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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.

New Sponsor for Grantham Museum

Grantham Museum is very proud to announce that Hodgson Wealth Management has agreed to become a corporate sponsor.

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(Pictured Andrew Hodgson Managing Director & Wealth Management Consultant at Hodgson Wealth Management)

David Burling, Director, says “It is fantastic news that Hodgson Wealth Management has agreed to sponsor the Museum. The funds that we receive from our corporate sponsors goes directly into making sure that the Museum continues to educate, inform and inspire all generations about the history of Grantham”.

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David adds “With the help of Hodgson Wealth Management and our other sponsors we are able to invest in the future and deliver more compelling insight in to Grantham’s past”.

To find out more about sponsoring Grantham Museum, please visit https://gramuseum.wordpress.com/sponsorship/

Today in Grantham History – Judy Campbell was born.

Today (31st May) is the birthday of actress and playwright Judy Campbell, born in Grantham. Judy Campbell made her stage debut in 1935 as a “Guest” in The Last of Mrs. Cheyney at the Theatre Royal, Grantham, and entered films in 1940 in the London-based thriller Saloon Bar. In 2002 she lent her patrician presence to a television remake of The Forsythe Saga.

Grantham Museum remembers the “Dambusters”

As we commemorate 75 years since the famous “Dambusters” raid we remember the brave souls who made that daring mission possible. Our exhibition explores details of the raid and the science behind the “Bouncing Bomb”. We are open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. https://gramuseum.wordpress.com/exhibitions/dambusters/