Founded in 1710, the Society boasts a long and interesting history. Our collections are incredibly varied - you can find anything from a hatpin to a range of firearms and cameras, beautiful glassware, an amazing selection of coins, medals and stamps, silverware and tableware - and an amazing library.
The Society also arranges an important series of professional lectures on a wide range subjects, which are open to the public. For further details, please follow the link.
If you have the chance to visit Spalding, please do contact us to arrange a tour of our wonderful building and see all the treasures within!
The Arts Council runs a scheme for the accreditation of museums. In 2015 the Society learned that its application for the accreditation of the museum, but not the library and archives, had been successful.
Accreditation is a form of Kite Mark, as used on things that one buys in the shops. In our case, the award was based in part on the way we currently look after museum artefacts, and partly on undertakings given by the Society about improvements for the future - improvements in care and also in access by members of the public. The award will be reviewed after three years.
Accreditation is now an almost mandatory condition for obtaining grants from bodies such as the Heritage Lottery Fund, so it is going to be important to retain the status in the future.
Library and archive holdings are subject to a separate scheme of accreditation that is more demanding that for museums. As matters currently stand the Society would not meet those standards, if for no other reason than the fact that library holdings are intermingled with museum holdings and access cannot be fully controlled.
Of Special Interest
Please take a moment to look at our Collection Spotlight section, where a collection of Stukeley drawings is highlighted.