A celebration of Louth’s ‘concrete cathedral’

Frederick Cooper and Les Gobbett at Louth Museum's Malt Kiln exhibition. EMN-150104-161701001
Frederick Cooper and Les Gobbett at Louth Museum's Malt Kiln exhibition. EMN-150104-161701001

The Louth Museum has reopened this month, and has kicked off the spring season with an exhibition to the town’s famous Malt Kiln.

The centrepiece of the new exhibition is a detailed scale model of the building which was created by the late John Hardy, who worked at the Malt Kiln until it closed 
in 1998.

Following Mr Hardy’s death in 2011, his widow Kate gave the model to the museum as John himself wished. Now that the Malt Kiln has gone forever, the model will be a lasting testament to an important part of Louth’s industrial past.

In the new exhibition, you will also find seven volumes put together by Mr Hardy, containing photographs and press cuttings that visitors can browse at their leisure.

The exhibition features a number of display walls detailing the Malt Kiln’s history, including construction, social events, and the previous building which was destroyed by bombing during WW2.

A time lapse film of the recent demolition of the Malt Kiln was put together by Louth resident Graham Fellows, and a further hour long video about the final weeks before the closure of 
the Malt Kiln is also available for viewing.

The exhibition was put together by Geoff Hill, John Gibson, and other volunteers at the museum.

One display board currently remains empty, as it is reserved for visitors who wish to donate their favourite photographs of the Malt Kiln to the exhibition.

If you wish to provide a photograph (one per person, no larger than 6x4 inches, and with details of who and when on the back), then please 
drop by at the museum.

The museum is open Wednesdays to Saturdays, 10am-4pm. A family ticket is £8, adults £3, and concessions £2.50. Free admission for LNALS members.

Visit www.louthmuseum.org.uk or call 01507 601211 for further information.