Stone Hall art celebrates Lynn’s heritage

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Residents supported by homeless charity the Purfleet Trust are exhibiting artwork in Lynn Town Hall on Tuesday and Wednesday.

The art in the Stone Hall was produced in the summer, inspired by the heritage of Lynn.

The artworks focus on the part of the town covered by the St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative and the historic core centred on the Town Hall and the Tuesday Market Place.

The exhibition has been funded by two Heritage Lottery Fund projects: Stories of Lynn and the St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI).

The THI is a £2-million project developed by the West Norfolk Council which will rejuvenate the St Margaret’s Conservation Area.

The project has been made possible by a £1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a £1 million investment by the council.

The aim is to enhance and protect the heritage of the area, while stimulating economic activity and community use.

Stories of Lynn is also funded by the Norfolk Museums Service and Norfolk Record Office. It will see a major redevelopment of the historic Town Hall, including a permanent exhibition telling the history of the borough, and an accompanying programme of activities

The Purfleet Trust’s art exhibition will display a range of sketches and etchings, including portraits, and drawings of well-loved Lynn buildings.

The exhibition will be open on Tuesday from 2-4pm and on Wednesday from 9am to noon.

The drawings will then be exhibited at the borough council offices until Christmas, during normal office hours.

Paula Hall, chief executive of the trust, said: “We work with individuals who often feel unable to participate in their community, so it was good to see how committed they were to being part of this one.

“The comments we have received back have been really positive, with one lady saying she felt she has found a new hobby that she hopes to continue, and that she really felt her input was appreciated.

“Everyone reported they felt welcome and supported throughout”.

Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, said: “This project has given clients of the Purfleet Trust an exciting opportunity to investigate and learn about the heritage of the town and then to translate it into works of art for everyone to appreciate.

“Their finished work is a credit to them and I would encourage as many people as possible to visit the exhibition.”