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Forthcoming Events at Boston Guildhall

January/February

Workshops - Creative Starters

Porcelain - Fantastical Beasts with Kate McBride
Friday 11 January and 15 February 2019   -  10.30am-3pm
£20 for both days.

Working under the expert guidance of ceramicist Kate McBride participants will be using the imaginative illustrations of the medieval Luttrell Psalter as inspiration to learn how to handle porcelain and to design and make their own fantastical creatures with a contemporary twist.  Day 1 - designing and making  Day 2 - glazing

Printmaking lab: Relief Printing: Lino, Wood-cut, and Block-printing
with Mark Steadman

Friday 18th, 25th Jan & 1st, 8th Feb 2019 -  10.30am-12.30pm
£20 for all four sessions

With the stunning medieval illuminated manuscript The Lutrell Psalter as one inspiration, you'll get the chance over four sessions to use wood-cut, cardboard and found objects alongside lino-cut. You'll be shown how to combine techniques, explore texture, colour and text as well as how to use various printing surfaces including fabric and wood.

Illustration with Aga Kowalska
Friday 18th, 25th Jan & 1st, 8th Feb 2019 - 1pm - 3pm
£20 for all four sessions

Learn the skills of illustrations and take inspiration from the Luttrell Psalter - a facsimilary of this wonderful book is available to view. Boston Guildhall's treasures will be the starting point for this opportunity in which participants will be able to produce new artwork relating to their own personal story of cultural heritage.

All materials and equipment will be supplied and the creations from the workshops will be invited to be displayed in a temporary exhibition at Boston Guildhall.

If you would like to join us on this two day workshop please contact polly.wilkinson@boston.gov.uk or call 01205 365954 to book your place.

 

February

Turnpikes and Stage Coaches in Lincolnshire
Neil Wright Talk Saturday 2nd February 2019
Arrive from 12:30pm with seats to be taken for the talk 1pm - 2:30pm
£5 on the door


In the 18th century, a major improvement was made in roads and road transport. At the time, most roads were repaired, very badly, by the parishes they passed through. Main roads got more traffic and the parish system of maintenance did not keep them in good order, so turnpike trusts were invented. These trusts took over stretches of main road and funded their improvement and repairs by charging tolls on road users. This generally brought the roads to a better standard, and that allowed faster and safer transport by stagecoaches on a regular schedule - a great improvement on what had gone before. This talk will describe how turnpikes came to Lincolnshire, and how new stagecoach services gave Boston and other places better connections to the rest of the country.

Complimentary tea or coffee will be available

 

March

Corruption and reform in Georgian Boston
Neil Wright Talk Saturday 9th March 2019
Arrive from 12:30pm with seats to be taken for the talk 1pm - 2:30pm
£5 on the door


Until the 1830s very few people had a vote in parliamentary elections, and no-one at all voted for the members of Boston Corporation - the members of the Corporation themselves decided who to appoint when a vacancy occurred. Throughout Britain, some people had been calling for reform for fifty or sixty years, and it finally happened in the 1830s. For almost a century before that, Boston politics were dominated by the Fydell family and their relations. This talk will describe the power of the Fydells and the local battle for reform in Boston. That story is now largely forgotten but in its time, it generated strong feelings in Boston.

 

Complimentary tea or coffee will be available

 

Mothering Sunday - A Saturday Afternoon Tea

Saturday 30th March, 1pm - 3pm

Tickets £9.95 per adult, £6.95 per child

 

Come and join us for the first of our 2019 afternoon teas as we celebrate Mothering Sunday.  For a copy of the menu or for more information please contact us.  If you'd like to book your tickets please contact us here at Boston Guildhall Wednesday - Saturday 10:30am - 3:30pm to make a cash payment or call 01205 314200 to make a card payment at the main council reception on West Street.

Our afternoon teas are gaining in popularity and if you are a Facebook user you can see images of our previous events at @Boston Guildhall Museum.  We hope that you can join us.

If you have any dietary requirements please contact polly.wilkinson@boston.gov.uk prior to booking to confirm that we are able to accommodate your request.  Please be aware that we do not have high chairs on site.

 

April

 The New Poor Law in Lincolnshire
Neil Wright Talk Saturday 6th April 2019
Arrive from 12:30pm with seats to be taken for the talk 1pm - 2:30pm
£5 on the door


In the 17th and 18th centuries each parish was responsible for looking after its poor, who included the elderly, unmarried mothers, and the unemployed. By the early 19th century, the system had become inefficient and expensive. In 1834 an Act was passed to amend the Poor Law, and for the first time this introduced a national system of specially created local bodies (Poor Law Unions) overseen by a central Board in London - in effect this was the start of what was to eventually become the modern Welfare State. However, the Act imposed a harsh regime to discourage people from seeking such help, and this "fear of the workhouse" is the memory that has come down to us. This talk will look at the introduction of the New Poor Law into Lincolnshire and the changes it brought.

  

May

Boston Model Fairground Show

Saturday 11th May 10:30am - 3:30pm, last admission 3pm

Free entry, donations welcome.

 

Come and join us as the Model Fairground Show joins us for a third year here at Boston Guildhall.  With miniature delights and all the fun of the fair these creations give you an insight into some of the larger rides that you'll see at the Boston Mayfair this year plus some that have been in years gone by.  Why not stop and relax with a cup of tea and a slice of cake when the Chocolate Fairy catering join us with a pop up café in the Banqueting Hall.  There's also a chance to create your own fairground ride in a drawing competition!

 

For more information please contact polly.wilkinson@boston.gov.uk 01205 365954

 

June

1940's Afternoon Tea

Saturday 22nd June,  Midday - 2pm

Tickets Adults £17.95 per person, Children £12:95 per person

 

With the 1940's vibe throughout Boston for this weekend, we wanted to join in with the theme and all things 1940's. For a copy of the menu or for more information please contact us.  If you'd like to book your tickets please contact us here at Boston Guildhall Wednesday - Saturday 10:30am - 3:30pm to make a cash payment or call 01205 314200 to make a card payment at the main council reception on West Street.

If you have any dietary requirements please contact polly.wilkinson@boston.gov.uk prior to booking to confirm that we are able to accommodate your request.  Please be aware that we do not have high chairs on site.

 

 


Boston Guildhall is available for Private Hire & is a Licensed Venue for Weddings.

If you would like to know more please contact guildhall@boston.gov.uk

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www.bostonguildhall.gov.uk  01205 365954  guildhall@boston.gov.uk

Boston Guildhall, South Street, PE21 6HT

Our normal opening hours are Wed, Thurs, Fri & Sat 10:30am - 3:30pm