What’s on in 2020…
The New Year has got off to a cracking start here at Mrs Smith’s Cottage.
Over the winter we have held a series of events. At ‘An Enchanted Evening’ on a damp November evening we celebrated the role that the lottery players have had in preserving the nation’s heritage as well as the 25th Birthday of the National Lottery. Running up to Christmas we got into the festive spirit with a visit to Navenby CofE Primary School’s Christmas Fayre and a Vintage Craft event at the cottage. January saw the return of a folk tradition which is thought to have died out in Navenby in the 1930’s. The Plough Jags brought their own unique storytelling to the village with a series of plough plays beginning in the cottage garden and involving the pulling of a plough through the village to visit and perform in The Kings’s Head and The Lion and Royal public houses.
2020 sees a planned series of events throughout the year with a ‘Mapping our Village’ day being held at The Venue on Grantham Road on Sunday 9th February between 10:30 and 15:30 where everyone is encouraged to drop in and contribute to our community project to assist in the development of The Navenby Trail.
This event will be led by Artist Nicki Jarvis who has spent the winter getting out in to the community and meeting with a huge variety of groups and individuals. Nicki is now working alongside the interpretation team Grevatte and Co and newly appointed learning officer Sally Bird. Our team is really beginning to take shape, watch this space for more recruitment news in the next few weeks.
Keep a look out on this page, our Instagram and Twitter feeds and the council media feeds to learn more as the project moves forward.
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 (HLF) 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.