Introducing our team…
L to R Nicki Jarvis, Sally Bird, Michelle Tasker, Emma Clark
North Kesteven District Council have been successful in securing Stage 2 Heritage Lottery Funding! This means that work will be commencing shortly and will run throughout the rest of 2019.
A fantastic day was had by all at The Cliff Carnival on September 21st meeting friends old and new. Was lovely to hear some of your ideas for the Cottage and we will be holding further events throughout the year where you can come and meet us to share your views. Our next event is The National Ploughing Championships and Country Festival where we will be holding craft sessions to weave corn dollies and sew a lavender bag. This years event is on the 12th and 13th of October and will be held in Nocton for more info see The Society of Ploughmen website http://www.ploughmen.co.uk/news
We have appointed Grevatte and Co to deliver the works on the Interpretation of the site and Stone-Edge Construction to carry out the repairs on the roof and ensure the Cottage is structurally sound. Both are hugely experienced heritage contractors and we look forward to working alongside them.
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. 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.