by Steve Beasant on 20 January, 2012
Take a step back in time this month and explore the county’s rural past as a new exhibition opens at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby. ‘Glimpses of Rural Lincolnshire’ opens on January 24 and offers an insight in to the places, traditions and colourful characters that have helped to make Lincolnshire the county that it is today.
As a large and sparsely populated county, Lincolnshire is considered to be one of the more remote areas of England. Its population, who are spread out in relatively small and scattered communities, have always relied heavily on agriculture and on working the land to make a living. It is this remoteness and direct attachment to the land that has led the county and its people to develop their own individual character.
The exhibition makes use of photographs and paintings from North East Lincolnshire Council’s collection along with first hand accounts of Lincolnshire’s rural history to paint an endearing portrait of the region. There will be displays about the area’s iconic windmills, the railway network and the area’s brass bands to name just a few. The exhibition will also feature paintings and prints of local landscapes by artist Melvyn Petterson.
Attendees can also find out about Percy Grainger and his drive to record traditional folk music for posterity. Together with his long time friend Gervase Elwes, the famous tenor who lived at Elsham Hall, Grainger made it his mission to save many traditional songs from falling in to obscurity. His journeys around Lincolnshire led him to meet some of the area’s more enigmatic characters.
There will also be information and photographs about ancient Lincolnshire customs such as Plough Jags and the Haxey Hood. The Hood, which is officially England’s oldest living folk tradition, still takes place each year around Haxey and is incredibly popular with locals and visitors alike.
This is the forth in the ‘Unlocking the Collection’ series of Heritage Lottery funded exhibitions. The exhibition has been curated by museums collection volunteers and staff from North Lincolnshire Museums Service, as part of the shared service arrangement. It is running at the Fishing Heritage Centre in Grimsby from Tuesday, January 24 to Sunday, April 8, 2012. What’s more, it is completely free to enter and is open Tuesdays – Sundays from 10am to 4pm. For more information contact Rachel on: (01472) 323004 or email [email protected].