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Grantham Book Festival returns this November

Grantham Writers is launching its second annual book festival this November, following the success of last year’s inaugural event.

Grantham Book Festival 2018 will be held at Grantham Museum on St Peter’s Hill on November 3rd from 10am until 4pm.

New for this year is a poetry slam, where participants will be able to compete for the cash prize of £100. The competition will be hosted by multi award winning poet Sue Gerrard alongside Peter Clawson, one of the founding members of Grantham Writers. There will be a small charge of £3 per poem (with a maximum of three entries per person) and the group is keen to encourage writers of all ages and abilities, from across the East Midlands, to take part. 

Visitors to the book festival will also be able to enjoy six talks from local authors, who will be reading extracts from their books, answering questions and carrying out book signings throughout the day.

Confirmed authors include Lisa J Rivers who has published a number of books, including popular poetry collection Why I have so Many Cats?, as well as Grantham Writers own Riis Marshall. Riis is currently working on the follow up to his first published novel – a political thriller called Nudge Nudge Wink Wink Die, which follows the adventures of Os Doran, a Close Protection Security Consultant. 

In addition, there will be 24 stalls, selling a wide variety of books and some gifts. 

Peter Clawson said, “We are thrilled to be holding our second annual book festival and are in the process of getting a great line up of authors involved. 

“The event will be a fantastic way to celebrate the local writing talent that we have in and around Grantham, as well as provide a platform to encourage and inspire more writers in the area to share their work.

Craft Market – 1 week today

On 27th October, 20 fabulous local crafters will be descending on Grantham Museum to showcase their wonderful products. Perfect gifts for all the family.

Free entry, refreshments available. Christmas shopping sorted.

Lawrence of Arabia’: T.E. Lawrence in Word and Image

This selling exhibition on the fascinating life and oeuvre of T.E. Lawrence, created by Type & Forme, is open to the public at the Grantham Museum from 4-27 October 2018 during Museum opening hours (see below). Lawrence’s Lincolnshire connections and the portraits made for Seven Pillars of Wisdom are among the highlights.

Festival Science Salon at Grantham Museum wins National Lottery support

The Interactive Science Salon which is being held at Grantham Museum as part of the Gravity Fields Festival has received a National Lottery grant of £29,500 made possible by money raised by National Lottery players.

An electronic globe takes centre stage of a packed programme at the Science Salon in Grantham Museum. The globe features the voyages of Lincolnshire-born botanist Sir Joseph Banks, who, 250 years ago, travelled with Captain Cook on HMS Endeavour to Australia.

Volunteers in Grantham have been working at the Museum to research the Banks voyages to Newfoundland, Australia and Iceland to create the interactive globe with Edinburgh based specialist designers Pufferfish.

Grantham Museum is also hosting a display of drawings by Lincolnshire philosopher William Stukeley, who lived in Grantham for 4 years from 1726 to 1730.

There is also an exhibition of antiquarian books by Grantham-based specialists Type and Forme, and a flower show organised by Sue Hodgson of Flowers by Holland with members of the Grantham Flower Club – all inspired by the countries visited by HMS Endeavour.

Talks and discussions include the opportunity to meet TV, radio and theatre scriptwriter Louise Page who will be hosting a Tea Talk each day at Grantham Museum from Wednesday 26-Saturday 29 September and sharing history and science daily from 2.30pm to 3.30pm.

The project is managed by heritage and arts production company Fete Day led by the Gravity Fields Festival Curator Rosemary Richards.

She has focused on the legacy of Sir Joseph Banks, who grew up at Revesby Abbey.  Research on the project involved visits to Revesby, the Joseph Banks Centre and Society in Horncastle and Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, where Banks and Sir Isaac Newton were members.

In 1768, when HMS Endeavour set sail, Banks already had the experience of an earlier voyage to explore Newfoundland. He later funded his own voyage to Iceland.

David Burling, Director of Grantham Museum, said: “We are very proud to be hosting these events for the Gravity Fields festival and look forward to welcoming everyone to the Interactive Science Salon.”

Jonathan Platt who is Head of HLF East Midlands adds ‘it is great that were have been able to support this exciting and innovative project with funding from National Lottery players’

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Albert Ball exhibition opens 16th August 2018

How did the former Grantham King’s School pupil become the first celebrity flying ace of World War One?

Killed in 1917 aged just 20 and awarded a posthumous VC, his courage, determination and daring boosted British morale at a time when Allied fortunes were at their lowest ebb.

Come and find out with a brand new exhibition opening on 16th August 2018 at Grantham Museum.

Charity Cricket Match

Grantham Museum is delighted to announce a Charity Cricket Match is to be held at Belvoir Cricket Club on August 17th from 6pm.

Amanda Schonhut, Fundraising Director said “We are very pleased and proud to announce a great evening of family fun and entertainment, working with the fabulous support of Belvoir Cricket Club, to help raise vital funds for our Museum.

The Club Chairman Mr Andrew Dann, the club and team have been fantastic in helping put together what I am sure will be a great evening for all to enjoy. Without the support of local community groups and the people of Grantham our Museum would cease to continue. Our own Grantham Museum Team are bracing ourselves for the challenge of a great game of Cricket, with much more to enjoy on this evening of fun packed family entertainment”.

Mr Dann added “Belvoir CC are proud to announce to a mixed BCC side will play a “Grantham Museum all-star team” in a 20 over match to raise much needed funds for the Grantham Museum. Keeping the doors open at the museum is something I am personally very keen to assist with, and when I was asked to help, albeit in a small way, I thought a cricket match was an obvious choice. If the doors close on the museum it will be gone for ever, future generations will not have the opportunity to see what our local town has to offer. So please come to the BCG on the 17 August for a 6/6,30 start. The bar will be open, BBQ on, a raffle and lots of opportunity to show your support of one of our local landmarks”.

Entrance is free and donations for Grantham Museum are welcome.

Gravity Fields Workshop

TAKE PART IN PLANNING A PROFESSIONAL EXHIBITION

FOR GRAVITY FIELDS FESTIVAL – BASED AT GRANTHAM MUSEUM

• Are you interested to learn more, as a volunteer, about exhibitions, history research or photography?

• Would you like to help us plan a fantastic interactive globe exhibition as part of the Gravity Fields Festival?

• Are you available for 4 days from the 30th July to the 2nd August?

• Are you 16+? (and maybe looking to stand out on university applications, or want to help out on a festival project, or perhaps a  more mature local historian)?

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If you’ve answered ‘Yes’ to the above, we want to hear from you! Please email….. your name and availability details for the 30 July to 2 August, to production@feteday.co.uk .  Or text Rosemary on 07879 405262 and Rosemary will return your call.

The project will include trips to the Joseph Banks centre in Horncastle, Revesby Abbey and in your own time further research with travel funded by the project.  If you are not free that week but would still like to get involved you can help with research or at the time of the festival from 26 to 30 September.

The interactive globe will chart the voyages of Sir Joseph Bank and HMS Endeavour and will be designed by you and digital experts. The 2018 theme of the Gravity Fields Festival marks the 250th anniversary of Sir Joseph Banks and the sailing of the HMS Endeavour to Australia.

Sir Joseph Banks grew up at Revesby Abbey in Lincolnshire and was an English naturalist, botanist and patron of the natural sciences.

The Gravity Fields Festival is supported by South Kesteven District Council, Arts Council England and Heritage Lottery Fund.

Organisations exploring options to bring bronze statue of Margaret Thatcher to Grantham

A bronze statue of the country’s first female Prime Minister, The Rt Hon Baroness Thatcher of Kesteven LG, could be erected in Grantham if agreement can be reached between a number of organisations, it has been announced.

Grantham Community Heritage Association (GCHA), which runs the Grantham Museum, and South Kesteven District Council are currently in discussion with The Public Memorials Appeal, which commissioned the 10.5ft high bronze statue of the late Prime Minister.

The organisations say that the statue would not only be a fitting tribute to a unique political figure, but that it could provide a welcome boost to the town’s economy from visitors on both sides of the debate who come to find out more about her legacy.

Margaret Thatcher (nee Roberts) was born and raised in Grantham and attended a local grammar, Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School, before gaining a scholarship to study at Oxford University. Her father Alfred, a grocer, was Mayor from 1945 to 1946. She entered the House of Lords in 1992.

The Grantham Community Heritage Association, a volunteer-run Educational Charity, launched a project to raise funds for a statue in 2012, with a proportion of each donation going towards funding the educational work of the Grantham Museum. It is hoped that this and future fundraising will help secure the future of the Grantham Museum, which houses a permanent Margaret Thatcher exhibition.

Margaret Thatcher was Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990. Five years on from her death in April 2013, Lady Thatcher’s social and economic legacy continues to divide opinion, with strong feelings on both sides of the political divide.

The three organisations are currently drafting outline terms of an agreement. Formal proposals are expected to be submitted to the South Kesteven District Council Development Management Committee, where councillors will consider the application, before the end of the year.

Commenting on the proposal, David Burling, Project Director at Grantham Museum, said: “The debate about Margaret Thatcher’s legacy looks set to continue for generations to come. We want Grantham to be where that debate happens and where visitors can come to find all the facts about the UK’s first female Prime Minister.”

A spokesperson for The Public Memorials Appeal said: “We are delighted to offer the statue to Grantham on behalf of the people that have donated towards its creation, both here in Grantham and via The Public Memorials Appeal. It is a stunning statue and I think it would be absolutely fitting for it to come to Grantham. I very much hope we can make it happen.”

The Leader of South Kesteven District Council, Councillor Matthew Lee, said: “Margaret Thatcher was undoubtedly an enormous political figure both nationally and internationally and deserves to be recognised. I respect both sides of the argument, but whichever side you are on, I hope we can all agree that this could be very good news for Grantham’s local economy.”

For media enquiries, email the SKDC communications team at pr@southkesteven.gov.uk or call 01476 406440.