Historic talks at True’s Yard in King’s Lynn

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Get set for the 9th series of the True’s Talks at the True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum in Lynn .

And this year instead of the usual eight talks there’s a bumper crop of 10.

As usual all the talks (except the Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture) are on Thursdays between 1pm-2pm and are free – but there is a donation box for those who wish to support the Museum.

The series will start on January 29 with a follow up talk on the Bells of St Nicholas with speaker Peter Trent; any donations from this first talk will go toward saving the St Nicholas Bells.

Then to kick off True’s Talks proper, on February 5 local historian Dr Paul Richards will be speaking on the subject of King John and King’s Lynn’s Magna Carta. For it has been 800 years since the Magna Carta was signed in 1215, the very basis of the British Constitution.

Next up on February 12 is something a lot more dark and dangerous. Opium in the Fens by Jeff Hoyle. Learn about how the humble poppy, so prevalent last year was used to brew a potent narcotic and discover who chased the dragon in Victorian Norfolk!

Returning to more familiar territory the next speaker on February 19 is Charlotte Crawley who will be discussing Turner, Cotman and Saving Lives at Sea. She also will be touching upon George William Manby, local author, who invented the breeches buoy (a lifesaving device which fired rescue ropes to shipwrecked sailors) and the first modern pressurised fire extinguisher!

On February 26, Tricia McCarron will be providing a follow up talk to the one she gave in the last spring series, Women in the North End, who were well educated, tough as oak and faced with large feeding families (as many as 17 children!) on incredibly limited budgets.

All the way from Cambridge the next speaker on March 5 will be Michael Chisholm on the Spalding Gentlemen’s Society. This fascinating tale began in 1710 with the founding of the society of gentlemen with an interest in antiquities (much like the famous Howard Carter who grew up in neighbouring Swaffham). Second only to the Ashmolean the Spalding Gentlemen’s Club houses the oldest Museum collection in the country.

To coincide with the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War this year, on March 12 Christopher Pope will be giving his follow up to his talk on Lynn’s Aviation History from its inception to just after the First World War. This time it is “Decoys, Baked Spuds, Spare Legs and Secret Airfields”: Lynn’s Aviation History in WW2. Proof, if proof was needed, when it comes to Norfolk history, truth is most definitely stranger than fiction!

From the skies to the seas, and Tim Clayton will speak on March 19 about the Baden Powell, Lynn’s famous ship constructed in 1900 by the Worfolks and recently awarded a Heritage Lottery grant of £77,000 for its restoration.

The series moves from fishing vessels to fishermen- with Arthur Paynter – The New North End: Edwardian Loke Road. Rather than focussing on the slum clearances this talk will focus on the wealthier fishermen who chose to move to Loke Road.

Finally on the evening of April 9, the second Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture will take place at the Town Hall 6.30pm for 7pm start.

All tickets for the True’s Talks will be available from January 15; the Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture tickets will be available from March.