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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.

St Peter & St Paul’s Church, Gosberton – This magnificent village church dates back to the 12th and 14th century, with a spire reaching 200ft, giving amazing views of the surrounding countryside. It has many memorials there, including a life size effigy of a local knight and his wife, dating all the way back to around 1300 AD, as well as visible Norman remains, and Saxon history. Truly a rich heritage site!

As part of the Future of the Past project, Liz Lenten from Scarlet Records, along with the local community, organised Septemberfest Gosberton! A whole weekend of family fun and performances, including live performances Friday night, a family fun day on Saturday, and a special live performance by Martin & Liza Carthy on Sunday.

Click here to see the full blog post about the event!

St Clement’s Church, Grainthorpe – St Clements is a beautiful and imposing Marshland church, and has been at the centre of Grainthorpe village near Louth 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




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.

Slip of the Tongue – Theatre project with the Police Museum.

Our first Future of the Past project has completed and has been a great success.

Shooting Fish Theatre Company has been working with 15 young people at the Old Nic Theatre to create a play based on the stories they have discovered at the Police Museum. The play they have developed, Slip of the Tongue, is set in rural Lincolnshire in 1934. Their play is the story of Ethel Major, a tormented and bullied wife who couldn’t take it anymore. She decided to take matters into her own hands with the help of some corned beef and a secret key.



Young people on this project worked with professional scriptwriters and director, took part in theatre workshops over several weeks and have now created a 20-minute play that will become part of the display at the Police Museum where visitors will be able to download a radio play version and discover the story of Ethel Major for themselves.

Slip of the Tongue was performed outside Trinity Arts Centre as the curtain raiser for No Picnic on 29th June 2021.


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

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

Media and Arts Professionals Support Sixth Form on Heritage Project


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