum. Its new building, opened by Henry, was completed in 1926 and of course it is still here today.”

Mr Preston was born in 1852 and lived and contributed to the town until the day he died at his home at 52, Cambridge Street in 1940.

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Spitting Image puppet takes centre stage in refurbished Margaret Thatcher exhibit

The iconic puppet, which was put into storage in 2012, will take centre stage for a limited time only, as part of the museum’s permanent new Margaret Thatcher exhibit.

Museum volunteers have been working around the clock to get the exhibit, which includes a mock-up of Margaret Thatcher’s bedroom, ready for its official opening tomorrow.

Grantham Museum project director David Burling said: “We have enhanced and augmented what is already here with an updated timeline showcasing many of her political and life events.”

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Spitting Image is a British satirical puppet show series produced for Central Independent Television over 18 series, which aired on the ITV network and featured puppet caricatures of celebrities prominent during the 1980s and 1990s, including British Prime Ministers and other politicians, but Margaret Thatcher who was the Prime Minister of Britain between 1979 and 1990 is still one of the most memorable characters.

David added: “Everyone has been asking for the puppet back, so we are delighted to be able to display it once more. It has been in storage for over five years so it will be the perfect addition to the Margaret Thatcher exhibition. Regardless of what you thought of Margaret Thatcher, Spitting Image was groundbreaking in its day.”

The exhibition opened with a splash of publicity from the Grantham Journal to the BBC.

The puppet will be with Grantham Museum for a limited time so ensure you take the opportunity to get down to the museum and see her up close.

“Tales of Grantham” – Popular series of talks adds new dates.

Three more dates have been added to the popular series of talks “Tales of Grantham” being held at Grantham Museum. These talks have covered a wide range of topics about the history and heritage of Grantham and these new dates are sure to be popular.

Thursday 6th July – 10:30am – Poetry throughout our lives. Grantham nostalgia – Richard Titley

Thursday 20th July, – 10:30am – “Creating Museum Exhibitions”, Christine Robbins:

Thursday 27th July, – 10:30am – “Your ancestors, their secrets and stories. Family History”, Peter Reichelt

Admission is free and all donations go to the upkeep of Grantham Museum

 

Grantham Museum receives donation from Swimarathon Fund

On 29th June 2017 two of our directors, Christine Robbins and Alison Paxton, attended a presentation ceremony at St Wulfram’s Church and were proud to receive a £250 donation to the Museum from the Rotary Club of Grantham. Alison Paxton said “We’d like to say thank you to all those who help to organise and take part in the annual Rotary Swimarathon which raises so much money for local charities and good causes“.

“As a charity, Grantham Museum relies completely on the good will and donations from the Grantham & the surrounding areas community. Our volunteers and staff are profoundly grateful for the support we received to keep the history of Grantham alive”.

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Thank you Christine

Today we’d like to recognise the hard work of our volunteer Exhibitions Director Christine Robbins. 


Christine gives countless hours of her time to the museum, planning, researching and installing exhibitions. 

She’s helped us form strong links with organisations throughout Grantham and beyond, she works with groups of museum volunteers deciding how to improve our permanent exhibitions, she gives talks and radio interviews, and always helps out at our many fundraising events. 

She’s a great ambassador for the museum and we’re very proud of her. 

Thank you Christine.

Mayor Making reception

It was a pleasure to host the Mayor Making reception at Grantham Museum on 25th May 2017. Over a hundred invited guests were welcomed to celebrate the election of Cllr. Mike Cook to be the Mayor of Grantham 2017/2018.

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We congratulate Cllr. Cook and look forward to the new Mayoral year.

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Annual General Meeting

The Annual General meeting for Grantham and Community Heritage Association was held on 19th April 2017 at Grantham Museum.

The meeting was attended my members, volunteers staff and directors of the Museum.

Malcolm Robbins was elected Chairman of GCHA and will continue the work that he and the board have undertaken to review and refresh the organisation ready for the next five years of the project.

Minutes of this meeting are available on request by emailing info@granthammuseum.org.uk or in writing to Grantham Museum, St. Peter’s Hill, Grantham, NG31 6PY.

Antiques & Anecdotes

We are delighted that BBC Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum will be giving a talk at Grantham Museum on Monday 29th May 2017. He’ll be entertaining us with anecdotes from his career as well as discussing and valuing antiques.
Tickets are £10 (to include a glass of wine/juice and nibbles).
You can buy the tickets by visiting the Museum or clicking on the Buy Now icon below:

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Tales of Grantham – Grantham High Street – 50 years of change

Announcing an exciting new project – the brainchild of Museum Volunteer Anna Ward’Tales of Grantham’ is a series of talks by local people on aspects of the town and county’s past and present

Anna says ‘”There’s a huge range of knowledge and experience in the town that deserves to be better known. These free talks on Thursday mornings 10.30 – 11.30 will bring together people with local stories to tell, and people who want to know more about the town. it will be very informal, and we hope that people who come will share their own reminiscences and stories”