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Mrs Smith's Rag Rug Workshop
Photos from a popular event to make rugs for the floor.
Visit Rag Rug Page to see the projects.

Mrs Smith's Washday
Photos from our Washday event - a fun day for kids and adults alike.
Visit the Washday Page to see the results.

Mrs Smith's Video
A MuBu youth project has completed a series of short videos featuring local museums, including Mrs Smith's Cottage. See Video Project for details and a link to view the videos.
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Old fashioned toys in the Gift Shop
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Children's Wash Day
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The restoration of the Cottage is supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund. Thanks to National Lottery players we are able to bring the museum back to life.

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The museum is currently closed to all visitors until repairs and restoration are completed. We will announce the re-opening as soon as the date is known

Restoration of the Cottage
Update 7th February 2017

NKDC has now gained the necessary approvals and selected the architect and consultants for the restoration project. Scaffolding around the cottage will be erected the week of 20th February in preparation for removing the roof tiles and inspecting the roof structure. Work has begun on defining the other items of restoration needed and the new marketing and visitor display projects.

Phase 1 will involve removing the roof to inspect the damage to roof beams and determine the best approach to making repairs.
Phase 1 will also include the detailed definition of the other internal and external renovation work required, the renewal of the Visitor's Centre and the marketing programme in preparation for the approval of Phase 2 in 2017.

It is anticipated that the work will continue through 2017 and 2018 with re-opening of the cottage in 2019.

You can follow the progress of the restoration project on the 2016 Restoration Project page

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Mrs Smith's Cottage Museum in Navenby is a preserved example of a simple, early Victorian, Lincolnshire cottage. With walls only a single brick thick and the only modern innovations an inside toilet, cold water tap and electricity, it offers a glimpse into life in a bygone age. The Cottage and Visitors Centre at the museum display artefacts and information relating the life and times of Mrs Smith in a rural village from the Edwardian period to the late 20th century.

The museum is named after its last resident who lived there happily and independently until 1995, when she was 102 years old. 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.

A Day Out for the Family
A visit to the Cottage offers a fun experience to adults who may remember the 'Old days' and to kids of all ages who always ask intriguing questions - 'How did Mrs Smith take a bath without a bathroom?' 'How did she make do without a fridge or a hot water tap?'. We can answer those questions and many more and, if you like, you can dress up in old fashioned clothes and do our fun quiz while you take your tour. Our Giftshop offers mementoes of the cottage and simple, old fashioned toys.

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Day out With the Kids! a wonderful site for finding interesting trips for the family.

Enjoy Britain Places to visit and sights to see around the country.
About Britain A tour of Britain that includes Navenby and the Cottage.
Enjoy England More places to visit.
North Kesteven places to visit around and about Navenby.
Navenby village website for further information about the village.

7th February 2017

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