An Antipodean Arrival

Sir Joseph Banks visited Horncastle and the Sir Joseph Banks Centre on his return from the Endeavour voyage. He greeted residents in the market place and met members of the Society as he strolled round the Banks Tribute Garden. He looked quite magnificent in his Georgian outfit and wig. Mike Connor, a botanist who is … [Read more…]

Gravity Fields Festival

President’s Lecture Our President Libby John delivered a lecture at the Gravity Fields scientific extravaganza on 26th September, an event that offered serious lectures relating to Sir Joseph together with instructive yet fun activities such as an interactive globe, and parades through the town of Grantham. The lecture by our President focussed on Sir Joseph’s research … [Read more…]

Heritage Open Days

The Society took part in the Heritage Open Days on Friday and Saturday 14th and 15th September when the Sir Joseph Banks Centre hosted an exhibition of the floral artistry of Miss May Lane-Claypon. Her original watercolours and reproductions were on display. As well as a full set of reproductions of 154 larger studies, two … [Read more…]

Cheales’ Prints

A set of recently re-discovered botanical watercolour paintings by May Lane-Claypon (1872-1964) are held by the Sir Joseph Banks Society and have been catalogued and scanned at high resolution. Prints of these  (154 of her larger works  measuring approximately 10 x 14 inches) are now available to buy either mounted or framed. These full-size reproductions … [Read more…]

#LoveLincsPlants project

The Society is gearing up for its role in the Love Lincolnshire Plants Project which is a partnership between the Natural History Museum in London, the Sir Joseph Banks Society, Lincolnshire Naturalists’ Union and the University of Lincoln to inspire a new generation of botanists – helping to foster our understanding of plants and the … [Read more…]

The Bowthorpe Oak

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 … [Read more…]

Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days – 14th & 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 … [Read more…]

2018 Gravity Fields Festival

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

Annual Dinner

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 … [Read more…]

President’s Lecture

President’s Lecture – Saturday 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, … [Read more…]