Events here at the Guildhall...
WWII temporary exhibition
Lincolnshire was known as Bomber County - with 28 bomber command bases, the most in any county, and by the end of the war there were 49 airfields in Lincolnshire. This rich heritage can be investigated further through the website visit Lincolnshire's Aviation Heritage Lincolnshire page where aviation sites, events and trails can be found to help guide visitors through the history.
But how was Boston affected? What role did the town play in the war effort? A short video was filmed in 1943 of the town and can be found on YouTube
This film promotes country living, showing the people living here in Boston as happy hard working people contributing to the war effort. The Guildhall was featured in the production, and the painting in the Council Chamber of Sir Joseph Banks can be seen when the Guildhall's role became that of a British Restaurant. The tower of the church St Botolph's was very important to air crew, used by British and American pilots as a signpost to guide them. The Luftwaffe also found it a very useful landmark - perhaps one of the reasons why Boston suffered so few air strikes.
After Dunkirk, local defence was provided by the 6th Battalion of the Queens Regiment. In January 1944 the 1st Air Landing Light Regiment of the Royal Artillery was posted here to join the 1st Airborne Division in Boston. The 1st Airborne Division took part in the Battle of Arnhem. They continued their training but described the local area as "a marvellous place for the troops, with two dance halls, four cinemas, 83 pubs and the girls used to whistle at us; but being in the fens, the area was useless when it came to gunnery practice".
St John's Workhouse served HMS Arbella for the Navy during the war, requisitioned by the Royal Navy, the name HMS Arbella was given by the local vicar. It was the name of the flag ship of fleet which had sailed for America in 1630, named after the wife of one of the men on board.
Boston and the local area was also used in films to represent the Netherlands, notably "One of our Aircraft is Missing" - the fens providing a similar landscape to that across the water which at the time of the filming could not be accessed.
This exhibition is running into the New Year.
10:30am - 3:30pm, last admission 3pm.
Knights of Skirbeck!
The Knights of Skirbeck are joining us again this year - with medieval re-enactments that share how life would have been during the time that the Guildhall was built they are a wonderful group to interactive with or observe from a distance and learn more about Boston during the late 1300's and 1400's. With demonstrations including food, dentistry, games, Armour and more they are sure to be of entertainment for all. The opportunity for visitors of all ages to hold a sword or wear a helmet, listen to stories and enjoy the fashions of the time plus so much more brings the Guildhall to life and offers an alternative experience.
The Knights will be here
Friday 25th and Saturday 26th March
Friday 29th and Saturday 30th July
Friday 28th and Saturday 29th October