Visit

Mrs Smith was well known and well loved in Navenby where she lived until she was 102. Her cottage provides a rare insight into the life of a rural Lincolnshire community through an entire century. The contents and appearance have been preserved from when Hilda Smith last lived there in 1995. She knew all the local history, families and secrets and kept a diary every day. You can explore and reveal layers of a unique story.

Her lifetime connection to Navenby, its people, businesses and community life is similarly rich and well documented. This element of the story is key to understanding Mrs Smith and the Cottage is still closely linked to the Navenby of today.

Explore the unique atmosphere

Mrs Smith’s Cottage is a living building. Using her diaries as inspiration, each day is slightly different. As a guest you can learn how she lived through the seasons and how contentment can be found in simple things. Help yourself to a sweet from the tin and take a seat. Smell the roses in the garden and maybe pull a few weeds. Here you are more than a visitor; you are a helpful guest.

Discover a strong independent character

From climbing a ladder to bed aged 102 to resisting the Council’s insistence on an inside toilet, you will discover Mrs Smith’s independent spirit. Her values, her faith and her life experience gave her resilience and wisdom. Share a memory or lesson of your own on the Wall of Promises. This is a place that collects memories and stories.

Experience the work of the community today

The cottage and her life contain lessons that are invaluable today. Today her principled existence, her determination and warmth inspire creative responses. The Cottage and its stories inspire successive generations and encourage a reflection on contemporary life and issues. A programme of arts activities encourages people to engage in different ways.

Keeping you Safe

Staff and visitor safety is an important part of creating an enjoyable experience, we have ensured our museum is Covid secure by providing hand sanitiser stations throughout and limiting the number of visitors on site. Things are going to feel a bit different, so please read our pre-visit information packs and watch this introductory video, so you can see all the changes we have put in place to keep you safe during your visit.

Opening times

At the moment we are closed due to a nationwide lockdown, affecting England.

We will be reopening on Saturday the 5th of December.

Open 12 until 4pm every Saturday, Sunday and Monday (excluding Christmas day, Boxing day and New Years day)

Cost of entry

  • Adults: £3.50
  • Children (5-15): £2.00
  • Under 5’s: free
  • Family of 2 adults and 3 children: £10.00

How to find us

Mrs Smith’s Cottage is situated on East Road off Navenby High Street (A607). Navenby is 10 miles south of Lincoln and is served by the Grantham-Lincoln bus.

Full Address

Mrs Smith’s Cottage, 3 East Road, Navenby, Lincolnshire, LN5 0EP