Platinum Jubilee

Horncastle History & Heritage Society is delighted to have received a £10,000 grant from Lincolnshire Community Foundation and Arts Council England’s Let’s Create Jubilee Fund to help celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee. The Society is working with Horncastle Town Council and organisations across the town on a programme of festivities culminating on the Platinum Jubilee Weekend. Keep posted to find out more.

A People’s History of Horncastle in Photos

We are appealing for people to share their old photos to help create a ‘People’s History of Horncastle’ exhibition opening on Thursday 5th May until until Saturday 18th June. The exhibition will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am-4pm.

The interactive exhibition will feature a timeline of life in the town from 1952 to 2022, but we need your help to fill it with photos!

Anyone can share a photo for the exhibition, provided you know what year it was taken between 1952 and 2022. Photos need to have been taken in Horncastle, and should include at least one person (ie not just photos of buildings), and you must have their permission to share it. Please also make sure you give us a caption describing what is happening in the photo.

You can share a photo by email to jubilee@horncastlejbc.info or bring an original photograph in to be scanned at the Joseph Banks Centre during opening hours Thursday to Saturday 10am to 4pm.

Chairman of the Society, Dr Ian Marshman said: “It is easy to look at our historic town and think nothing ever changes, but when you look back at the past 70 years that the Queen has reigned over, life in Horncastle has changed beyond recognition.”

“In 1952 when the Queen’s reign began Horncastle was still in decline from its early 19th century heyday. The town was half the size it is today, and a population of 3,800 it was 25% smaller than it had been in the 1850s, and people were moving away to find work. Most residents still lived and worked right here in the town, fewer people had cars, and many older homes had facilities that hadn’t improved much since the Victorians.”

By submitting your photo you agree that Horncastle History & Heritage Society can reproduce the photo and the caption you provide and display it in the exhibition, and to help promote and evaluate the exhibition. If the photo includes people who are still living, please ensure you have their permission to share it with us.

Please do not post original photographs as we may struggle to return them. If you would like to donate any original photographs to the Society’s Town Archive please contact us first to discuss this.