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North Kesteven District Council is applying to the Heritage Lottery Fund for a grant to bring Mrs Smith’s Cottage back into use as a popular heritage attraction at the heart of the village of Navenby.

The Cottage was built in the 1830s and most original features remain intact.  What makes the Cottage particularly special is the connection to Mrs Smith, who lived there for 73 years, her diaries and the collection of her effects at the time of her death in 1995 aged 102.  Together these provide a unique insight into the world of a remarkable woman and 20th century village life. 

After her death, a group of local people and North Kesteven District Council worked together to raise the funds to purchase and renovate the Cottage and open it as a museum.  Attracting up to 3,500 visitors a year to Navenby, the Cottage provided wider economic benefits to local businesses and volunteering opportunities for the local community.

There was also a popular programme of special events including rag rug making, Wash Days, Easter Egg hunts, Christmas celebrations, children’s craft activities and Victorian school days.  A schools programme provided a unique opportunity for pupils to experience life in the early 20th century.

The Cottage was closed to visitors at the end of 2012, when it became clear that structural issues and an insect pest infestation meant the building had become unsafe. 

North Kesteven District Council has already been awarded a Round 1 pass by the Heritage Lottery Fund which means we are now developing a Round 2 application.  The project will cost around £800,000 and include:
·         Urgent repairs and conservation work to the building
·         Telling the story of Mrs Smith and her cottage through fresh interpretation
·         A new learning programme
·         An exciting programme of events and activities
·         Improved visitor facilities

It is very important that we involve local people and visitors to Mrs Smith’s Cottage in the development of this project and ask them what changes and activities they would like to see on site.  We will use what you tell us to develop an Activity Plan for Mrs Smith’s Cottage which will form a crucial part of our Round 2 bid to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

We would be very grateful if you could take a few minutes to complete this questionnaire.   Every response helps us with the development of our project.  The deadline for completing the questionnaire is 31st July 2017.

Thank you very much for your time.

 

 

* 1. When it was open, how often did you visit Mrs Smith's Cottage?

* 2. If you previously visited Mrs Smith's Cottage, how did you usually travel there?

* 3. How easy was it for you to visit Mrs Smith's Cottage?

  Very easy Easy Not easy Very difficult
Finding Mrs Smith's Cottage
Parking
Availability of public transport
Entering the site
Access to the first floor
Access to local toilets

* 4. How long did you usually spend at Mrs Smith's Cottage?

* 5. What are your priorities when planning leisure activities? (please tick all that apply)

  Very Important Important Less Important Not Important
Quality time with friends and family
Activities for all ages
Activities for children
Fun and entertaining
Educational
Interesting
Something different from everyday life
Accessibility
Low cost or free
Open at weekends
Exciting
Relaxing
Cafe or restaurant
Toilets
Shop

* 6. How important is it for you to learn about the following themes when you visit Mrs Smith's Cottage

  Very important Important Less Important Not important
Mrs Smith's story
Mrs Smith's way of life
Life in 20th century rural Lincolnshire
Village life
The history of the cottage building
Understanding food production and farming
The impact of the Second World War on Navenby
The cottage gardens
Linking national/ international events to Mrs Smith's story

* 7. In addition to telling the story of Mrs Smith and her cottage, the site will also be used for a number of other functions. How important are these to you?

  Very Important Important Less Important Not Important
School visits
Special events
Guided Tours
Practical workshops/ activities

* 8. What sort of activities and special events might you be interested in at Mrs Smith's Cottage?  Some of these may take place in other local venues (please tick all that apply)

* 9. We are planning to tell the story of Mrs Smith's Cottage in lots of different ways. Which of the following would you prefer? (please tick all that apply)

* 10. Would any of these changes make you more likely to visit Mrs Smith's Cottage? (please tick all that apply)

* 11. What things do you think most need improving at Mrs Smith's Cottage?

* 12. Would you be interested in becoming a volunteer at Mrs Smith's Cottage? (you are not committing yourself if you say yes)

* 13. Could you tell us the reason/s why you would not be interested in becoming a volunteer at Mrs Smith's Cottage at this time? (please tick all that apply and go to Q16)

* 14. What kind of volunteering might you be interested in? (please tick any that apply)

* 15. If you would like to be a volunteer, please let us have your contact details, and we will be in touch.

* 16. How do you like to find out about things going on at Mrs Smith's Cottage? (please tick all that apply)

* 17. What do you think makes Mrs Smith's Cottage special?

* 18. What do you dislike most about Mrs Smith's Cottage?

* 19. How did you hear about this survey?

* 20. What is your gender?

* 21. What is your age group?

* 22. If you consider yourself to have a disability, is there anything we can to make visiting Mrs Smith's Cottage easier for you?

* 23. How would you describe you ethnicity?

* 24. What are your favourite places to visit in your leisure time and why?

* 25. What is your postcode?

Thank you for completing this survey. Your answers will help us to shape the development of Mrs Smith's Cottage

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