Roman Lincolnshire Revealed

Research and discoveries from a corner of the Civitas Corieltavorum


These museums and heritage sites all contain Roman material from Lincolnshire in their collections. As displays can change, contact each site individually to see what is on show at any given time or to arrange to view stored collections.

The Collection: Art and Archaeology in Lincolnshire

the collection
The Collection: Art & Archaeology in Lincolnshire

The main archaeology museum for Lincolnshire, The Collection contains the most comprehensive collections of material from Roman Lincolnshire and has dedicated archaeological displays covering the period. Its collections of material from Lincoln is of particular significance. The museum is free to enter.

The collections can be searched online through

North Lincolnshire Museum, Scunthorpe

north lincs museum
North Lincolnshire Museum

North Lincolnshire Museum in Scunthorpe contains material relating to north and northeast Lincolnshire and has high quality permanent displays of Roman finds from Lincolnshire, including material from the Winterton villa. The museum is free to enter.

Lincoln Castle

lincoln castle
Lincoln Castle

The Victorian prison building at Lincoln Castle contains displays of some of the finds excavated at the site, particularly during its recent renovation project. A case within this display looks at the Roman finds from the 4th Century townhouse. There is a charge to visit the prison building and see the archaeology displays.

The British Museum

british museum
The British Museum

The British Museum needs no introduction, and its collections contain a number of important finds from Lincolnshire. You can read my blog post here on some of the more significant of these, many of which are on display in the Romano-British galleries. The museum is free to enter.

The collections can be searched online here.

Louth Museum

louth museum
Louth Museum

Louth Museum’s ‘Ludalinks’ gallery charts the history and development of sites along the route of the River Lud, including a small amount of Roman material. Some items, sadly, are of uncertain provenance, coming from the private collections of Rev Mills, who collected from Lincolnshire but also from Italy. There is a charge to enter the museum.

Hull and East Riding Museum, Hull

hull and east riding museum
Hull and East Riding Museum

The Hull and East Rising Museum collections contain some items from Lincolnshire, particularly from the north of the county. The star of the show are the remains of the mosaic pavement from the villa at Horkstow (see my posts here, here and here to read more about it). The museum is free to enter.

The collections can be searched online here.

Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre

Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre

Caistor Arts and Heritage Centre contains a small heritage display and timeline of the town’s history. A small selection of objects often includes Roman items from the town and surrounding area. The centre is free to enter.

Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

spalding gents
Spalding Gentlemen’s Society

The Spalding Gentlemen’s Society is one of Britain’s oldest museum collections, founded in 1710. Its eclectic collections contain Roman coinage from Lincolnshire and the wonderful leather shoe discovered in 1747 with the ‘Amcotts Moor Woman’ bog body. The museum is free to visit but must be booked in advance.


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