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.
Following government advice LNALS will not be able to open Louth Museum as planned on April 1st 2020. We regret the inconvenience this will cause, but our assessment of the situation suggests the significant health risk to public, LNALS volunteers and members merits this action. The museum will remain closed and all activities connected to it are postponed until further notice. We will endeavour to keep our website updated during these challenging times.
We are also regretfully cancelling the final 3 spring Tuesday evening lecture meetings which are held at the ConocoPhillips Room. This includes the meeting on Tuesday 17th March. We will of course keep you informed of further developments as they become known to us.
Nigel B Christmas
Chairman - LNALS
The 29th of May 2020 will mark 100 years since the Louth Flood Disaster. On that fateful day a "cloud-burst" at tea-time on a Saturday afternoon resulted in a severe flash flood which claimed the lives of 23 local people (including 6 children) making over 800 people homeless and causing widespread devastation in the town.
Louth Museum, St James' Church, Louth Town Council and Spout Yard are all planning to mark this sad event in Louth's history and will be marking the Centenary of the flood with special exhibitions and events.
Louth Museum also has a permanent inter-active flood display in its Mezzanine Gallery, and it will be holding a special exhibition focusing on how the flood happened and the personal impact on the families involved. This exhibition will run throughout April and May starting on Wednesday 1st April when the museum re-opens for its 2020 season.
There is a monument to those who lost their lives in Louth cemetery (some distance from the town) but there are no commemorative plaques in the town where the flood came through.
As part of the Centenary Commemorations, Louth Museum is trying to raise sufficient funds to pay for 2 plaques, one in Spout Yard, the scene of some of the deaths and one at Hubbards Hills, a local beauty spot where the flood built up its devastating power. The plaques will be dedicated to the memory of those who lost their lives and otherwise suffered and will act as a timely reminder of the force of nature and human resilience. The plaques will be a permanent feature. The cost of making and erecting the plaques and planting trees alongside is estimated at £1,500. In the event of there being any surplus funds these will go to the Museum to further its important work preserving history of Louth for future generations. The Museum relies entirely on volunteer labour, donations and sales from its bookshop to keep it running and open to the public.
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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