November 2018 Update
North Kesteven District Council have been successful in securing Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding! This means that we should be able to commence with the works shortly and work throughout 2019 to make the repairs.
Keep a look out on this page and the council media feeds to learn more as the project moves forward. We are hoping to get people involved in the project as it is delivered so will publicise opportunities as they arise.
Mrs Smith’s Cottage in Navenby is a rare time capsule into a bygone era. The Cottage was never designed to stay standing for so long and its largely unaltered state and long-term resident, the eponymous Mrs Smith, together provide a compelling attraction of how people used to live.
Due to structural issues with the Cottage, the museum was closed to visitors and work has been undertaken to reopen it. This resulted in a successful Heritage Lottery Fund bid in 2016 to ‘Rescue Mrs Smith’s Cottage’, which established the issues with the Cottage and how to resolve these. A submission for the second stage funding was approved by HLF in September 2018, allowing the works to take place.
This website provides information about key aspects of the project and how to get involved in the project. We are keen to engage with people who knew Mrs Smith so that we can relaunch the Cottage as a visitor attraction telling new stories.
Below is a brief history of the Cottage and Mrs Smith, information about the project, its partners and how you can become involved and find out more.