Society wants to be a gentleman

Spalding Gentlemen's Society presents its fortnightly lecture given by Rodney Lines, with society chairman Nick Casswell, honorary treasurer Tom Grimes, Colin Baslington and Harrison Fuller.  Photo by Tim Wilson.
Spalding Gentlemen's Society presents its fortnightly lecture given by Rodney Lines, with society chairman Nick Casswell, honorary treasurer Tom Grimes, Colin Baslington and Harrison Fuller. Photo by Tim Wilson.

Spalding Gentlemen’s 
Society is set for a quiet 
revolution with plans to make itself more accessible to the public.

Members of the 300-year-old society’s council of management are considering a move from its current home in Broad Street to a new, but as yet undecided, base in the town.

The society, which has about 350 members, wants to open its doors as a museum so that people can see its collection of ceramics, weaponry and artefacts, including a bust of Lincolnshire-born scientist Sir Isaac Newton.

Professor Michael Chisholm, the society’s honorary secretary, said: “Our charter states that the aim of the society is to promote and foster among the public knowledge, appreciation and the study of the arts, humanities and sciences.

“The problem is how to convert that into reality and our vision is to be able to be open to the public, hopefully five days a week, without the necessity of guides being around.

“One of the issues is how far do we keep the Edwardian atmosphere of the museum and how far we go towards a more modern way of presenting things.

“My own personal belief is that we should have displays that tell the story of Spalding and the surrounding area.”