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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

What developments are coming next?

New catalogue entries will be uploaded frequently onto this site, in fact the site updates every day so if we’ve added a new record it will appear within 24 hours.

In 2011/12, we are intending to further increase the number of digital images available on the website, e.g. Asylum Case Books.

How do I give feedback?

If you have any comments about this website, please contact us at: LincsToThePastEnquiries@lincolnshire.gov.uk

How do I volunteer?

If you would like to help us as a volunteer with the development of online resources, please contact: LincsToThePastEnquiries@lincolnshire.gov.uk

How can I make a donation?

Your donations will be used to improve your visit through better exhibitions, increased digitisation and conservation work. You can make a donation by cheque or card payment. Further details can be found on the website.

Why was Lincs to the Past developed?

An inspection by the Audit Commission in 2008, highlighted the need to improve online access to cultural collections. In response to this, Lincolnshire County Council launched Cultural Collections in August 2009, which was a joint search engine for library, museum and archive online information. Since then the County Council have been looking to enhance this offer and significantly increase the number of images of cultural items (e.g. archive documents, maps, photographs) online and develop associated learning and exhibition packages.

I’m interested in having my content on Lincs to the Past?

Cultural Services are always looking for partnership opportunities to help develop the site. We want the site to retain its focus and therefore we would be very interested in hearing from those groups involved local history, family history and heritage in particular.

How can I make images larger on my screen?

The images are displayed within a viewing box created by “Zoomify” software. The size of the viewing box on the webpage cannot be altered, but it is possible to increase its size on your screen.

For optimum viewing use your web browser‟s zoom facility (on Internet Explorer this is at the bottom of the screen to the right of the word “Internet”) to expand the size of the web page. Up to a 400% increase is good for early registers (pre 1813). Up to a 200% increase is good for later registers (post 1813). Pressing Ctrl and + or Ctrl and - will also increase and decrease the size of the web page.

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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