A million-pound boost for history in Lincolnshire

Lincoln’s premier museum and gallery is set to get a new name and a £1m revamp ahead of its 20th anniversary.

From 1 April 2023, The Collection Museum will be rebranded as the Lincoln Museum, marking the start of a two-year upgrade to update visitor facilities and gallery spaces.

All the work should be finished by 2025 when the museum, on Danes Terrace in the city, will mark 20 years since first opening its doors to the public.

Located in the heart of Lincoln’s cultural quarter, and almost under the shadow of the city’s towering gothic Cathedral, the award-winning building was designed to blend into its historic surroundings.

Bringing together the city’s rich archaeology and heritage, the museum lies next to the region’s art gallery, the Usher Gallery – opened in 1927 – creating a hub for history and art right in the heart of Lincoln.

The Museum hosts a variety of historic and art exhibitions throughout the year as well as regular talks and events. Galleries cover history dating back to the Stone Age and reveal more about Lincoln’s time as one of Britain’s most important Roman cities, Lindum Colonia.

Among exhibit highlights is a Roman mosaic tiled floor uncovered during the building’s construction, a rare find within the walled Roman city and the largest mosaic discovered since the 19th century. It can now be seen displayed underneath the floor of the museum’s archaeology gallery.

An investment from Lincolnshire County Council of around £1m over the next two years will see work begin later this year. The Museum will remain open to visitors throughout most of the refurbishment works, with some short-term closures of certain areas as necessary.

More details about the museum can be found at www.thecollectionmuseum.com

For information about visiting, and staying in, Lincolnshire, see www.visitlincolnshire.com