Future Lectures & Events


We are pleased to inform you of our exciting 2018 events …

The Bowthorpe Oak near Bourne – as part of the Love Lincolnshire Plants Project, a specimen has been taken and preserved of the Bowthorpe Oak reputed to be “the oldest oak in Britain”.    It is feasible that Sir Joseph Banks himself saw the tree, indeed he may have dined within its trunk.  In 1804 Sir Joseph commissioned the artist John Claude Nattes (1765-1839)  to capture its magnificence in a copper engraving.  If you would like to see this magnificent tree yourself, a Society visit has been organised for the evening of Monday 3rd September 2018.  Normally if you visit the Tree, it is enclosed by a fence but a group visit will allow visitors inside the fence and to go up to the tree itself.  There is an admission charge by Bowthorpe Park Farm and a group visit will cost £10 per head, payable in advance via the Society.  For simplicity, car sharing transport can be arranged, leaving from Horncastle on the 3rd September 2018 around 5pm.  If more convenient, feel free to meet us at Bowthorpe Park Farm ready for a 6.30 guided tour.  Although we cannot offer extraordinary dining as Sir Joseph experienced, it is hoped members will bring a little something to imbibe around sunset time (7.45pm) together with nibbles if desired.  Please email in the first instance to express interest.  Numbers are strictly limited on this guided tour to reduce ground impact on the Tree so please don’t dally.  Please contact:   sirjosephbankssociety@gmail.com P


Heritage Open Days14th & 15th September 2018 from 10-4.  Exhibition of Original Botanical Late 19thC Watercolours by Mrs E.M. Cheales – these stunning botanical watercolours have been re-discovered after spending 100 years in a cloth bag.  They are all identified and many of them have details of where the specimens were found in Lincolnshire.  This unique exhibition will be held at the Sir Joseph Banks Centre, Bridge Street, Horncastle LN9 5HZ.  Free Entry.

In addition, the Lincolnshire Quilters will present the first showing of quilts inspired by Sir Joseph at the Village Church Farm, Church Road South, Skegness PE25 2HF on 15th & 16th September between 10-4.  There is no charge for entry, the quilts will be above the cafe (lift available) together with a sales table and demonstrations.  For more information, please see the Quilters website on: https//linqsblog.wordpress.com

The 2018 Gravity Fields Festival will be held between 26-30 September with many exciting events including a lecture about Sir Joseph by our own President, Libby John – please visit their website for full details.  https://gravityfields.co.uk

The Society’s Annual Dinner – please mark this important evening in your diaries now!                                               Saturday Evening 13 October at the Judges Lodgings, Castle Hill, Lincoln at a price of £34 each for a 3-course meal with coffee.  Our after dinner speaker will be Prof Libby John, the Society’s President.  Please contact Sue Sargeant to book your tickets – email: sue.a.sargeant@gmail.com or telephone 01790 752234.

President’s LectureSaturday 24 November at 3pm  Venue: The Collection, Danes Terrace, Lincoln LN2 1LP.   “Joseph Banks; The Consummate Connector”.   Jordan Goodman is an Honorary Research Associate in the Department of Science & Technology Studies at University College, London.  He has published extensively in the fields of the history of science, history of medicine, cultural history and economic history, in articles and in books.  He is currently writing a book about Joseph Banks’s global projects, entitled “The Enlightenment of Joseph Banks” to be published by 2019 by Harper Collins.  There will be an admission charge (payable on the door) of £3 for members and £5 for non-members. An event not to be missed.