Cottage Museum wins heritage excellence award

cottage_museumYesterday evening Woodhall Spa’s Cottage Museum won the excellence award at the 2014 Lincolnshire Heritage Awards event, held in Gainsborough Old Hall. The annual event  celebrates the best of our county’s heritage projects.









The award was presented by David Sleight, Dean of Public Engagement at the University of Lincoln. He spoke in praise of the museum Continue reading

Colin Reiners, documentary photographer

A few months ago, the residents of Pontremoli, a small town in Liguria, were intrigued by an exhibition of large format photographs by Woodhall Spa resident Colin Reiners. This event was one of many spin-offs from a collection of observational photographs Colin has been working on for several years, portraying life our village.

I first heard about Colin’s Italian adventure plans last summer when I bumped into him in the village. It turned out he was trying to work out how to make a box suitable for shipping large photographic prints to Italy.

Ladridignomicolinreiners_560w-200x300I had seen some of Colin’s Woodhall Spa photographs when they were displayed at the University of Lincoln a few years ago, and I thought then that he had captured brilliantly the essence of the place, in all its quirkiness. Where else can you come across a jet fighter in a farmer’s field, afternoon tea on the Petwood Hotel terrace, a wooden cinema which has been projecting movies since the twenties and probably the smallest shoe shop in England – all within walking distance? Continue reading