Thumbs up for coastal heritage centre in Boston


Organisers of an exhibition into the town’s coastal history have praised the results of a survey they carried out during the display.

Coastal Boston received 100 forms and surveys in total during their inaugural display – 53 of which were completed at the exhibition, leaving 47 completed online.

Organiser Caroline Wallis said 98 per cent of those who visited the exhibition enjoyed it while 95 per cent of all surveys agreed that a heritage centre would be good for the town.

Miss Wallis said: “I am, of course, absolutely delighted with this information. This level of support from members of the general public is so important to us, especially as so many were local to the area.

“The data will also demonstrate to potential funders that we have the backing of the local residents, a key factor in some applications.”

Other results showed that just over half the responses were aged 55 or over. Miss Wallis said this can be attributed to the fact that the Riverside Café was only open on weekdays, between 9am-4pm, up to the beginning of March, which excluded anyone of working age or families with children being able to visit.

She said this was no longer an issue because the café had changed its hours to open on Saturdays between 9am-3pm. She conceded however, this could have clouded the visitor data picture.

The data also showed that 94 per cent of the respondents identified their nationality as being British or English. The remaining six per cent had variations of this, including UK or Boston. There was no representation of any other nationality.

Miss Wallis said: “This is an issue that we need to address; to find ways to encourage foreign nationals to visit our heritage centre in the future, especially as it was reported in the Guardian in 2012 that just over 10 per cent of Boston’s residents were from Eastern European backgrounds.”

The next exhibition by Coastal Boston, to be held at its base at the Black Sluice Café, on London Road, will revolve around Boston’s role as a repatriation port.

It will also be present at the First World War commemoration event being held at the Drill Hall, on Main Ridge West by Michael Hallett and others on August 2 and 3.