Book a Curators Talk

Museum staff can offer talks and presentations to the public and to groups and societies depending on staff availability. We have a selection of prepared talks available. If you have a specific subject in mind, please Contact Us with your requirements.

Charges for outreach talks and lectures are £95.00 per session.

Costume Talks

  • Decades of Style

A look at the changes in evening wear from the 1840s to the 1970s. Uses stunning pieces from the costume collection to illustrate. From Victorian balls, through the Flapper jazz era and to 1970s disco, discover how fashion and etiquette have evolved.

  • Formal to Flapper

Using items from the costume collection to explore lifestyles from the Victorian period to the 1920s. Events such as Queen Victoria’s mourning for her husband and the First World War defined fashion. This talk will look into how these events affected the clothing of the period. Discover how shocking the 1920s Flapper girl would be to the reserved Victorian lady!

  • Victorian Secret 

Undress the past, layer by layer, to discover the burden of clothes for the Victorian lady. View costume from the collection close up. This talk looks at the role that clothing played in the Victorian era. Was any of it practical, or was it all a matter of status and attractiveness? Explore the role of a woman, her place in society, and how her clothes symbolised this.

  • Exercising Self-Restraint: A History of Corsetry

Explore the history of the corset. Using examples from the collection as well as modern examples. Discover the purpose of the corset, from practicality to vanity, through the ages. Learn about the sort of people who have used corsets historically. Find out about the role they played in the life and society of a Victorian woman.

  • Soldiers in Petticoats: Fashion and the Suffragette Movement

Explore how suffragettes used fashion to emphasise their cause. We will look at the use of particularly feminine styles and colour symbolism, as well as the companies marketing fashion towards the suffragettes.

“Thank you so much for coming to talk to the club. We all enjoyed your presentation very much. A journey down memory land for most of us! You were full of such enthusiasm and so knowledgeable.”

Wragby Ladies Lunchtime Club

Local History Talks

  • Boggins and Ploughjags

Exploring local traditions, superstitions and other folklore. From the more famous annual traditions like the Haxey Hood to lesser-known stories and forgotten traditions. 

  • Normanby Hall Auxiliary Hospital

An insight into Normanby Hall during the First World War. Photographs illustrate life for recovering soldiers at Normanby Hall between 1914 and 1919. Discover the stories of the patients, nurses, staff and family.  

  • William Fowler of Winterton

An overview of the life, times and work of one of North Lincolnshire’s most famous sons. Fowler was a Georgian joiner and architect from Winterton. He went on to create engravings of Roman mosaics and Medieval architecture. This work led to Fowler meeting the rich and famous, including Queen Charlotte and the princesses.

  • Style & Substance: 20th Century Architecture in North Lincolnshire

An overview of 20th century architecture in North Lincolnshire. Explore why certain designs were chosen, the ideology behind them and how they have shaped the architectural landscape of today. Discover different architectural styles through local examples.

Archaeology Talks

  • Mosaics in North Lincolnshire

An overview of the known Roman mosaics from the local area, their discovery and interpretation of their decorative schemes. Including images from the excavations and engravings by William Fowler and David Neal.

  • The Brigg ‘Raft’

The story of the rediscovery of the Bronze Age Brigg ‘Raft’ in 1896, its excavation in the 1970s by the National Maritime Museum and subsequent return to the Brigg Heritage Centre in 2014.

  • An Archaeological History of North Lincolnshire in 10 Sites

An outline of the history of North Lincolnshire from the Palaeolithic to the Medieval period using a selection of key sites and objects from the Museum’s collection.

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