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The Boston Big Dig

In June 2011 Lincolnshire County Council, in partnership with Heritage Trust Lincolnshire and Boston Borough Council, were successful in winning a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund to run an archaeological excavation in the Market Place in Boston. When the excavation took place in July and August 2011, volunteers from the local community got the chance to get involved in the digging, and there were may other activities that the public could enjoy. What happened is all in an article that you can read by following this link. The article was written by Network Archaeology, who did a fantastic job in supervising and training volunteers, organising the events and activities and keeping visitors to the Market Place informed about what was being found.

Once the digging was complete we had teams of volunteers working on interpretation for information panels to be installed in the Market Place, leaflets and a display for St Botolph’s Church.  At the same time a folk musician visited local schools in Boston and held folk music writing workshops with the children, who all wrote their own lyrics and music.  They all thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

The best finds from the excavation came back to Boston in the summer of 2012 for a display in the Guildhall.  The exhibition opened on the same day as the Medieval Fayre was held on 20th May to celebrate the success of the Big Dig.

The Fayre had Medieval and Tudor re-enactors and stall holders including: The Knights of Skirbeck, demonstrations of pottery, weaving, woodturning and Medieval Music. There were performances by local folk musicians of local traditional folk music and songs written by local school children alongside a performance of ‘Priscilla Biggadyke – The Musical’. There was a Lincolnshire Hog Roast and refreshments to buy as well as plenty of entertainment throughout the day.



Look Out For

OPEM exhibition at The Collection

28 January - 2 May 2017

Exhibition Opening Times: 10:00am - 4:00pm

OPEM 4 is the fourth biennial open exhibition hosted by The Collection and Usher Gallery, and will showcase the work of local and regional artists who were chosen by a pair of industry experts (writer/curator Elinor Morgan and artist Brian Griffiths) based on the quality and originality of their work. Hundreds of artists from around Lincolnshire, Yorkshire, Cambridgeshire and more entered into the competition, hoping to have their work featured centre-stage at a professional art exhibition.

The winning artists are:

• Reece Straw

• Jake Kent

• Stephanie Douet

• Jake Moore

• Selina Mosinski

• Matthew Chesney

• Ellen Brady

• Colette Griffin

This will be the first time some of these artists have exhibited with a professional institution. By winning the competition these artists will each receive money and supplies to fund the creation of an all-new original piece of work for this particular show. Other prizes include a £3000 purchasing/commissioning prize which has been sponsored by the Heslam Trust, while another artist will receive their own solo exhibition in The Usher Gallery.


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Last updated: 31 January 2012

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