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Louth Museum

Today I visited Louth Museum in Lincolnshire. This is a great independent small museum, with a number of different collection themes, brought together through their links to Louth (William Brown’s panorama of Louth -1844-47, geology, brick-making, the Lincolnshire rebellion – 1536, natural history – birds and butterflies, navigation and the canal, malting, Lincolnshire carpets the wood carver T.W. Wallis and the Louth flood of 1920).

The flood exhibition was the main reason for my visit although I also found several other items of interest. The flood display features a map showing the extent of the flood waters, location of the 23 deaths and single birth that occurred during the flood, and the location of the photographs of the flood event and clear-up which are in the display cases. As the curator David Robinson has documented in his book on the flood, the extensive photographic record of the disaster is owing to the presence of journalists following a bi-election in the town. Other items include a short film of the clear-up effort and a painting damaged by the flood waters.

David was really helpful and full of ideas for the project. He also has links to the School of Geography at Nottingham, having completed his geography degree there in the 1950s, and subsequently completing some research with Professor of Meteorology Frank Barnes. He’s also published papers relating to meteorology and weather lore in a number of books and journals which I’m now intending to track down.

Other items of interest in the museum were a barometer by Innocenti Tara, an Italian manufacturer who settled in Louth, and a pair of ice skates, designed for use outside in suitable weather conditions!

Exhibition on the Louth flood at Louth Museum

Exhibition on the Louth flood at Louth Museum

 
 

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