15 years ago, this month the RHS had its first meeting. It was formed in response to the changing times of the town, Heritage was the buzzword for 2005.
In 2009, the society took on the late Brian Ayers collection and the hunt for a home for it began. The collection continued to grow. Today, some of the larger items are in storage in Caistor and Claxby.
Many of the smaller items are displayed in display cabinets or on walls around town. This cabinet was in the WLDC until it closed.
Other places to find our artifacts are; the Doctors surgery, OPS, the March Hare, the Football club, the Old railway station, the Library and Jossals.
We achieved Charity status in 2011.
Over the years, the society has held exhibitions on the following topics:
WW1, WW11, Tudors, 1860s, Christmas past and present, Transport, shops and trade, post office, churches, schools, chemist, RHS, and Crime, law and order.
2009 The beginning of W11 exhibition in the church rooms
2013 the 1860s exhibition in the Church rooms
They have been in the Library, OPS, St Thomas church room, the Festival Hall, the Hub, and at the Race course.
RHS has worked with the town council and other societies in joint events;
Walking festival, churches festival, Christmas fetes, and peace day centenary.
2014 RHS supported St Thomas in the Church Festival weekend.
An exhibition on shops and trade with art and heritage centre in Caistor. See website for more details.
Members have given talk to other RHS members and to other societies:
Co-op, Methodist, WW1, 1818 poll book, Railway Station, Pubs and inns, Magic lanterns, Lincoln Cathedral, Postcards and the Post Office,
Family history, Personal projects, and RHS, to name a few.
We have produced several Booklets
WW1: Middle Rasen: 1818 Market Rasen: Crime, law and order: Market Rasen Grade 11 listed buildings:
Railway station with MRSAG.
Map, walking tour of town
Virtual tour with MR BIG. 2014 RHS and MR BIG won The Flora Murray Award for the virtual tour.
This website is 5 years this Spring, although the society first website was launched in 2008. In June 2020- over 700 hits and three inquiries about RHS. Just some of the things the Society has been involved in during the past 15 years.