Museum of Lincolnshire Life

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The museum in 2010

The Museum of Lincolnshire Life is a museum in Lincoln, Lincolnshire, in the UK. The museum collection is a varied social history that reflects and celebrates the culture of Lincolnshire and its people from 1750 to the present day. Exhibits illustrate commercial, domestic, agricultural, industrial and community life.[1]

The museum occupies a listed former barracks, built in 1857 for the Royal North Lincoln Militia. An important new redevelopment at the museum expands on this military history, with the story of the Royal Lincolnshire Regiment and Lincolnshire Yeomanry being explained and illustrated by a variety of methods.[2]


The Mark IV tank in the museum

The museum thought that it housed one of the first tanks developed during World War I by the local firm of William Foster & Co. of Lincoln. The tank was believed to be named "Flirt II", a Mark IV Female; however during the filming of inside the tank for the museum's new digital tour guides, a different serial number was discovered than the one that was expected. This led to the discovery that this tank was called "Daphne" and not "Flirt II". They were two completely different tanks. Research has shown that she was issued to the 12th Company, D Battalion of the Tank Corps. She was mentioned in regimental diaries as having been involved in the attacks at Passchendale in August 1917.

The museum also has exhibits featuring recreations of old shops, house interiors along with an extensive collection of early farm machinery, with examples of machines built by local companies, such as the Field Marshall tractor built in Gainsborough, Lincolnshire by Marshall, Sons & Co..

Two early Ruston-Bucyrus excavators are on display in the yard, an RB4 of 1929 and an RB17 of 1937; these were delivered to the museum by a crew from Ruston-Bucyrus headed by Richard Phillips.

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Coordinates: 53°14′16″N 0°32′40″W / 53.2379°N 0.5444°W / 53.2379; -0.5444 (Museum of Lincolnshire Life)