William Stukeley was an antiquarian. He was one of the first members of the Society of Antiquities. He was born in Holbeach in Lincolnshire in 1687. Stukeley studied medicine at Cambridge University. Whilst there he began sketching historical objects and making topographical and architectural drawings. During the 17th century, many historical sites were being damaged or destroyed by agriculture and industry. Stukeley recognised their importance and deplored their loss.
Between 1710 and 1725, he embarked on annual tours of the country, and in 1724 he visited Lincolnshire. He sought out interesting sites and monuments to visit. He recorded his findings to preserve as much information as he could. The results were published as the ‘Itinerarium Curiosum: An account of the antiquities and remarkable curiosities in nature or art observed in travels through Great Britain’.
In this video, Heritage Manager Rose Nicholson takes a closer look at the Museum’s copy of Stukeley’s Itinerarium Curiosum.
Curator’s Choice – A Venetian Soldino in Lincolnshire
A closer look at Venetian soldino in the Museums collection.
Curator’s Choice – Atkinson’s Illustrations
A closer look at the drawings of Alfred Atkinson for the Brigg Court of Sewers.
Curator’s Choice – Bill’s Letters to Home
A closer look at a series of letters sent by William ‘Bill’ Smith to his fiancé Evelyn Goodacre.
Curator’s Choice – Boy’s Dresses
A closer look at the clothes worn by Rowland Winn, 1st Baron St Oswald as a small boy.
Curator’s Choice – Fowler’s Mosaics
A closer look at William Fowler of Winterton’s engravings of mosaics.
Curator’s Choice – Magnificent Moths
A closer look at the Museum’s moth collection.
Curator’s Choice – Of Mourning and Bonnets
A closer look at a selection of Victorian mourning bonnets.
Curator’s Choice – Reverend Parkinson’s Waistcoat
A closer look at the Reverend Parkinson’s waistcoat.
Curator’s Choice – Riley’s Crisp Factory
A closer look at Scunthorpe’s Riley’s Crisp Factory.
Curator’s Choice – The Flintlock Flint
A closer look at gunflints.
Curator’s Choice – The Unassuming Plough Pebble
A closer look at Medieval plough pebbles.
Curator’s Choice – The Thresher
A closer look at the threshing machine.
Curator’s Choice – The Wroot Axe
A closer look at the Neolithic Wroot Axe.