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Hunt for architect to restore ‘Mrs Smith’s Cottage’ museum

Navenby, Lincolnshire
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North Kesteven District Council (NKDC) is recruiting an architect to regenerate a Grade II-listed domestic museum in Navenby, Lincolnshire, known as ‘Mrs Smith’s Cottage’

The winner of the contract will draw up plans to restore the visitor attraction, which closed to the public four years ago due to structural problems and a pest infestation.

The unmodernised two-storey dwelling was home to Hilda Smith for more than 70 years, and was purchased by the local authority in 1995 when she died aged 102.

In its competition brief, the council says it is ‘working towards submitting a Round 2 Bid for Heritage Lottery Funding (HLF) for “Mrs Smith’s Cottage: bringing the cottage back into use”. The cottage is a rare example of a typical early-19th-century Lincolnshire home and a well-preserved time capsule having had minimal alterations since it was built.

‘The cottage is particularly significant because the last resident, Mrs Smith, lived there for over 70 years documenting her life in a daily diary which provides a fascinating insight into a remarkable woman. The collection is comprised of the items that were in the cottage when Mrs Smith occupied it and there is a photographic record of how the rooms were laid out.’

Mrs Smith’s Cottage was constructed in the 1830s in the centre of Navenby, a former market town 13km south of Lincoln. The house, which had around 3,500 visitors a year, features a toilet, cold water tap and electricity but is otherwise entirely unmodernised.

The regeneration scheme will deliver essential structural repairs and also restore the interior of the cottage, the garden and the visitor centre. It is scheduled to complete in 2019.

The deadline for applications is noon, 20 December.

How to apply

View the contract notice for more information

Contact details

North Kesteven District Council
District Council Offices
Kesteven Street
NG34 7EF

Email: ian_spreadborough@n-kesteven.gov.uk

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