Have your say on cottage and visit new website

Scaffolding goes up on Mrs Smith's Cottage at Navenby. EMN-170305-100704001
Scaffolding goes up on Mrs Smith's Cottage at Navenby. EMN-170305-100704001
  • With walls only a single brick thick and the only modern innovations an inside toilet, cold water tap and electricity, Mrs Smith’s Cottage offers a glimpse into life in a bygone age.
  • The museum is named after its last resident who lived there happily and independently until 1995, when she was 102 years old and who lived in the Cottage for some 75 years.
  • The building and the contents were preserved by the will and effort of local residents as something very special - displaying as they do the simple and contented life of a lady who had little time for modern innovations.
  • Typical of early to mid 20th century rural life, the old black range, a single cold water tap, period furniture, a washhouse and ladders to the bedrooms are all preserved as Mrs Smith used them until she died.

People are being asked to spare five minutes to comment on what they think of the restoration project of a Navenby heritage attraction.

As part of the restoration project of Mrs Smith’s Cottage, views and opinions are being gathered from people why they visited the Navenby cottage in the past or not and what would make them visit it again once the renovations have been completed.

There are also questions about general leisure activities and volunteering.

Jeffery Kenyon, Prinicipal Economic Development Officer for North Kesteven District Council, said: “We really appreciate people taking five minutes to fill out the short survey as the results will be used to inform how the project is taken forward.

“Our overall aim is to bring the cottage back into use as a place where visitors can find out what life was like in Victorian Lincolnshire, and we want to make sure that it also has exhibits and information that people want to see to get the most out of the experience.”

The survey can be found online at https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/2TNLGG5
A new website has been launched to keep people up-to-date with the restoration’s progress. Alongside news and the history of the cottage, visitors can find information about events and volunteering opportunities. The website can be found at www.mrssmithscottage.com

Last year, NKDC successfully secured money from the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the largest heritage funder in the UK, to help bring Mrs Smith’s Cottage back into use.

It is anticipated that the restoration will continue for the next three years, with a re-opening in 2019.

For more information, or to share your memories of Mrs Smith and the cottage call 01522 811469 or email msc@n-kesteven.gov.uk