Note All events are £3 entry for Trust Members, £4 for non-members.
Saturday 25th August 2018
Botany Bay and the transportation of Lincolnshire convicts
Annie James talks of the founding and operation of the famous penal colony and the involvement of Joseph Banks.
Saturday 8th September 2018
Margery Kempe and her son
Sebastian Sobecki, Professor of Medieval English Literature and Culture at the University of Groningen, Netherlands. The relationship of the medieval mystic Margery Kempe with the Hanseatic League, and the ports of Kings Lynn and Boston.
Monday 10th September 2018, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Heritage Open Days 2018 - Fydell House will be open on 14th, 15th and 16th.
Exhibitions on Exceptional Women of Boston and the Hanse archaeology project. Teas available.
Saturday 29th September 2018
Dame Sarah Swift and the First World War
Claire Chatterton Chair of the Royal College of Nursing’s History of Nursing Society talks about Kirton-born Dame Sarah Swift and her remarkable contribution during the Great War.
Saturday 6th October 2018
The Heritage and History of the Mulberry Tree
Peter Coles from Morus Londinium talks about the fascinating history, delicious fruit and medicinal qualities of this enigmatic tree. The garden at Fydell House contains one of the largest mulberry trees in the country – learn more about one of our natural treasures.
Monday 8th October 2018, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 20th October 2018
Ancient Graffiti in Lincolnshire Churches
Brian Porter from the Lincolnshire Medieval Graffiti Survey talks about this remarkable informal art, carved over the centuries with secret meanings and significances largely forgotten in modern times.
Friday 26th October 2018 evening meeting at 7.30pm
Birds in Myth and Folklore
Dr Chris Andrews, Visitor Experience Manager at RSPB Frampton Marsh, describes the significance of birds in our folklore.
Saturday 10th November 2018
Folk Song in Lincolnshire
Ruairidh Greig from the English Folk Dance and Song Society talks about Lincolnshire folk songs (with references to the south of the county) and their relationship with rural life and seasonal customs, as well as performing some of the songs.
Monday 12th November 2018, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Friday 30th November 2018 evening meeting at 7.30pm
The Great War: New Songs and Stories
The Preservation Trust marks the centenary of the ending of the First World War with a concert of songs and stories providing fresh historical perspectives by renowned folk band Harp & a Monkey.
Saturday 8th December 2018
The Trust’s Christmas sherry party, plus historian Maureen James who will give a presentation (in costume) of Victorian Christmas Customs in Lincolnshire.
Monday 10th December 2018, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Monday 14th January 2019, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 26th January 2019
Skirbeck Quarter Then and Now
The 33rd annual lecture by local historian Neil Wright looks at this very varied and historic area of Boston which includes many industrial buildings, railway buildings, warehouses, granaries, pubs, fine houses, almshouses, a school, church and two small hospitals.
Saturday 9th February 2019
A quirky history of southern Lincolnshire
Author Andrew Beardmore talks about the curiosities of the local area. Southern Lincolnshire conjures up images of fenland, windmills, and vast seas of crops and flowers. However, lurking not far beneath the surface is a host of oddities and peculiarities that turn the conventional into something much more intriguing…
Monday 11th February 2019, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 23rd February 2019
The watercolour paintings of Edith Lane-Claypon
Stuart Crooks from the Sir Joseph Banks Society talks about the delicate fenland wildflower paintings of Wyberton-born artist Edith Lane-Claypon.
Monday 11th March 2019, Civic Group meeting in the
American Room 7pm
Saturday 17th March 2019
Lincolnshire Long-Case Clocks
One of the treasures of Fydell House is the lacquered longcase clock in the American Room. This talk by expert Michael Czajkowski tells you more about ‘grandfather’ or longcase clocks and the mechanisms
distinguished by elegant cases of ebony, walnut, mulberry, marquetry or japanned lacquer.
Monday 8th April 2019, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 13th April 2019
Parson Arthur Hopkins of Boston, 1942-1945: A Model Wartime Diarist
Canadian researchers Robert and Patricia Malcolmson have worked for many years on the wartime Mass Observation Archive and recently discovered the diary of the Rev Arthur Hopkins, Vicar of St Thomas’s, Skirbeck Quarter during the Second World War. They see it as one of the best wartime diaries written on the English home front. This is an exceptional opportunity to hear Robert and Patricia Malcolmson talk about the Rev Arthur Hopkins.
Saturday 27th April 2019
Visit to Heckington church
Fabulous afternoon of late-medieval music in one of Lincolnshire’s greatest churches. Demonstrations led by Martin Renshaw and Vicki Harding on the music of medieval chancels, followed by a late afternoon performance of the medieval Vespers for Our Lady,
including music by Taverner. Meet at the church at 2pm.
Monday 13th May 2019, Civic Group meeting in the American Room 7pm
Saturday 18th May 2019
AGM of Boston Preservation Trust followed at approx. 3pm by talk: Buildings archaeologist James Wright FSA talks about Ralph Lord Cromwell, builder of Tattershall Castle, and the way architecture was used as a power statement in his castles, great houses and ecclesiastical
buildings. Note because this talk follows the AGM it might start a little earlier or later than 3pm.