Grantham in Lincolnshire is best known as the birthplace of prime minister Margaret Thatcher, the place where Isaac Newton went to school, and for a link with the Dambusters raid on the Ruhr dams in 1943 - the raid was planned from St Vincents in Grantham. All three are represented in collections at Grantham Museum.
Grantham Museum was founded in 1926 by antiquarian Henry Preston. The current collection on local Stone Age, Anglo Saxon and Roman sites was mainly amassed by Preston. Over the years this core collection was added to, especially in the field of agricultural machinery. There is also a significant collection dedicated to Victorian industry. Industrialists Richard Hornsby and James Coultas from Grantham, both internationally important, are represented.
On my visit the most affecting item I saw was one of the puppets of Margaret Thatcher used in the satirical television show Spitting Image. I remember seeing the Spitting Image Margaret beating up her colleagues, and it was nice to see her again!
Directions: From the A1, follow signs to the High Street. The Museum is set back from the High Street between East Street and St Catherine's Road. Click here for an interactive map centred on Grantham Museum.
Address: St Peter's Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PY
Opening Times: Please use contact details below.
Access: Wheelchair access is possible to all areas. A wheelchair is available for use. Adapted toilet facilities are provided.
telephone: 01476 568783