Students seek views on King’s Lynn’s heritage

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Students from the College of West Anglia and King’s Lynn Academy are seeking people’s views on the town’s heritage.

Business studies students from the college and academy are carrying out market research into perceptions and views about heritage in Lynn, especially in the part of the town covered by the St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative.

The St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative (THI) is a £2 million project which is set to rejuvenate this important Lynn conservation area.

The project has been made possible thanks to a £1 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and a £1 million investment by West Norfolk Council.

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

The conservation area includes over 90 listed buildings, including seven at Grade I and 15 at Grade II*.

Students will be quizzing townsfolk tomorrow between 9.30am and 2pm and again on Friday, 9 to noon.

Providing training opportunities and community initiatives forms part of the THI project, as Helen Parker, programme manager for business and humanities at the College of West Anglia, said: “It is a fantastic experience for our students to be involved in a real project. They are getting the chance to work on their people skills and have increased their confidence along the way.”

Borough council project officer Steven King added: “This project offers the ideal opportunity for some of our budding business leaders to get some hands-on experience working on a live market research project.

“They will learn a lot from the process and at the same time will gather vital information to help the borough council develop the project further.

“They will be helping to spread the word about the preservation of the town’s heritage and I hope that people will come along to participate in the survey.”

The scheme is providing a fund of more than £1.5 million from which owners and leaseholders of eligible properties can bid for grants to make authentic restorations and repairs or carry out works that bring properties back into use.

Some initial training for construction students has already taken place with young people studying crafts and trades locally to learn about traditional and specialist restoration procedures, including the use of authentic materials such as lime mortar.

To find out more about the St Margaret’s Townscape Heritage Initiative or to apply for a grant, visit the borough council’s website and click on Heritage News.