The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

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The county museum and gallery for Lincolnshire the Collection incorporates the Usher Gallery and the City and County Museum. The museum part of the enterprise is housed in a new, purpose-built building close to the Usher gallery in the city of Lincoln displaying internationally significant treasures from the area, including a 3-by-3-metre Roman mosaic.

Play at The Collection is a new activity centre for younger visitors to play and learn. Bright and engaging there's something for all younger children including toddlers, and a safe play space for babies.

Whether it's dressing up as a princess, a knight or even a dragon and then entering the Step Into a Portrait picture frame, or creating a work of art that might even make it onto the masterpiece wall, PLAY will inspire and delight your children in equal measure.

Eat at The Collection where the improvements to the cafe are striking and Lincoln's premier coffee people, Stokes, are now in residence in a much lighter and brighter cafe where you can relax whilst enjoying the finest in food and drink.

New at The Collection is the exhibition space in the open hall at the centre of the museum that features a changing exhibition of artefacts previously not seen in the museum. The first displays showcase an amazing array of arms and armour including a 16th Century suit of German armour and Samurai swords. The new displays also feature some beautiful fossils.

Whether your child likes dressing as a princess or you like looking at armour from days gone by, the new improvements at the museum are bound to impress and you can plan your next visit over a cup of Lincoln's finest brew.

Venue Type:

Museum, Gallery, Archaeological site

Opening hours

10am to 4pm seven days a week

Last Admission 3.45pm

Closed: Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day

Admission charges


City and County Museum's currently contain over 2,000,000 objects. Any material from official archaeological excavations in Lincolnshire is eventually deposited at the museum so the collections are growing all the time.

The collections are not only important locally, but also regionally, nationally and internationally.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Coins and Medals, Design, Natural Sciences, Weapons and War, World Cultures, Fine Art

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Lothar Götz at The Collection

The Russell Chantry: Lothar Götz/Duncan Grant

  • 13 February — 29 May 2016 *on now

In 1953 Duncan Grant was commissioned to decorate Lincoln Cathedral’s Russell Chantry with a set of murals depicting St Blaise, the patron saint of wool workers. The mural unveiled in 1959 remained private for a number of years, possibly because Duncan Grant chose to put a little too much of his own life onto the walls, being reopened for public view after restoration in 1990.
The murals were painted at a time in British art history when mural painting was far more likely to occur on secular or municipal buildings and it is partly this that makes Grant's chapel murals a rarity.

The Collection is inviting Lothar Götz to produce a new mural inside a 1:1 scale reproduction of this chapel. The exhibition will include a number of Duncan Grant's preparatory studies for his murals and examples of other artworks produced for sacred spaces from Lothar Götz, alongside highlights from the Methodist Art Collection. This exhibition is supported by an academic conference funded through the Paul Mellon/Yale Fund with the University of Lincoln (18th March 2016) and a publication funded through the University of Sunderland.

This project will be supported with a brand new commission for our unique sound wall by artist David McSherry

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Disconnection photography project


  • 9 April — 7 May 2016 *on now

Opening Dates: 9 April- 7 May
Opening Times: 10.00am- 4.00pm daily
Venue: Courtyard Gallery
Price: Free Entry

Drawing inspiration from his own life, friend’s lives, and observations of the general public, David seeks to show that whilst technology allows us to be connected to, and to be part of, the larger ever expanding world, it is making us lose touch with our physical surroundings. We now spend our lives living through the lens of others, via the Internet and social media, rather than paying attention and enjoying the physical experiences around us.

David is inviting the public to come and view a collection of images, which demonstrate common examples of when technology creates a rift between us and our surroundings. This offers the opportunity to the public to reflect upon their current technology usage habits, and perhaps may even inspire them to put their devices down and spend more time appreciating the physical world they live in.

For more information, please contact the artist via email at;

Suitable for

  • Any age




Title promotion pic


  • 14 May — 12 June 2016

Title is an exhibition which takes its inspiration from the titles of a series of images by Julia Margaret Cameron – widely regarded as the first female fine art photographer – held in the Tennyson archive in Lincoln.

Seven artists have been selected for their use of themes and processes in their practices which harmonise with Julia Margaret Cameron’s methods but may produce a totally different experience aesthetically. ‘Title’ is a contemporary response to the archaic language used by Julia Margaret Cameron and her peers

Artists in the exhibition include Angela Chalmers, Fiona Parkinson, Melly Em Clark, Michelle Forrest-Beckett, Ross Oliver, Louise Thomas, Laura Heath and the exhibition is curated by Emily Musgrave.

Suitable for

  • Any age




Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Dinosaur at Museums at Night

Dinosaur Night: T-Rex on the Loose!

  • 13 May 2016

The museum will be open until 8pm and is holding a dinosaur-themed night, with lots of additional activities. The highlight will be a life-like animatronic T-Rex that will be roaming the halls.

The T-Rex will be making three 30 minute appearances on the night, at 4.30pm, 6.00pm and 7.00pm.

We'll also have other dinosaur-themed activities, including a dinosaur egg trail, story-time, crafts, face-painting and a talk on Lincoln's Plesiosaurs and their importance which is suitable for all ages.

Suitable for

  • Any age


It is free of charge to enter the museum.

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Lincs to the Past

Lincs to the Past

Our new website allows you to browse and buy images from Lincolnshire’s Cultural collections. You can also view exhibitions and learning resources. There are over 500,000 images available on the website including archive documents, maps and photographs.

The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire
Danes Terrace



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01522 782040

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