History of Boston Project
The Project was formed in 1970 by a group of local citizens with a common interest in the history of Boston. The membership under the chairmanship of Jim Hopkins and Neil Wright went on to produce a remarkable collection of historical publications over the subsequent four decades including a series of pamphlets and books describing various aspects of Boston's development, society and history. Other work by individual members included transcripts of the Boston Corporation Minutes from the 1500s to the late 18th century which stands as a unique contribution to understanding the workings of everyday political life in England at that time. In more recent years the Project published Bill Hunt's volumes on "A Town Remembers".
The Project has continued to foster interest in the town's history, and to meet twice a year. In 2011 we merged with Boston Preservation Trust, which shares a considerable overlap of membership and interests. These interests have particularly included the Puritan Path, sponsored and developed by Mr & Mrs J Cammack; the American connection with Boston, Massachusets; and the local connections with the discovery of Australia through Sir Joseph Banks, Mathew Flinders and George Bass.
We continue to explore ways of developing an accessible archive of published materials including many photographs with the aim of making these more widely available through a website. The group is also keen to promote the Boston Visitor Economy through partnership working. We are involved with plans to strengthen Boston's tourist literature and to reinvigorate the training and presence of town guides. We are also well on the way to attracting some extra funding through the Boston Big Local.
At the forefront of our recent activity has been the Hanseatic aspect of Boston's medieval history. We have been successful in drawing the attention of Boston Borough Council to the potential for an application to join the "New Hansa", and it is fair to claim that the support of the History of Boston Project has been the decisive factor in this. A subgroup has been formed called the "Boston Hanse Group",
The History of Boston Project also works closely with The Partnership of the Historic Bostons: http://www.historicbostons.org/home.html
The History of the History of Boston Project: click here
by Paul Cope-Faulkner (commissioned by Heritage Lincolnshire)
Boston Town Historic Environment Baseline Study: click here
Why Boston is so special
The CV of Boston's History: click here