Royal photographs, many on show for the first time, are taking centre stage at Lynn’s True’s Yard Museum.
The “Royal King’s Lynn Photographic Exhibition” is officially launched on Friday (January 29) and the display will continue until the end of April.
It features around 100 photographs taken between 1909 and 2010 and provides a fascinating glimpse of kings, queens, princes and princesses snapped formally and informally in West Norfolk.
Dr Paul Richards, chairman of the North End Trust, the charitable body which looks after True’s Yard, said: “We are confident it will be popular with visitors to the museum.
“There are photographs loaned to us by individuals and institutions, together with our own unique collection donated to us by the late Dick Goodchild which is going on display for the first time.”
The Goodchild family had photographic shops in Lynn for more than 60 years and held the Royal Warrant for both King George V and King George VI (but did not apply for a later warrant despite taking many pictures of the Queen).
Lindsey Bavin, the museum manager, has been busy preparing for the opening of the exhibition, with help from some volunteers.
She said there was also a six-minute looped film of royal visits to the area over the year and also a display of royal artefacts.
The earliest photograph in the exhibition dates back to 1909 and shows Queen Mary taking her first ride in a motor car.
True’s Yard also features, with photographs of Prince Charles visiting the museum and the Queen in 2010 when she opened an extension.
Dr Richards said the exhibition was the first event in the museum’s Silver Jubilee Year. “We want to raise our profile and we’ve set ourselves a £100,000 fundraising target to secure the museum’s future for the next 25 years,” he added.
The exhibition continues to Saturday, April 30, and the museum is open from 10am-4pm Tuesday to Saturday.