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Future of the Past

Future of the Past is a project working with 13 partners across Lincolnshire with aim of creatively engaging young people with heritage.

Supported through The National Lottery Heritage Fund, and made possible by National Lottery players, this two year project is bringing together a range of key partners working together from the university, cultural, arts and heritage sectors delivering projects across Lincolnshire.

We will be working with seven heritage sites across Lincolnshire to look at how they can make their collections and stories relevant to 11-25 year olds.

We are working with musicians, artists, performers and film makers to bring stories of the past alive and relevant for future generations.


Rebecca Fawcett, Producer of the Future of the Past project outlines the aims, partnership and strengths of this heritage project for Lincolnshire.


The Police Museum – The first woman police officer, Edith Smith with arresting rights in the UK, worked at the Police station that is now home to the Police Museum and Old Nick Theatre, Gainsborough. Young people from Gainsborough are aiming to work with Shooting Fish Theatre Company, freelance writers and directors in free workshops to develop, write and perform a work about the people of Gainsborough who have passed through the building at the Old Nick Theatre and Trinity Arts Centre.

To find out more about The Police Museum visit: www.gainsboroughtheatrecompany.com


Sleaford Museum – It is envisaged that this project, facilitated by Paradigm Arts, will provide advice, guidance, support and deliverable activity focusing on increasing participation and engagement with and for young people. Sleaford Museum will shortly be celebrating its 5th year since opening its doors and occupies a unique place in the town of Sleaford. The museum itself is housed in an Edwardian toilet block situated at the south end of the high street. Sleaford Museum aims to  ‘Share our Stories’ and this will be the focus for the initial engagement with cohorts of students from the 3 main secondary schools in the local area. The project aims to focus on young people’s reactions to visiting the museum as it currently stands – how its collection is presented and accessed, how the resources the museum has developed can be used in schools and from an external point of view how does the museum present itself.


Mark Bamford, Chairman of Sleaford Museum highlights the opportunities the project will have for the young people to get involved with the heritage of Sleaford town.  He explains that the project will enable Sleaford Museum to raise its profile amongst young people and provide them with a sense of the cultural heritage to which they belong; and provide their voice in future offers to young people in the area.

To find out more about Sleaford Museum visit: www.sleafordmuseum.org.uk


Crowland Abbey – The parish church at Crowland known as Crowland Abbey has a long and rich history. Using the building and its contents including one of the most curious medieval manuscripts: The Gulfrac Roll from 1210,  young people working with Cultural Facilitator and Musician, Liz Lenten will endeavour to create a weekend event and new interpretation aimed at welcoming young people and their families to the site. Young people will also have the opportunity to work towards a bronze or silver Arts Awards as part of this project.

To find out more about Crowland Abbey visit: www.crowlandabbey.org.uk


St Clement’s Church – St Clements is a beautiful and imposing Marshland church, and has been at the centre of Grainthorpe village near Louth life for 800 years.  St Clement’s has run successful Arts Festivals in the past but this is the first project that endeavours tofocus on working with young people to make their site more accessible and relevant. We are looking to work with St Clement’s Church, offering free workshops and development days for 11-25 year olds, an opportunity to get creative and engage with local heritage.

To find out more about St Clement’s Church visit: www.stclementsgrainthorpe.co.uk


Baldock’s Old Mill, Bourne – Baldock’s Mill is the only remaining mill in the town and is over 200 years old. There is a permanent exhibition of Raymond Mays the famous racing driver and another exhibition about Charles Frederick Worth the famous Paris designer of perfume and haute couture. We are aiming to work with Bourne Civic Society on this project in partnership with Paradigm Arts.

To find out more about Baldock’s Milll visit: www.bournecivicsociety.org.uk



Museum of Lincolnshire Life – The Museum of Lincolnshire Life’s rich and varied social history collection reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life.

To find out more about Museum of Lincolnshire Life visit: www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/museumoflincolnshirelife


Anya from the Museum of Lincolnshire Life highlights the impact that the project will have for the site


We’ll Meet Again Museum – An award-winning World War Two Home Front Museum, based at Freiston Shore, near Boston. We have been working in partnership with young people from Boston to develop and make a permanent creative interpretation about the collection that is relevant to them.

To find out more information visit: www.wmamuseum.co.uk




As you would expect, due to Covid-19, this project has been paused for the time being.  For more information about this project contact rebecca@soundlincs.org