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Historic exhibition extended

A historic exhibition at Ayscoughfee Hall, which features an ancient local manuscript, has been extended until July due to popular demand.

Ayscoughfee

Since February the Spalding museum has displayed a range of items belonging to the Spalding Gentlemen's Society, focussed on a recently acquired manuscript.

The free exhibition will now be continued for three months, following much positive feedback.

Cllr Gary Taylor, SHDC portfolio holder for Community Development, said: "Anyone who has a passion for local history will be fascinated by this exhibition and I'm glad to hear that it has been extended."

The 18th century manuscript is titled 'Armes and Memoires of ffamilies in Lincolnshire' and was compiled by Maurice Johnson of Ayscoughfee Hall.

The striking green and gold document depicts the genealogies of a number of renowned Lincolnshire families.

It is believed to date from the 1710s or 1720s and features beautifully written and illustrated entries for various local families, presumably known to Maurice Johnson, who founded Spalding Gentlemen's Society and lived at Ayscoughfee Hall.

Over 200 families are listed, some of whose histories are traced back to the eleventh century.

The exhibition also features an index of names which visitors are able to search, and also to order facsimile copies of pages from the Society, which they hope will help genealogical researchers visiting Spalding.

The objects displayed show the broad range of collections held by the Society, which are accessible by appointment.

The exhibition has been co-curated by Dustin Frazier Wood, Spalding Gentlemen's Society Librarian and Julia Knight, Museum Officer at Ayscoughfee Hall.

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