Louth Museum is an award winning visitor attraction in the historic market town of Louth, nestling at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds. There are four galleries, a library and a gift shop.
Louth Museum was refitted in 2006, celebrated its centenary in 2010, has won four Renaissance Heritage awards and the Lincolnshire Heritage Museum of the Year.
13th September to 28th October
For its third and final exhibition of the year - Louth Museum turns the spotlight on Lincolnshire craftsman-made chairs in association with The Lincolnshire Chair Museum.
The extraordinary history of chairmaking at the beginning of the 19th century (1800-1820) in Lincolnshire has only recently been revealed by vernacular furniture historian, William Sergeant. He has shown that the scale of Windsor chair manufacture was unique in the UK and was far greater than was previously thought. During this period hundreds of thousands were made in workshops in Grantham, Sleaford, Boston, then later in Stamford and Bourne. They were distributed and sold all over the Midlands and the North. Their style is distinct to the county and examples can still be found today in good condition in auctions and antique shops.
Previous to this, in the 18th century, the simple rush seated ladder back chair had superseded the stool in country households. Lincolnshire produced large numbers of these chairs, with the centre of manufacture around Louth, Spilsby and Alford, extending later to Boston and Spalding. Good examples are rare to have survived to the present day.
William Sergeant has been collecting and researching Lincolnshire’s chairs and is recognised as the country’s leading authority on the subject. He is a member of the Regional Furniture Society and regularly gives talks on the subject.
During this exhibition Louth Museum will be holding two special events to coincide with it, a lecture by William Sergeant of the Lincolnshire Chair Museum to be held in the Conoco-Phillips Room of Louth Library on Tuesday 10th October at 7.30 pm and a chair 'surgery' which will be held at Louth Museum when William Sergeant of the Lincolnshire Chair Museum will identify your historic chairs on Saturday 14th October between 11.00 am and 3.00 pm with free admission.
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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