Boston Hanse Group

Events and News

Chairman's Report

Click here for the Chairman's Report, November 2020.


As 2020 draws to a close...

All our plans for 2020 had to be cancelled. We weren't able to hold our Hanse Day in Boston and neither could we travel to Brilon for the international Hanse celebrations. However, we did Zoom in to the Hanseatic Assembly in Brilon and were delighted to see Beverley accepted as the sixth English town to be a member of the New Hanseatic League.

Representatives of the Hanse towns of King's Lynn, Hull, Beverley, Ipswich, Great Yarmouth, Boston and Edinburgh met on Zoom with Stefanie Bischof, the manager of Die Hanse based in Lubeck. The towns now plan to work together to promote Britain's east coast region and all that it has to offer by way of tourism, heritage and trade. 2021 will be an exciting year!


We had a busy year (2019)

If you weren't able to get to our AGM last week have a look at our Annual Report (PDF) and read about our various activities - especially the Big Dig and our International Hanse Day.

A fascinating talk by James Wright followed the AGM - he is a brilliant speaker and I'm sure we shall be inviting him back.


Boston Hanse AGM - 25th February at 6pm - Fydell House - Boston PE21 6HU

Brickmakers, Crusaders and the Hanse!

Link to A3 PDF of of 2020 AGM Poster James Wright makes a welcome return to Fydell House as guest speaker at our AGM on 25th February. He will show how Brickmakers, Crusaders and the Hanse were all influences in late medieval English architecture. It promises to be an entertaining, as well as informative, evening.

The talk will follow our AGM which will update you on all our activities during the past year.

If you would like to attend please email the secretary:

Seats are limited so please reply early to book your place. Click the image at right for the A3 PDF poster.


International Hanse Day 2019 - Bigger and better than ever!

Hundreds of people were attracted to this year's celebration which was much bigger than in previous years. A "medieval village" of tents was erected in front of the Stump and spinners, wood carvers and a medieval cook demonstrated their skills. Tastes of Hanse foods and specially brewed ales were on offer, the Lincoln Waites provided medieval music and the Knights of Skirbeck were as popular as ever. This year a stilt walker and juggler added to the atmosphere. The finale was a procession of our beautiful Hanse flags and banners.

Hanse Open Day Parade 2019 Hanse Open Day Parade 2019


8/9th June sees our second Open Weekend

The archaeologists will be on site in Bath Gardens to show you round and answer your questions. The Knights of Skirbeck and Byron the Blacksmith will be back at Hussey Tower so come and find out more about Medieval life. It's your last chance to get involved as the Dig closes on Sunday afternoon.

We are partially funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund The Big Dig, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, is underway

Have a look at our new Gallery page

Time to register for the Big Dig

Preparations are well-advanced for our Big Dig which will get under way immediately after Easter and continue for seven weeks. The Dig aims to discover more about Boston’s medieval history, especially its trade with the merchants of the Hanseatic League 550 to 800 years ago.

Several schools and youth organisations, as well as many individuals, have already signed up to take part. If you haven’t yet done so, it isn’t too late! The professional archaeologists who are leading the Dig will welcome your participation regardless of your age or level of fitness, and whether you want to dig, or to help with washing of any finds and recording them.

For more information email or telephone Lydia on 01529 461499.

If you aren’t able to participate but would like to visit the Dig site there will be two Open Weekends, on 11th/12th May and 8th/9th June. More details in due course


BIG DIG poster A4 PDFBoston Hanse Group AGM

Our AGM is on Thursday 28th February at 6pm at Fydell House, Boston. Come and hear what Boston Hanse Group has been doing over the past year and find out more about our Big Dig. Check out A4 poster for all the details of the Big Dig start - 23rd April 2019.


Do Something New in 2019!

We certainly shall be - our Big Dig gets under way in late April. To find out more come and see us at Heritage Lincolnshire's
Do Something New event in Boston Stump on Wednesday 30th January from 10am - 3pm.


Big Dig Launch at Boston's Medieval Guildhall

Last Thursday saw more than 70 people attend the successful launch of our Big Dig at Boston's medieval Guildhall. Mike Peberdy, archaeology lead, gave an inspiring introduction to the purpose of the dig and the history of that important medieval period. Lydia Hendry from Archeology Project Services explained how schools and local residents can get involved. Now we are looking forward to next spring when work will begin.

If you weren't able to attend the meeting but want to find out more or get involved email us on

Big Dig Launch November 2018


Boston Hanse Group's BIG DIG - 22nd November 2018

Please join us to learn about this exciting archaeology project which aims to discover more about Boston's medieval history
You are invited to the launch - Thursday 22nd November - 6pm for 6:30 start - SEE this PDF for more details.


Heritage Lottery Fund Award - September 2018

We are thrilled to announce that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded us £66,600 for a community archaeology dig to establish the whereabouts of Boston's medieval Hanse warehouse or "steelyard".
The dig will take place next April and preparations are getting underway. Come back to this page for further updates.


Boston Hanse Group visit the Rostock Hansetag – June 2018

jun2018Hanse Kampen Cogge13 BHG members and 4 young people made their way to Rostock. northern Germany, variously by plane, boat, train and/or car! For 4 days they promoted Boston as well as enjoying the superb Festival.

Boston made a big impact in the Hanse Market in which 119 towns and cities from 16 European countries had stands. Members were continuously busy every day at the Boston stand, explaining the importance of medieval Boston and all that Boston has to offer today, by way both of tourism and of business opportunities. During the closing parade the English flags and banners were pointed out, cheered and applauded by the large crowds. It is estimated that more than 400,000 people attended the Festival.

The good will and favorable interest generated towards Boston is immeasurable. We also made many personal and potential business contacts and are now following these up.

The four young people, chosen after a rigorous selection procedure, followed a separate Youth Hanse programme. They lived aboard tall ships with others from a dozen participating nations. They learnt ships crafts like knot making, some sailed, they visited a nautical museum as well as attending Hanse functions. They were worthy ambassadors and a credit to Boston.

Shown below, L to R: The Closing Parade and two views of our Market StandMore pictures from our visit to Rostock Hansetag in Germany


Boston's Hanse Day – 26 May 2018

The highlight of Boston's Hanse Day was the parade of the new flags and banners, created by local people in a series of workshops led by professional artists.

Their next outing will be next month in Rostock, Germany, when local BHG members will be participating in the International Hanse festival. Boston will certainly be noticed!

Hanse flags and the Lincoln Waites
Hanse flags and the Lincoln Waites

Hanse procession led by the Peasants Revolt
Hanse procession led by the Peasants Revolt

Hanse Day Procession
Boston Hanse Day Procession

Hanse flags in the Stump
Hanse flags in the Stump


International Hanseatic Day 2018, link to PDF flyerInternational Hanseatic Day 2018

On 26th May Boston celebrates its 3rd International Hanseatic Day with medieval music, knights in armour, spinners and much more. Come and find us in the Market Place and the Stump and look out for the parade of Boston's new flags and banners at 11.45. See the flyer Here (pdf).






Boston Unfurled Exhibition, link to PDF flyerBoston Unfurled Exhibition

Boston Guildhall, South Street, PE21 6HT. Wednesday 24th January to Saturday 3rd February. Entry is free, see the flyer Here (pdf). We have a series of upcoming Workshops too, open to anyone above the age of 16, see this PDF for more information.


Annual General Meeting - Thursday 1st February 2018 at 6pm at Fydell House

Please join us to hear about our activities and developments during the past year at this, our first AGM since formally adopting a new constitution.

As well as brief reports from our Youth, Business, Archaeology and Hanse International sub-groups we shall be electing Trustees for the coming year. All Members of Boston Hanse Group are entitled to vote so if you have an interest in Hanse we should be delighted if you would apply for Membership. Just contact us via


Sessions House Open Days – 15/16 September 2017

The Open Days were a great success with more than 300 people touring the building in groups of up to 30. Alison gave each group a brief introduction to the Hanse old and new. The Youth Hanse students in appropriate costumes, and the spinners with their demonstration and display of Lincoln Longwool, added greatly to the atmosphere and much interest was shown by visitors.

If you were one of our visitors and would like to know more don't hesitate to get in touch!

Images from our Open Day September 2017


International Hanse Festival - Kampen – June 2017 - 3 days of festivities and events

A dozen adults and four students attended this year’s Hanse Festival in Kampen, along with delegates from King’s Lynn and Hull. We were able to continue to develop valuable contacts with business, schools and tourism groups which will help to generate future opportunities for Boston. We had a thoroughly enjoyable time too and are already looking forward to Rostock next June. Why don’t you come with us? More information on this page in due course.

Collage of Boston Hanse events


International Hanse Day in Boston – May 2017

All Hanse towns celebrate a Hanse Day in May each year. In Boston this year the market place saw the Knights of Skirbeck demonstrating their fighting skills and inviting youngsters to “have a go”. The Lincoln Waites and The Peasants Revolt played medieval music and led a procession to the Stump for the ritual laying of flowers on the tomb of Wisseslus, a Hanse merchant. The Stump also hosted spinners and a display of Lincoln longwool, the source of Boston’s medieval wealth.


Collage of Boston Hanse events