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Spalding Gentleman’s Society exhibit ‘rich and eclectic’ collection

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Transported Arts, along with the Spalding Gentleman’s Society, exhibited their ‘rich and eclectic’ collection of artefacts last Saturday.

The Gentlemen’s Society displayed its fabulous collection of items at a stall in the town centre, whilst visitors of all ages could get involved in free, artist-led sketching sessions of the collection as well as brass rubbing.

Artist Steven Hatton explained that although the Gentlemen’s Society museum ‘is much loved by those who have visited’, it remains an ‘undiscovered gem’ for many in and around Spalding.

Sharron and Ian Hoult and Mary Evans with artifacts at the Spalding Gentlemen's Society stall in the market place
Sharron and Ian Hoult and Mary Evans with artifacts at the Spalding Gentlemen's Society stall in the market place

This is little surprise, when South Holland’s population is one of the least involved in local culture compared to the rest of the nation, having traditionally suffered fewer artistic opportunities.

The event was therefore put on to ‘bring art to the least engaged’. Saturday’s event was one of the 21 Creative People and Places programmes from Arts Council England, designed to help everyday people take the lead in creating and immersing themselves in local culture.

The 83 people involved in the stall helped to influence a future trail of etched brass plaques around Spalding, that hopes to breathe ‘fresh life into the artefacts’.

The trail, expected to be installed this Autumn, links the Museum with other key, historic locations in Spalding. The plaques will be based mostly on the Gentleman’s Society’s artefacts, but will also display images inspired by the passions and memories of Spalding residents, among with quotes taken from conversations with local people.

‘Vivid Animations’ will bring the route to life via an app on the explorer’s mobile phone.

The Gentleman’s Society will also be displaying their antiques this Sunday (June 19) from 11am-4pm, to celebrate the Fens and Civic weekend, and will be hosting the Electric Egg artists, who will provide yet more drop-in arts activities on Sunday the July 17 from 11am to 4pm.

Both free events are at the museum at 9 Broad Street, Spalding.

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