Seashore battle recalled at the archives

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An unusual legal battle over rights to Skegness’s seashore, is one of a series of lunchtime lectures taking place at Lincolnshire Archives.

Each of the lunchtime lectures focuses on a different historical theme and draws on some of the collection’s most interesting items.

Other subjects include the story of aircraft production during the First World War and the history of RAF Fighter Command in the county.

“Our collections are among the most important in the country, and offer an invaluable resource for historians and those researching their family tree,” said cultural services advisor Carol Tasker.

“As well as offering an insight into some of Lincolnshire’s rich history, the events will also bring to light some of our most fascinating documents and show how these items can be used to uncover the past.

“The lectures will also highlight the work that goes into protecting and showcasing our local heritage; work that has been recognised officially with the recent award of accredited status.”

Lincolnshire Archives is one of the first record offices in the country to receive accreditation from the Archive Service Accreditation Committee. The award, which was presented by the National Archives on 6 February 2015, recognises the highest standards in archival practice.

The lunchtime lectures take place at 1pm every Wednesday from 25 February at the archives at St Rumbold Street, Lincoln and include:

· 25 February - Historical maps and plans for Lincoln

· 4 March - The earl and the coconut shy: A Skegness seashore battle of the 1890s

· 11 March - Fighter Command in Bomber County

· 18 March - Aircraft production in Lincolnshire during World War One

· 25 March - Engineering power: Ruston and Hornsby of Lincoln

· 1 April - An introduction to manorial documents

Tickets cost £3, or £2 for concessions, and can be booked by contacting the Lincolnshire Archives on 01522 782040.