Navigation exhibition at Louth Museum

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Following on from its highly successful exhibition about the recently demolished ABM Malt Kiln, Louth Museum will host a display organised by the Louth Navigation Trust during the month of May.

Stuart Sizer, the Trust’s archivist and official historian and co-author of the book, ‘People and Boats’ which relates the history of the Navigation, has prepared a display of pictures and artefacts which show how the canal, one of the first in the country, brought employment and prosperity to a small Lincolnshire market town. Also included in the exhibition is a display which explains the aims and achievements of the Louth Navigation Trust since its formation almost 30 years ago.

The Trust’s treasurer, Andrew Stratford said, “The town is right to cherish Hubbards Hills and all it has to offer the community, but all too few people, even locals, know of the wonderful amenity that exists at the eastern end of the town. We hope that this month’s exhibition will help people to understand the hugely important rôle that the Navigation has played in the history and development of the town, and also bring to people’s attention the potential there is for still further development. It would be a great shame if the opportunity to develop this amenity were to be missed and future generations denied the opportunity to enjoy the facilities we have inherited”.

The Trust’s Chairman, Roger Subden commented: “While we ultimately would like to see the locks restored so that craft can travel the length of the canal, there is much that the Navigation and the canal corridor has to offer the community in terms of leisure, recreation and enjoyment of the countryside, and plenty of scope for further development”.

Paula Hunt, the Trust’s secretary, added: “May promises to be a very busy month for us, with a concert in aid of the Trust by the Louth Male Voice Choir and the ladies’ a capella group ‘Papillon’ in Fulstow village hall on the 15th, and our ever popular annual walks along the canal on the 28th and the 30th. We are very much looking forward to this opportunity to make ourselves better known to people in and around the area.”

Also on display at the Museum will be work by local artist Nicki Jarvis entitled’ Mapping the Riverhead’.Situated on Broadbank in Louth and open every week from Wednesday to Saturday, the cost of admission to the Museum is £3.50, with a concessionary rate of £2.50, free for under 5s, and a family ticket for £8.00.

Further information may be obtained from the websites and Facebook pages of the Museum and the Trust.