King’s Lynn museum goes global thanks to new partnership

King's Lynn Museum
King's Lynn Museum

More than 160 artefacts and artworks from Lynn Museum can be viewed online by people around the world, thanks to a new partnership with the Google Cultural Institute.

At the click of a button, users can get up close with ultra-high resolution images and see a selection of the museum’s stunning collection.

John Ward, chairman of Norfolk County Council joint museums committee, said: “This is a tremendously exciting development for the museums service.

“Google’s global reach and expertise will generate new audiences for our collections, and provide existing ones with a new way of exploring the town’s heritage.”

Highlights from the Google platform include sketches and paintings by local artist Henry Baines and a gold coin hoard found in a cow bone at Sedgeford.

Lynn Museum’s Still Life by Walter Dexter is one of 55 pieces of artwork that can now be viewed in never before seen definition thanks to Gigapixel technology.

With one of the largest numbers of gigapixel images in the UK so far, viewers can explore the collection in extraordinary detail and experience it far beyond what is visible to the naked eye.

Also available on the platform, is a specially-curated virtual exhibition developed by staff.

This special digital exhibition, entitled Blubber, Bone and Baleen: Lynn’s Whaling Industry, explores the area’s maritime heritage though objects from the museum’s collection.

These treasures can be viewed by visiting: www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collection/lynn-museum