Saxilby and District History Group

2019 Monthly Meetings

Members £1.50 Non-Members £2.50

Monthly Tuesdays - Village Hall, High street

7.30 pm


Tuesday February 19th

Dave Gilbert - The International Bomber Command Centre

As the Losses Archivist at the Centre, Dave has been working on the database containing more than three million pieces of information on the almost 58,000 servicemen who lost their lives during World War II since the launch of the IBCC project.

The lecture includes video footage of the processes which were carried out by local companies during the manufacture of the 271 Memorial Walls surrounding the Spire.


Tuesday March 19th

Jean Townsend - The Excavation of the Mary Rose

Henry VIII’s warship, the Mary Rose, was lost within his sight off Portsmouth in 1545.

The wreck was discovered in 1971, and following years of careful excavation, the bulk of the ship’s remains were lifted in 1982.


Tuesday April 16th

Ruben Lopez - The Archaeology of Lincoln Eastern Bypass

Ruben is the Site Director for the Bypass fieldwork. He describes the quantity and richness of the remains from the excavations along the route, whuch have exceeded all expectations. The findings show that the south bank of the Witham, between Canwick and Washingborough, has seen Mesolithic and Neolithic flint working, a Bronze Age ceremonial landscape, a high-status Roman building complex, an Anglo-Saxon Christian cemetery, a monastic grange and a post-medieval farmstead.


Tuesday May 21st

Paul Ellis - Lincoln Cathedral’s ‘Stone Monkey’

For the past 32 years, Paul has practiced the craft of stone-masonry and the art of carving stone.

Like the medieval carver, Paul’s carvings bring to life the buildings he works on. All of his carvings have a tale behind them, which he will share with us.


Tuesday June 18th

Tour of Gainsborough Heritage Centre - 1pm

The Heritage Centre began when the founding members of Gainsborough Heritage Society created an exhibition at Richmond Park. This led a year or so later to a permanent Centre with its own premises in the former Marshall's works.

Following the development of Marshall’s Yard, terms were agreed for use of the Old Post Office as the new home of the Heritage Centre.

Following extensive renovation and development, it re-opened in September 2016.

The Centre now has a working research library, shop, tea room, and permanent exhibitions including industrial exhibits, a street scene, post office, shops, house and yard and a temporary exhibition space.


Saturday July 13th

Annual Day Trip - Woodhall Spa 1940’s Weekend- 9.30am


Tuesday September 17th

Sadie Hirst - Much Ado About Food

Sadie specialises in historical cookery workshops, food history talks and demonstrations.

Her popular talk ‘Much Ado About Food’ was first launched in 2016 for a gathering of Knights Templar at Lincoln Cathedral. This culinary whirl through history explores our food past through material culture, recipes, books, herbs and spices.


Tuesday October 15th

David Templeman - Mary, Queen of Scots - The Final Journey

David spoke to our Group last year on the early life of Mary.

This is the concluding part of her fascinating life.


Tuesday November 19th

Chris Hewis - Photographs from the ‘John Wilson Collection’

The Group is most fortunate to have a large digital archive of Victorian and Edwardian photographs of Lincolnshire, collected by our late founder member John Wilson.

Chris takes his annual dip into this fascinating collection of social history.


Tuesday December 10th

Members Christmas Social


Tuesday January 21st 2020

Annual General Meeting




Guided Walks