Visitors to Barton-upon-Humber can enjoy two special exhibitions this month.
The free exhibitions, which are held at Baysgarth House, celebrate two of the town’s much-loved institutions, the Humber Bridge and the Barton Carnival.
The shows are open weekends and Bank Holiday Monday in August from 10am to 4pm, apart from 22 August, when the museum closes at 2pm for a performance in the park.
The first exhibition, Barton: The Town that Built a Bridge, curated by The Ropewalk, uses workers’ reminiscences and local photographer David Lee’s atmospheric pictures to tell the story of the Humber Bridge’s construction, as it celebrates its 40th anniversary.
In the second room, people can discover the history of the Barton Carnival, which has been a highlight of the town’s calendar for more than 90 years
North Lincolnshire Museums are also asking residents to come forward with their own memories and photographs of the event. With the help of local people they hope to add to the exhibition, identify faces in the pictures and build up a great record of Carnivals past.
Fantastic feedback has already been received, with one visitor commenting:
“Great opening displays. Lots of Humber Bridge memories – we had the tea towel and ashtray (I think everyone did)”
The exhibitions provide a rare opportunity to see inside the beautiful Grade II listed Georgian building, before it closes its doors for an extensive maintenance programme.
The house is situated in 30 acres of Green Flag awarded parkland, which this month plays host to inventive, open-air performances of classic books.
On 22 August, from 2pm to 4pm, join the critically acclaimed Pantaloons Theatre Company for a new adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice.
Then, on 30 August, there’ll be fun for all the family, with the company staging Kenneth Grahame’s classic countryside caper, The Wind in the Willows.
The theatre performances, which are organised by Barton Tourism Partnership, are free, with donations to enable future performances gratefully received.
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