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Discover King’s Lynn’s rich history at True’s Yard talks and exhibitions

West Norfolk and King's Lynn Archaeological Society hold an Archaeology day at True's Yard. Dr Paul Richards with his WW2 U-Boat commander binoculars.

West Norfolk and King's Lynn Archaeological Society hold an Archaeology day at True's Yard. Dr Paul Richards with his WW2 U-Boat commander binoculars.

True’s Yard Museum in Lynn, will start off events this year with a Spring Series of talks on local history by a selection of historians.

Dr Paul Richards, chairman of the museum, said: “True’s Talks begin their fourth year in 2014 and in the past we have drawn full audiences every time.

“We hold the talks in the colder months to draw in visitors and although the talks are free, we do have a donations box.As well as educating the public, we also raise money. We had 12,600 visitors in the last year but we need to keep numbers up in order to keep running.”

Tickets will be available for the free talks from January 21, and the talks will run from February 6, all on Thursdays and starting at 1pm.

The first will be led by Dr Paul Richards himself on the topic of The Importance of Frederick Savage (1828-1897) on February 6, followed by Geoff Hoyle focusing on The Temperance Movement in the 19th century on February 20.

Tricia McCarron will discuss Women of the North End on February 27, followed by Charles Burney and his Norfolk Friends which will be the topic of a talk by Alison Gifford on March 6.

Medieval Ship Graffiti will be the topic on March 13 thanks to Matthew Champion, before Richard Wilson focuses on Slaughter at Stanfield Hall: Norfolk’s Most Famous Murder on March 20.

Lindsey Bavin will be talking about Benjamin Keene – Unsung Hero on March 27, with Arthur Paynter sharing A North End Childhood on April 3.

Then, on April 3, from 7pm at King’s Lynn Town Hall, there will be a special Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture.

Dr Richards said: “Later this year we also have a major exhibition starting in March called King’s Lynn and Migration, followed by another in July called The Great War and The North End.

“The second will be open during the King’s Lynn Festival and we hope lots of people will come to visit it. We’re looking forward to it.”

The museum is now closed, but will reopen on January 21, when opening hours of 10am to 4pm from Tuesday to Saturday will resume.

Dr Richards said: “Please come and have a cup of coffee and a chat with us.

“We have a lovely historical cafe that people are welcome to use without going in the museum, and it helps our fundraising.”

 

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