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Events here at the Guildhall...

2015 Dates for your diary!

Knights of Skirbeck

Always a popular event here at the Guildhall, the Knights share how life was during the era that the Guildhall was built in 1390's. With demonstrations including fighting, food, armoury, dentistry and medicine to name a few, the Knights entertain and share their stories.

Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th April

Friday 7th and Saturday 8th August

Thursday 29th and Friday 31st October

10:30am - 3:30pm, last admission 3pm.

We hope you can join us!

Free Admission!!

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Heritage Open Days 2015

View documents that influenced and recorded the changes in Boston during the Tudor period. Discover objects from our collections and have fun with the free activities on offer that reflect this distinctive time in history.

Wednesday 9th September - Saturday 12th September

Free Admission!!


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 Autumn.  

10:30am - 3:30pm, last admission 3pm.

Free Admission!!