Rare opportunity to view the original Grimsby's Havelock Seal

Issued: Monday 8 May 2017

There will be a unique opportunity to view the original Grimsby’s Havelock Seal as well as rare local history and archive resources held in the Library and Archive Collections in Grimsby on Wednesday 10th May from 10am to 2pm at Grimsby Library.

The original 13th century brass matrix is kept safe in the North East Lincolnshire Archives in Grimsby Town Hall but will be on view in Grimsby Local History library as part of Local and Community History Month.

On the seal are inscribed the characters featured in the 13th century saga of Grim, a Danish fisherman, who rescued the royal heir, Havelock, from murder at the hands of a Danish rival. Grim was the legendary founder of Grimsby. The choice of this story for its seal, which was placed on medieval borough documents, shows how proud Grimsby was of its origins.

The drop in event is free of charge and a chance to view the treasures held in the archive and local history library and to talk to the Archives conservator Peter Noon about the items on display.

The event is part of Lincs Inspire Libraries and Archives series of talks and events during May celebrating and highlighting different aspects of history and local heritage in our area. The aim of Local and Community History Month is to increase awareness of local history, promote history in general to the local community and encourage all members of the community to participate.

For more information please contact the Local History Library in Grimsby (01472) 323635 or email Jennie Cartwright on:  jennie.cartwright@lincsinspire.com.