The history of King’s Lynn in 100 objects

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The first in a new fortnightly series looking at the wonders of Lynn Museum.

Our first object is the tiger that has been welcoming visitors to the Lynn museum for many years.

This tiger was a royal gift and is a symbol of the royal connections to King’s Lynn. In 1876 Edward, Prince of Wales was on a hunting expedition in Jeypore, India when he shot dead a tiger which came to be known as Horace.

Horace was mounted and taken back to Sandringham and put on display and would have been seen by many royal and famous visitors including Queen Victoria.

When King George V and Queen Mary took over Sandringham house in 1928 they donated Horace to Lynn Museum.

During conservation work in 2005 it came as quite a surprise to discover that Horace was actually a female!

Edward VII had a reputation as a big game hunter in India so it was only natural to assume that he had killed a ferocious male tiger.

Horace has been a permanent fixture at Lynn Museum for many years.

Do you have fond memories of meeting our much loved tiger? If so we would like to hear from you. Share your stories and keep up to date with events and activities on Facebook, search Lynn Museum and on Twitter @Lynn_Museum. Or email lynn.museum@norfolk.gov.uk.

Lynn Museum in Market Street is open Tuesday to Saturday, 10am to 5pm and is free from October to March.