IN THE TOWN GALLERY
You will discover:
- Objects made or used in Louth
- Carvings by Thomas W. Wallis
- Punch and Judy cabinet
- Louth's flat-weave carpets
- Louth crested china
The Town Gallery is about objects made or used in Louth and the people behind them.
Louth Museum has the largest national collection of the works of Victorian woodcarver and artist Thomas Wilkinson Wallis of Louth. The carvings range from incredibly detailed birds and foliage in limewood to oak furniture, a Punch and Judy cabinet and a gargoyle. There are replicas of the medals he won, pipe-clay models of birds, self-portraits, engravings and memorabilia.
Louth had Lincolnshire’s only carpet factory, established by Adam Eve in 1791, exporting to Europe and America. Surviving examples of the flat-weave reversible carpets on display, made on Jacquard looms, show a range of designs, and there is a piece of replica carpet to handle. The illustrated book ‘Adam Eve and Louth Carpets and the story of Eve & Ranshaw Ltd’ is on sale in the Museum Gift shop.
The varied range of local bygones includes a printing shop, malting, weights and measures, costumes and accessories, domestic and commercial items, a boneshaker bicycle, Louth crested china, a bier, hand tools, man traps, and even a gruesome gibbet cage which once held the body of a local murderer.
Each year we refresh items in the cabinets in the Town Gallery by changing the displays so our visitors have the opportunity to see our various collections and that there is always something new to see every year!