Conference to explore King’s Lynn’s railway history

Event at Marriotts, Railways ANL-140417-111307001
Event at Marriotts, Railways ANL-140417-111307001
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The relation between Lynn, its port and the railways will be explored during a conference at Marriott’s Warehouse on the South Quay being held this weekend.

There will be a series of lectures, railway memorabilia and even a model railway on display.

Dr Paul Richards, chairperson of the Marriott’s Warehouse Trust, said: “The coming of the railways in the 1840s sounded the death knell of East Anglian coastal and river traffic upon which The Wash ports depended. Then new docks and railways together revived the trade of Lynn and Boston in the 1870s and 1880s, and sparked modest industrial revolutions.”

Dr. Clive Bond, chairperson of the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society, added: “This conference weekend will explore the relation between Lynn, the port and the railways from the 1840s to the present with First Capital Connect’s refurbishment of our beautiful Great Eastern Railway Victorian Station.”

The weekend conference is being run by the Trust, in partnership with the Archaeological Society, and the event is sponsored by First Capital Connect. It will be held on the second floor of Marriott’s Warehouse; admittance is free, but donations will be gratefully received.

The conference starts at 7pm on Friday, April 25 with “Memories of industrial archaeology: Lynn, the Port and Railways in the late 1980s” by Dr Bond.

This will be followed by a wine reception and the chance to view railway memorabilia provided by the B17 Locomotive Trust and Trevor Nunn’s East Lynn to Hunstanton S-scale model railway.

On the Saturday from 10am to 5pm there will be a series of lectures, including presentations by the chairperson of the B17 Locomotive Trust and the president of the M&GN Circle. Ian Legg, head of revenue at First Capital Connect, will also be speaking about Lynn station’s regeneration project.

Throughout Saturday and also from 10am to noon on the Sunday, there will be the opportunity to visit associated stalls and exhibitions with Marriott’s Warehouse.

For more details and a full timetable of the days’ events, visit and click on the “events” page. Alternatively contact the Trust on 07582 037301 or email

Marriott’s Warehouse was built in the 1580s to store salt, corn and wine, and is now a Grade II listed building. Run by the Marriott’s Warehouse Trust it aims to tell the story of Lynn’s historic built environment.