Louth Museum is one of the main visitor attractions in the historic market town of Louth, nestling at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds.
There are four galleries, a classroom/library and a gift shop. Louth Museum was refitted throughout in traditional style in 2006, celebrated its centenary in 2010, and has won four Renaissance Heritage awards and the prestigious Lincolnshire Heritage Museum of the Year award.
The story of how Louth Bypass was built, in more than 100 fascinating images. Ray Storr has put this exhibition together from his collection of photographs of the construction process from its beginning in 1990 to the opening ceremony in August 1991.
Ray is a keen amateur photographer and was given access to all stages of the construction of the bypass by Clugstons. This record of the men (and 2 women) and machines involved in the biggest civil engineering project in the area will bring back many memories. The story shows people, landscaping and the changes that the bypass brought to Louth. The bypass had been discussed for many years – there is a letter in the museum, dating from the Second World War, hoping for ‘proposals for the improvement of the town after peace has been declared’. . . ‘a bypass road has been suggested for through traffic’.
Louth was asked for its views on a bypass in 1979 in a pamphlet with a graphic view of the traffic congestion between Upgate and Mercer Row! The planning process eventually began in January 1987, with a public enquiry which ran for 2 weeks at the end of November 1987. The orders for the new road were dated September 1988. When the road was opened in August 1991 it was well ahead the scheduled date of ‘Spring 1992’ advertised on the Department of Transport
“This smallish museum in Louth has a wonderful and surprisingly large, collection of artefacts. We especially enjoyed the upstairs display about the flood of 1920. The volunteers were extremely helpful and informative …” (June 2014)
“Something for everyone at this most interesting museum, extremely helpful and knowledgeable staff and well presented exhibits.” (June 2014)
“Glad I took my French guests - actually the Museum was not really open but there was a book sale so we slipped in......
the volunteer staff were so helpful and explained Brown's Panorama (despite our limited French). Note there are laminated guides in several languages if you need. I am a Louth resident and I have visited several times - I always find something to interest me both in the regular displays and at special events and exhibitions. It is always good value. My friends want to go back next time they visit.
Thank you to the volunteers - it is a brilliant not so little museum.” (March 2014)
A Local Independent Museum - Nationally Accredited - Quality Assured Lincolnshire Visitor Attraction founded in 1884 by Louth Naturalists', Antiquarian and Literary Society - Registered Charity No.1145436
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