Important milestone for Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

THE 100th anniversary of the official opening of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society museum building in Broad Street, Spalding, is being commemorated with a ceremony attended by MP John Hayes.

THE 100th anniversary of the official opening of the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society museum building in Broad Street, Spalding, is being commemorated with a ceremony attended by MP John Hayes.

Mr Hayes will cut the ribbon at the re-opening ceremony next Friday, which marks the anniversary of the building, as well as the 300-year milestone of Spalding Gentlemen’s Society.

Prior to having the museum in Broad Street, president Dr John Cleary says members met in a coffee house called Youngers in Abbey Passage, in a room is what is now Abbey Buildings behind Bookmark and sometimes in a room over a chemist’s shop in Bridge Street.

He continued: “In the early days it was an antiquarian society so people brought coins and people would talk of natural events, such as an earthquake in Scarborough in 1740 which caused great excitement.”

Dr Cleary described the club today as “a learned society that sets out to inform public discussion by means of showing people around its collections and inviting people to attend lectures on topics of the day”.

He added: “The ceremony is purely a celebration of the fact that the building has been there for 100 years and perhaps it’s a question of thinking ‘What should we actually be thinking about doing for the next 100 years?’. So it’s getting people together to allow them to think without an agenda.”

In 2007 the society agreed to accept females and the 350-strong membership now includes 30 women.