Fascinating exhibition unearths the Isle of Axholme’s past

Tourism, Museums and The Arts
09:00, Friday, 18th March 2022

Visitors to North Lincolnshire Museum will be able to enjoy a special exhibition exploring the rich history of the Isle of Axholme.

Launching on 19 March, the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership exhibition is the culmination of five years of fantastic discoveries across the Isle.

The exhibition is completely free to enjoy and will showcase a superb collection of pictures, videos, objects, taken from 21 different Isle projects.

Formerly an inland island surrounded by rivers, streams and meres before being drained in the 17th century, the area has had a fascinating and varied history.

The exhibition allows visitors to unearth some amazing finds dating back to the Isle’s period as the powerhouse of the influential Mowbray family in the Middle Ages, including shield decorations, floor tiles and Medieval pottery.

Dating back to 2,500 BC, the structure is considered the earliest known example of a corduroy track in Britain.
An exciting events programme will complement the exhibition.

Special guests speakers will explore a range of Axholme-related themes monthly between March and September.

In July visitors will be able to enjoy a series of events during the Festival of Archaeology, including a Living History fun day on 29 July.

Cllr John Davison, cabinet member for safer, stronger communities: urban, said: “The credit for this fantastic exhibition goes to the hundreds of volunteers that have taken part in the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership.

“Not only are they protecting one of North Lincolnshire’s unique landscapes while learning new skills, along the way they have unearthed some truly fascinating objects, that are now displayed for everyone to enjoy.

“Offering hands-on history dating back an incredible 200 million years, North Lincolnshire Museum is a great day out for the whole family.”

David Renwick, Director, England, North at The National Lottery Heritage Fund, said: “Landscapes and nature form the bedrock of our culture and heritage, improving wellbeing, sparking curiosity, and protecting and providing for the community’s surrounding and inhabiting them.

“Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, we are proud to have supported the Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership and this exciting new exhibition in highlighting the value of nature to all our daily lives.”

To find out more about the exhibition and stay up to date with upcoming events, visit the new look North Lincolnshire Museum website.

The museum is open seven days a week and is free to enter. The Isle of Axholme and Hatfield Chase Landscape Partnership exhibition is available to enjoy until 9 October 2022.

The exhibition and landscape partnership has been supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund and is made possible thanks to National Lottery Players.