Come and watch-along with King's Lynn Museum
Lynn Museum may not be reopening their Market Street building to the public until later in the year, but the team are still working hard behind-the-scenes to bring the fascinating history of West Norfolk to local people in new and exciting ways.
Coming up this month the museum will be launching two brand-new watch-along events to celebrate the Festival of British Archaeology.
The first event on Tuesday, will centre around a viewing of the 1999 Time Team episode Bawsey St James, in which the excavation team are joined by celebrity guests Sandi Toksvig and Hugh Fearnley Whittingstall on a dig at the site of the Saxon church ruins at Bawsey, which has produced a wide range of archaeological finds.
Throughout the hour-long event, museum staff will also be sharing highlights and stories from their own collection, as well as special commentary from Dr Clive Bond, chairman of West Norfolk and Kings Lynn Archaeological Society, who was present at the featured dig.
The event will be interactive throughout, with viewers encouraged to share their own thoughts and experiences with the museum and fellow viewers.
“It’s been really enjoyable to see the Lynn Museum’s social media output over the last few months” said councillor Elizabeth Nockolds, Portfolio Holder for Culture, Heritage and Health. “I’m pleased to see the museum championing our fascinating local heritage.
"We are proud of the history of our area, and it’s really good to be reminded of it in this way.”
The second event will operate in the same format on Sunday 26th July and will focus on a viewing of the 2019 film The Personal History of David Copperfield.
The Armando Iannucci re-imagining of the classic Charles Dickens novel, which was partially filmed in King’s Lynn, features stars such as Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, and Peter Capaldi.
The watch-alongs will run from the museum’s twitter account, explains Front of House Supervisor Beth Kierman. “The idea of a watch-along is to allow groups and individuals to experience a piece of media all at the same time, from their own spaces, and to discuss their thoughts and observations with each other in real time.”
She added “all attendees will be pressing play on the episode at exactly 7pm on the planned dates and will then use special twitter hashtags to share their thoughts with the group”.
Oliver Bone, Curator of Lynn Museum, discussed these innovative new projects, saying: “The lockdown period has given the museum team a great chance to engage with audiences in new ways.
"We hope lots of people enjoy watching along and joining in with thoughts and recollections on social media for these two films."
How to take part:
To take part, simply go to the events page and click ‘going’ here: www.facebook.com/pg/LynnMuseumNorfolk/events
Lynn Museum can be found on twitter under the handle @Lynn_Museum or search for the hashtags #BawseyWatchAlong or #CopperfieldAlong
For more information about Lynn Museum’s digital content, see https://www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/lynn-museum or email firstname.lastname@example.org