Archive for January, 2016

Wednesday, January 27th, 2016


    Taking inspiration from the Handbook of Drifting I explored the Drill Hall and the surrounding areas of our site. This was done in order to discover unknown qualities or spaces through the technique known as ‘drifting’. Initially I found the exercise frustrating, as the aim of drifting was to walk slowly and focus […]

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016


By the late 1990s, the Drill Hall had begun to fall into a state of disrepair and was closed in 1999 due to the electrical systems being unsafe. There were calls to demolish the building but, after huge pressure from the community, the decision was taken to instead invest in its refurbishment. Five years and […]

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016


From military to public use For most of the first part of the 20th Century it was used as a military & police training hall, but was also available for entertainment and was used by Joseph Ruston’s employees for regular social events and dances. After the Second World War all kinds of events began to […]

Wednesday, January 20th, 2016


The Birth of the Drill Hall From ‘The Times’ on Monday May 26th, 1890: “Mr. E. Stanhope (i) opened a new volunteer drill hall at Lincoln on Saturday. The hall has been presented to the Lincoln Volunteers by Mr. Joseph Ruston (ii), a former M.P. for the city, and the total cost is about £10,000. […]