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Born Again Tourist – Part 2

May 26, 2009

Royal Lincolnshire Regiment Museum – This was added in about 1985, when I was a volunteer (my contract was only for a year), and I helped with this one, too.

I was impressed by the refurbishment that had taken place in this gallery, and all the information and exhibits flowed through the many campaigns and battles that the Lincolnshire Regiment had been involved in.  I was particularly impressed by the new WW1 trench display that you walk through to get to the next section…

WW1         WW1 Trench

More information is available via the interactive touch-screens that are either end of the gallery.

Transport Gallery – Here are displayed such things as a horse-drawn Co-op hearse, a couple more horse-drawn carriages, bicycles, motor cycles such as this Lincoln Elk , and a couple of other vintage bikes…

Lincoln Elk         MLL 013

  I think I saw a perambulator in the corner, too!  (If you don’t know what one of those is…look it up.)

In this gallery, you will also find the ‘Bullnose’ Morris Oxford that Paddy Burgess restored (after the volunteers spent far too long making a mess of it!)

File0022        Paddy Burgess

Paddy was a multi-talented member of the team, who, if you asked what something was, would always make you think about it by asking what you thought it was, rather than just telling.

Industrial & Agricultural Gallery – This is where the big stuff is displayed like John, a huge ploughing engine (partner  –  Michael)  These are really awesome to watch in action!

John         MLL 026

There were also stationary steam and oil engines, portable steam engines, a threshing drum, Lincolnshire waggons and many other very interesting items, but the one that I went along to see was Flirt.  Designed and built in Lincoln by William Foster.

MLL 020 MLL 022  Flirt

Outside are a few ploughs, a Victorian men’s urinal, some iron columns, an Anderson shelter, a couple of Ruston Bucyrus navvies, and this huge Ruston and Proctor steam navvy….

Steam Navvy          Ruston & Proctor

I was disappointed with the state it had been allowed to get in…there was rust everywhere! 

To be continued…..

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13 Comments leave one →
  1. Curiosity permalink
    May 26, 2009 10:53 pm

    Brilliant.

  2. Sandi permalink
    May 26, 2009 11:14 pm

    Thank you. This is the biggest bit, and I had to flippin\’ re-write the lot!!Happy now, though.

  3. Mike permalink
    May 27, 2009 12:38 am

    Good stuff Sandi! Been multi-tasking since i got in from work….watching the last two episodes of 24 on Sky 2 and a zillion facebook applications……….tired now! 🙂 xxx

  4. Princess permalink
    May 27, 2009 7:51 am

    Yo Sandi! Good Morning! Oooh that was interesting! Hope u have a Great day 2day! Luv PF XXX

  5. Eileen permalink
    May 27, 2009 9:43 am

    Very interesting Sandi – that trench looked really good, I\’m sure I\’ve seen Flirt before (maybe when it was in Dorset).Thank you for taking the time to write this blog again, well worth the read xxx

  6. Sandi permalink
    May 27, 2009 10:07 am

    Thanks guys…don\’t worry, Part 3 is a lot shorter…I\’ll post that either tonight or tomorrow.When I wrote that Flirt was designed and made by William Foster, that should be William Foster & Co. Ltd, as Mr William Foster died in 1876. The designs for these first tanks was the work of one William Tritton, knighted in 1917, and after whom Tritton Road is named. Apparently, they tested these tanks on land that the road now passes through. There was talk, a few years ago of erecting a life-size statue of the tank on the roundabout where Ropewalk and Tritton Road meet…but it hasn\’t come to anything. It would have been a fitting tribute, I think.

  7. Sandi permalink
    May 27, 2009 3:29 pm

    For some reason, I don\’t think that the museum holds craft or steam days any more…this place really has lost some of it\’s sparkle. It does not seem to have any interaction with the public, that was so important back in the 80s and 90s. What\’s that about?!!

  8. Eileen permalink
    May 27, 2009 3:51 pm

    That\’s a shame, I suppose now a days most people want to click a button and see computerised theories, I think it\’s a shame as it\’s all an important part of our heritage.

  9. Sandi permalink
    May 27, 2009 4:07 pm

    Visitors and demonstratos alike loved the craft days…the public could see history in action (rag rugs, butter-making, baking on the range, Sue in the wash-house using poshers and dolly pegs, the old printing press in action, basket making, spinning, plus many more), and the crafts-people also got a lot out of talking to the older visitors who remembered these things and very often used them. They were such enlightening times…(sigh)

  10. Sandi permalink
    May 27, 2009 4:07 pm

    Oops…keyboard playing up again! Demonstrators is what I meant!

  11. Eileen permalink
    May 27, 2009 4:30 pm

    Lol.. Sandi you have a keyboard like mine (selective). I always think it\’s good to keep these things going, crafting is going strong and there are not enough people using the old tools of the trade. (Don\’t we sound like a bunch of \’oldies\’ although I am glad of my washing machine (I have many scars on my knuckles from good old handwashing leant over the bath… ) lol

  12. Sandi permalink
    May 27, 2009 8:17 pm

    LOL! When using the bath to do washing, I\’ve dumped it all in…then jump in myself! No, not to have a bath, but to stomp up and down on it all and agitate it a bit!!The first thing I had to do, when I first started at the museum, on the first craft day was learn to do a rag-rug (or peg-rugs as they are called here). Then, at the 100th Lincolnshire Show, I was shown how to make butter (the sepia-toned picture in the \’MLL and History Stuff\’ album…(blinkin\’ stupid mob cap!!!)

  13. Sandi permalink
    May 27, 2009 9:06 pm

    Oops! I just checked, and it\’s a B&W picture, not sepia-toned. Brain\’s going now…!

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