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Lincoln is Britain’s best small city, and to encourage more people to visit and experience its vibrant and contemporary edge, Lincoln BIG hosted a third sculpture trail, following the success of the Barons’ Charter Trail in 2015 and the Knights’ Trail in 2017. The trail was postponed from 2020 until Summer 2021 due to the Coronavirus pandemic. We saw visitors from across the UK and the world visit in this Covid-secure outdoor event.

Lincoln is famous for many things, however we wanted visitors in the city to know about our IMP. The people of Lincoln resonate with the IMP, children have fun with the cheeky Chappy, Lincoln City FC has it as their emblem and the IMP resides in Lincoln Cathedral. There are many myths and legends also associated with the IMPs coming to Lincoln and with this in mind, we decided to bring the story of the Lincoln IMP to Lincoln’s High Street. The sculpture was based on the WH Goss pottery imp model that was produced by the Falcon Stoke-on-Trent pottery in the late 1800s/early 1900s. 

The key event was a fun art trail of 31 colourful IMP sculptures that were strategically placed across Lincoln’s historical city centre during the summer of 2021 for visitors to follow. To complement the main trail, the EBP recruited 60 Lincolnshire Schools to take part in the Education Programme. This programme included a number of curriculum activities and a half-size imp to design and paint. These half-size imps went on display in venues across the city for the summer and are now on display within the schools as a legacy to the trail.

During September, our IMPish friends joined together at Lincoln Castle to say farewell before moving to Lincoln Cathedral on 1st October to be auctioned in aid of St Barnabas. We are delighted that the evening raised £125,000 with all the Imps finding new homes.

We would like to thank our Partners and Sponsors for getting involved and supporting our Charity Partner, St Barnabas:

  • Bailgate Guild
  • Bottomley Distillers
  • Branston Ltd
  • Chestnut Homes
  • City of Lincoln Council
  • Continental Landscapes
  • Daniel Charles Construction
  • Denby Transport
  • Duckworth Motor Group
  • GAME Engineering Ltd
  • Girlguiding in Lincolnshire
  • New Theatre Royal
  • Nicholsons Chartered Accountants
  • Investors in Lincoln
  • Jacksons Workwear Rental Ltd
  • Just Audi VW
  • Lincoln Business Club
  • Lincoln Cathedral
  • Lincoln City Football Club
  • Lincoln College
  • Lincoln Digs
  • Lincs Archiving Solutions Ltd
  • Lincolnshire Economic Action Partnership
  • Lincolnshire Freemasons
  • Lincolnshire Live
  • Lincolnshire Society of Architects
  • Rotary Clubs of Lincoln
  • Ruddocks
  • Running Imp
  • St Barnabas
  • St Marks Shopping Centre
  • Saul Fairholm Chartered Accountants
  • Stagecoach East Midlands
  • The Cornhill Quarter
  • The EBP
  • The Lincolnite
  • The Lincoln Hotel
  • Waterside Shopping Centre
  • Wild in Art
  • University of Lincoln

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