IN THE PANORAMA GALLERY
You will discover:
- Panoramic view of 1840’s Louth
- Drawings by William Brown
- Historic weapons made in Louth
- Details of local village carriers
- Lincoln & Lindsey Bank ephemera
A backlit 360 degrees panoramic view of Louth and district on a summer’s day in the 1840’s, rated among the best in Europe.
The Louth Panorama is an all-round view of the town and district as seen from the top of the spire of St James's parish church as on a summer’s day in the 1840s. It shows the pattern of streets and the market place, with a roofscape little changed today.
The detail of activity in the foreground is amazing and reflects the life of the town. Look for horse-drawn vehicles, ladies shopping, a funeral, new garden designs, and hay stacks in the town (fuel for horses and dairy cows). Can you find the Town Crier, boys bowling hoops, the Workhouse and the carpet factory with a tall chimney? And how many windmills are there? No wonder it is rated among the best panoramas in Europe.
Round the column in the gallery are replicas of the original sketches from which the Panorama was painted.
Richard Gurnham's book 'People of the Panorama’ is on sale in the Museum Gift Shop.
Our latest project has been to create a new video entitled 'Then and Now Through Paint and Digital Images'. This video has been researched, produced and written by Stuart Sizer assisted by Louth Museum's volunteers. It has been made possible due to our receiving a 'Collection's Access Grant' from Museum Development East Midlands, for which we are most grateful.