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"What's in a brick" free exhibition

A "What's in a brick" exhibition is to open at Boston's Guildhall Museum to encourage people to take more notice of the construction glories all around them.

Medieval floor tiles found in Boston

The architecture and building materials exhibition will look at the key features of construction of some of the major buildings in Boston. It opens on Wednesday, July 17, running into the autumn at the museum, open Wednesday to Saturday from 10.30am to 3.30pm. Admission is free.

Fragments of a Roman villa, tiles, bricks, building blocks and images of the town are some of the things that will be on offer at the exhibition.

Polly Stanley, collection officer at the Guildhall Museum, said: "Boston Big Dig 2011 gave us a glimpse of what is under our feet from the past, this exhibition is to encourage us to look at what is above us from the past.

Polly holding a medieval Carved head Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Polly holding a medieval carved head which was found in Boston

"We hope the What's in a brick - Buildings and their materials exhibition will encourage people to notice more of what is around them."

The exhibition will primarily examine the materials used at the Guildhall Museum, but plans to look at other historical buildings, including St Botolph's Church (Boston Stump), Fydell House, Shodfriars Hall, Blackfriars and Pescod Hall.

The exhibition will complement this year's Lincolnshire Heritage Open Days. The theme for this is "Material Matters" to celebrate the different materials used to create Lincolnshire's diverse buildings.

The open days will provide 75 events, which are run by The Heritage Trust of Lincolnshire on behalf of volunteers, across the county to celebrate the materials used for churches, homes and market towns. There are also additional events relating to archaeology, agriculture, drainage, education, industry, natural history and art.

More information about the local heritage is available at the Tourist Information Centre within the Guildhall Museum.

Shodfriars Hall Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window  Fydell House with railings Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window
The Guildhall Displays a larger version of this image in a new browser window

Shodfriars Hall, featured in the "What's in a Brick - Buildings and their materials" exhibition, The iconic Fydell House made up of red clay to show off its wealth and The Guildhall, built from a "new-fangled" building material in the 1390s - bricks