New exhibition opens at King’s Lynn Museum

Snapshots of Childhood Exhibition opening at King's Lynn Museum. Pictured FLtoR John Ward .King's LynnMayor David Whitby. Mayoress Linda Whitby. Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds. Oliver Bone ( King's Lynn Museum ) ANL-160923-153232009
Snapshots of Childhood Exhibition opening at King's Lynn Museum. Pictured FLtoR John Ward .King's LynnMayor David Whitby. Mayoress Linda Whitby. Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds. Oliver Bone ( King's Lynn Museum ) ANL-160923-153232009

A new exhibition at Lynn Museum which touches on the stories of childhood over the last two centuries opened on Saturday.

Childhood objects from the museum collections, together with photographs and paintings, offer snapshots of the changing experience of our younger days.

The museum selected four local children from the last 200 years to illustrate Little Lives and visitors are invited to consider how life as a child has changed over this period.

The first child is Beatrice Monement, who was from a large family during the 1850s and 1860s. She used a dolls’ house made by her father and played the games of croquet and chess with her sister.

The Monement family dolls’ house is on show, as well as a photograph of Beatrice’s mother and brother at the woodworking bench where the dolls’ house was made.

Her uncle was William Bolding, an early pioneer of photography in Norfolk, and on display in the museum is a selection of family photographs by him.

Elaine Lowerison was a child in the 1900s and 1910s, who went to the Ruskin School in Heacham and enjoyed their creative approach to learning.

On display are portraits of Elaine and her brother Gordon, together with photographs and ephemera from the museum collections, to help tell the story of this unconventional school.

Ian, Mike, David and Alastair Breen grew up in the 1950s and 1960s, going to King Edward VII Grammar School in town.

They have supplied the museum with their recollections of the time, which include memories of working at Lin-Can, the cannery in Lynn, as a holiday job and playing Cowboys and Indians in the woods.

On display is a school uniform worn by Ian Breen from the 1960s complete with cap, blazer and tie.

Emma Morse was a child in the 1990s and 2000s. She recalls the excitement of newly-published Harry Potter books and films and her time as a Brownie. To illustrate this, the museum has assembled a collection of toys and games from the period, including Pokemon Monopoly, a Game Boy and Beanie Babies.

The Snapshots of Childhood 1800 to the Present Day exhibition will continue until June 11, 2017.