Grantham Museum interprets the town of Grantham, Lincolnshire through its archaeology, various aspects of post-medieval life, local trades and industries. The Grantham Museum was founded by a local dignitary Henry Preston in the early twentieth century. In the past the Museum housed both a collection of artefacts and a public library. The Museum is now being operated by the Grantham Community Heritage Association.In particular there are excellent exhibitions on three of the local area's claim to fame; Sir Isaac Newton, Margaret Thatcher and the Dambusters.
Most people know that Isaac Newton, the famous scientist, was born at Woolsthorpe Manor, near Grantham, where he famously saw the apple fall and discovered Gravity. Not everyone knows that he was educated in Grantham, at the Kings School, where he carved his name on the wall, and studied Mathematics and Latin. He lived at the Apothecary Shop of William Clarke, a bustling sometimes chaotic household on the Great North Road – a far cry from sleepy Woolsthorpe. Here he was able to read books and carry out experiments – things which significantly contributed to his future scientific career. Grantham Museum’s Newton exhibition features a recreation of the Apothecary shop, complete with things to touch, smell and taste. An interactive map will show you the places Newton knew, still visible in the modern town. And you can find out why Newton put a needle in his eye!
Margaret Thatcher, Britain’s first female Prime Minister was born in Grantham above her father’s grocers shop in 1925. Their exhibition features her early life – you can view her childhood bed and her hockey stick, frugally handed down to a family friend when she went to University. The visitor can also view one of her iconic outfits, find out how her early life and upbringing led on to her political career, culminating in her election as an MP, and subsequent Premiership, and enjoy their 1979 living-room on the eve of the election. Watch the broadcasts, read the Manifestoes, and vote for your choice of Prime Minister. Maybe you remember the Thatcher era? Do you think you know Maggie? Test your knowledge with their free quiz
The iconic and daring Dambusters raid on Germany’s Ruhr Valley in 1943 was devised in Grantham. The result was a turning point in the war as it flooded the industrial heartland of Germany, drastically reducing their ability to manufacture armaments. The museum celebrates the historic achievement of this raid and the crucial part it played in World War Two. The museum is wheelchair accessible. There are toilet facilities on site. Assistance dogs are welcome.
Location : Grantham Museum, St Peters Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PY
Transport: Grantham (National Rail) then bus (9) or 9 Minutes. Bus Routes : 4, 6, 8, 9 and 22 stop near by.
Opening Times : Thursday, Friday, Saturday 10:00 to 16:00
Tel: 01476 568783