King’s Lynn Museum gets digital

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The volunteer team at Lynn Museum have completed the mammoth talk of digitalising over 1,000 drawings of local scenes by King’s Lynn artist Henry Baines (1823-1894).

The collections digitalisation team is made up of eight enthusiastic volunteers who spend three hours every Monday and Wednesday in the museum offices.

Since October 2013 the team have been working on a project to improve access to the museum’s fascinating collection of drawings by local artist.

Curatorial Trainee Emily Shepperson said “Henry Baines drew throughout his life scenes of King’s Lynn, the local landscape and the Norfolk coast. He was particularly interested in the sky and patterns of light and cloud.”

Henry Baines used many of his sketches as compositions for his oil paintings, several of which are on display in Lynn Museum.

The museum has over 1,000 of Henry Baines’ drawings and the volunteer team have been working systematically through each drawing updating the museum cataloguing and carefully scanning the picture.

Some of the volunteers’ favourite drawings will be compiled on to a webpage on the Lynn Museum website.

The enthusiastic team are now moving on to a project to digitalise a collection of Walter Dexter drawings. The museum is currently looking for more volunteers to join its sociable team. Volunteers meet 10-1pm on Mondays or Wednesday. The museum has other volunteer opportunities on a Tuesday morning. No previous experience is required – just enthusiasm.

For more details contact emily.shepperson@norfolk.gov.uk or Lynn Museum 01553 775001.