Spalding Gentlemen's Society

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The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society, one of the oldest learned Societies in the kingdom, and the earliest provincial association for the encouragement of archaeology, was founded by Maurice Johnson, (1688-1755), ‘The Antiquary’, of Ayscoughfee Hall, Spalding. Francis, Duke of Buccleuch, (1695-1751), Lord of the Manor of Spalding-cum-Membris, became Patron of the Society in 1732.

Early members included a number of notable eighteenth century figures, among them Sir Isaac Newton, Sir Hans Sloane, President of the Royal Society, whose museum and library formed the basis of the British Museum, Alexander Pope, George Vertue, the engraver, Dr. William Stukeley, John Anstis, F.R.S. Garter King of Arms, John Gay, the poet, the Rev. Richard Bentley, D.D., and Captain John Perry, the engineer. Later, Sir Joseph Banks, Sir G. Gilbert Scott, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, Pishey Thompson, the historian of Boston, Lord Curzon of Kedleston, Lord Peckover of Wisbech, and Lord Ancaster, the Society’s Patron from 1960 to 1983.

The Society's Museum, housed in an Edwardian purpose built building, houses a varied collection, from pre-historic fossils to modern oddities. These are all displayed in an Edwardian Cabinet of Curiosities style. In addition, there is an extensive library and archive, available to researchers by appointment.

Venue Type:

Association or society, Museum, Archive, Library

Opening hours

Monday 10-12, Thurs 7-9pm, by appointment only. Other times by arrangement with the curator, by using email or telephone. Pre-booked tours are available from May through October by arangement.

Admission charges


Getting there

Served by train (Spalding) and coach

Collection details

Archaeology, Literature, Personalities

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Open Sunday at the museum

  • 18 April — 18 September 2015 *on now

There are two more open sundays for the public this spring. These are on the third Sunday of the month from 1 to 4 pm. Admission is free.

Suitable for

  • 14-15
  • 18+
  • 11-13
  • 16-17
  • Any age

Getting there

Served by train (Spalding) and coach

Spalding Gentlemen's Society
9 Broad Street
PE11 1TB

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