As befits a county rich in history and culture, Lincolnshire has plenty of museums and art galleries to interest visitors. In Lincoln the Museum of Lincolnshire Life covers the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. Among the many commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and military artefacts is Flirt, a surviving First World War tank.
The Collection in Lincoln opened in 2005 to bring together the award-winning archaeology museum and the Usher Gallery in a £12.5m development. The museum is particularly appealing for younger visitors while the Usher Gallery holds a diverse collection of fine and decorative arts and stages temporary exhibitions supported by the Arts Council.
Museums elsewhere in the county cater for a variety of tastes and interests, from the Cottage Museum in Woodhall Spa, which traces the history of this genteel and quirky resort village, and the beautiful mediaeval Ayscoughfee Hall Museum in Spalding to Boston’s Guildhall Museum, where the Pilgrim Fathers were tried and imprisoned in 1607 before setting sail for the New World.
Scunthorpe in the north of the county is home to North Lincolnshire Museum, which takes in Victorian industry and wartime Scunthorpe. It was shortlisted for the Kids in Museums Telegraph Family Friendly Award in 2013 and 2014.
Over in Grimsby the National Fishing Heritage Centre offers visitors a fascinating insight into Grimsby’s maritime history and enables visitors to discover what life was like for trawlermen and their families in years gone by.