Mrs Smith’s Cottage

Opening times: Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, 12pm-4pm

Step into a different era and make yourself at home.

Mrs Smith was well known and well loved in Navenby where she lived until she was 102. Her cottage provides a rare insight into the life of a rural Lincolnshire community through an entire century. The contents and appearance have been preserved from when Hilda Smith last lived there in 1995. She knew all the local history, families and secrets and kept a diary every day. You can explore and reveal layers of a unique story.

"I used to do all the garden, She'd be watching out the window, Keppingan eye on me!"

This is not just a place to look back though. Hilda Smith was always interested in the future and what children had to say. The cottage and her life contain lessons that are invaluable to anyone today. Her principled existence, her determination and warmth are today lived out today through the work of this unique site.

The cottage holds special events, workshops and talks throughout the year, please visit their website for more details.

Opening hours

Opening Hours
Day Times
Monday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday Closed
Thursday Closed
Friday 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Weekends 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Please note – the museum will be closed on Christmas Day and Boxing Day.


  • Adults: £3.50
  • Children (5-15): £2.00
  • Under 5’s: free
  • Family of 2 adults and 3 children: £10.00

Please book through the Mrs Smith’s Cottage website

Disabled Access

Read our Accessibility Statement

'Washing machines are great! But we don't need so much stuff' - this week's visitor note #fromthepromisewall. Mrs Smith never owned one and often wrote in her diary about dedicating her whole day to laundry😱 she'd been doing it the same way since the #victorianera #museum

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What would it have been like living in Mrs Smith’s cottage on a Sunday in January?

Take a trip to Navenby village and experience a Sunday before modern technology took over.

Guests are welcome between 12pm-4pm (last entry 3pm).

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