We go into Lincoln a lot. There’s just so much to see and do there. It’s such a beautiful city with a lot of very interesting history.
At the north east of the centre of Lincoln, up past the castle, is the museum of Lincolnshire life. I’ve been wanting to visit here for awhile now but never quite got round to it. It seemed like a good place to visit in the winter so that is what we did.
We caught the train into Lincoln and got a taxi from the station to the museum as it was far too long a walk up for a 3.5 year old and us for that matter.
The staff were all very friendly upon arrival. They gave us a map and then we headed for the café. For just £4.44 we had a coffee, a gorgeous hot chocolate with whipped cream, a flake and marshmallows, an apple juice and a gingerbread man. Bargain!!
We then started looking round. Well we were very impressed. There was so much to see. They have many historically accurate rooms such as a kitchen, lounge, bedroom, stables etc.
After that there are some very interesting war rooms with life size mannequins dressed in old uniforms, plus many old artefacts. Once you have passed through the WW2 room you move into a large space with old modes of transportation. Cars, a carriage hearse, penny farthings and much more. Jamie had great fun interacting with a screen in a car where a lady talks to you asking for your help to start her car with arm waving power.
The room after this is the largest and holds all sorts of amazing wonders. There’s some really large old tractors, a massive tank, there’s even some old train engines. We had a few wows from Jamie in this room. Although he was mostly itching to press the next disabled access button to let us out through the door.
The trouble with toddlers, or even just most children, is that they are always ready to move onto the next thing long before you are. He was always wanting to be one step ahead of us so he could be the one to discover what comes next. This meant we didn’t get to read as much as we’d have wanted to and anything we were trying to teach him was rushed. I’d like to hope he grows out of this but sadly I do doubt it.
We crossed the courtyard to see the rooms on the other side of the old army barracks. These were all shops. So there was an old post office, pharmacy, co op etc. All very interesting and so much to look at.
After this Jamie had an eagerly awaited play on their play ground situated in the centre of the courtyard. There are bunkers to run through and a shelter to sit in. Sadly most of the other play items were just too wet to play on but he enjoyed the wobble boards and running up the hill.
After all this we still had more to see. Upstairs above the shop there are more rooms to investigate. Jamie’s favourite being the school room. At first he didn’t want to go in but once in he didn’t want to leave. Especially when he took his turn to ‘play’ teacher. He was still keen to see more but it was now time to leave and we really had seen everything.
I was pleasantly surprised by this museum and I would certainly return. It’s incredibly interesting, well thought through and put together. Not to mention free.