Sir David set to open Banks exhibition

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Sir David Attenborough will open a three month exhibition in Lincoln next month - celebrating the work of one of Horncastle’s most famous residents.

The Sir Joseph Banks exhibition will be staged at ‘The Collection’ in Lincoln.

It opens on February 14 and will run for three months.

It will feature much of the work carried about by Sir Joseph when he sailed to Australia and New Zealand with Captain Cook on HMS Endeavour in 1768.

During the voyage, he made several exciting discoveries including several new species of plants, among them eucalyptus and acacia.

Although born in London, Sir Joseph inherited the Revesby Abbey Estate and spent a good deal of his life in Horncastle.

He went on to become a key advisor to King George III and was also Lord of the Manor for Horncastle.

He died in 1820 but is still regarded as one of the world’s most influential botanists and naturalists.

The Sir Joseph Banks Centre is based in Bridge Street, Horncastle.

There are reports the Sir Joseph Banks Society is interested in taking over ‘The Lawn’ complex in Lincoln with plans for a revamp.