As we prepare for the opening of Mrs Smith’s Cottage our website is having a revamp, therefore please follow us on social media to keep up to date with what we are doing or alternatively check out the Heart of Lincs website: http://www.heartoflincs.com/
Our long term projects are still open such as the Community Rag Rug project and the House Stories Project.
The House Stories Project is where people from Navenby complete a form that tells us all about their house, this information is then made into a label which is then displayed, either in their window or on their fence. This information is then put onto a map of Navenby and visitors would then follow the map to find the labels and learn about the history of the village and the houses within it. If you would like to get involved all you need to do is download the form, fill it out and send it back to: [email protected]
You can download the form via the link: Local House-Stories proposal form
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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. Work has been progressing and the scaffolding that surrounded the cottage was removed in February 2020.
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.