About Us

Thank you for visiting the Sir Joseph Banks website

The influence of Sir Joseph Banks, one of Lincolnshire’s most famous sons and one of the greatest figures in Georgian England, is to be found worldwide.

The aim of the Sir Joseph Banks Society is to stimulate interest in his life and achievements through education, research, publications and events and by strengthening Lincolnshire links with Australia and New Zealand.

The Society has been formed by a group of Lincolnshire people and has its base in a recently restored period building in Horncastle, appropriately named The Sir Joseph Banks Centre. The building houses a growing reference library and is working towards establishing a research centre.   There is also a thriving gift shop which is owned and managed by Joseph Banks Limited, a not for profit social enterprise.

We are extremely proud to have Sir David Attenborough & Lord Waldegrave as Patrons of the Society.

Visit our Tribute Garden in Horncastle

In the heart of the lovely market town of Horncastle, the Gateway to the Lincolnshire Wolds, is the Sir Joseph Banks Centre where we have a beautiful Tribute Garden to the amazing  Sir Joseph Banks, the incredible botanist and fellow traveller on the HMS Endeavour with Captain James Cook.  Entry is through the Centre, Monday to Friday from 10-4 and there is no entry fee.

Society Patron: Sir David Attenborough

Society Patron: The Rt Hon The Lord Waldegrave of North Hill

Society President: Professor Libby John

Pro Vice Chancellor/Head of College of Science & Engineering, University of Lincoln


Sir Joseph Banks Society Trustees

Jean Shaftoe (Chairman), Stuart Crooks (Vice-Chairman & Membership Officer), Patrick Cordingley (Hon Secretary), Christine Chapman (Treasurer), Heather Slater (Magazine Editor), Lady Sally Bruce-Gardyne, Richard Locke-Wheaton, Bob Wayne, Roland Freeman.

Sir Joseph Banks Centre
Bridge Street, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 5HZ

email: sirjosephbankssociety@gmail.com – Website: www.joseph-banks.org.uk

For membership enquiries or information please email: stuart.crooks@joseph-banks.org.uk

For more details about the illustrated talks we give about all aspects of Sir Joseph’s life please email: sirjosephbankssociety@gmail.com

Registered charity: Number 1127728