Fenland Lives and Land was launched at Lynn Town Hall after receiving funding of £358,000 from the Heritage Lottery fund. Our picture shows borough mayor Elizabeth Watson, front, with Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, John Ward, chairman of the Norfolk Joint Museum committee, Philip Venning of the Heritage Lottery Fund, and Stuart Hall of Lynn Museum with some of the artefacts on display.
Local museums have collaborated with schools and community groups to organise a series of four exciting exhibitions which will be touring Norfolk and Cambs, celebrating the landscape and heritage of East Anglia.
Whether delving into the depths of Bronze Age technology or inspecting eel skin wedding rings there is plenty to tempt the curious during this three-year tour, including showings of ‘Bread and Blood – A Film about Fen People’. This is a dramatic portrayal of the real events of 1816 in three Fenland towns, when uprisings caused by poverty and discontent led to looting and violence.
Lynn Museum will be hosting Constructing the Past – Ancient Fen Crafts and Engineering, February 5 to May 8; The Wild Fens – A journey back to ancient landscapes, May 23 to July 27; Living on Land and Water – Discover a world of waterways, March 28 to May 17, 2014.
More information, and perhaps a chance to explore other local museums, can be found at www.fenmuseums.org
Photo: ALAN MILLER MLNF13AM09271