Lectures at Marriot’s Warehouse in King’s Lynn

Marriott's Warehouse trustees - from left: Cncl Chris Cross, Patsy Young (Deputy Chairman), Mike Pitcher, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman), Cncl Zipha Christopher and Cncl Tony Wright.
Marriott's Warehouse trustees - from left: Cncl Chris Cross, Patsy Young (Deputy Chairman), Mike Pitcher, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman), Cncl Zipha Christopher and Cncl Tony Wright.
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The summer festivals are over, the nights are drawing in; autumn is in the air. And that sunset seen across the Ouse from the South Quay is getting earlier and earlier.

But a light continues to shine in the windows at the top of King’s Lynn Marriott’s Warehouse.

Marriott's Warehouse trustees - Dr Paul Richards in the first floor exhibition space with seating for river views.

Marriott's Warehouse trustees - Dr Paul Richards in the first floor exhibition space with seating for river views.

The charity has just announced its Warehouse Wisdom series of keynote lectures from distinguished speakers, to be given every Thursday evening from 7-8.30pm in the revitalised quay-side’s third storey auditorium.

It appears to be the ideal use of this promising refurbished space, the keynote being Lynn’s historical relationship with its buildings and waterways.

The enticing lecture series, which would grace a University course, is geared to local interest and each lecture is donation box only.

The opening lecture is by Trust chairman, Dr Paul Richards, who looks at the historic houses and warehouses of Lynn and Boston, both in the premier league of English ports before 1500.

He says: “I am grateful to the distinguished speakers who have agreed to contribute to the re-launch of the educational activities of the Trust after a difficult 12 months for us.

“With Marriott’s Warehouse Limited successfully running the restaurant on licence and providing the Trust with a secure financial foundation, the trustees anticipate that the Charity Commission will soon endorse its change of name from The Green Quay Trust to The Marriott’s Warehouse Trust.”

The Trust’s charitable objectives are educational and it wants to increase understanding of its mission to the wider public. It is hoped the exciting new autumn lecture programme will go some way to achieve this.

Dr Simon Thurley tackles “Building in England” on October 3 and weekly lectures follow on Norfolk’s brick buildings, managing sustainable seas, the River Great Ouse in Lynn’s history, ballast, West Norfolk church-building, and streets and records of Mediaeval Lynn.

Other speakers are John Selby, Phil Haslam, Bryan Howling, Robin Stevenson, Professor Sandy Heslop and Susan Maddock.

A less formal companion series, Pleasant Sunday Afternoons, every Sunday from 3pm to 4pm begins with Dr Richards’ exploration of Lynn’s Hanseatic heritage 1271-1757.

A further seven talks will explore salt production in Eastern England, The Origins of King’s Lynn, the building stones and geology of Marriott’s Warehouse, the Wash rivers from Roman times until present, Pilgrimage and the Port of Lynn, Mediaeval Castle Rising and Norman stone houses. Speakers are Bryan Howling, Dr Clive Bond, Robin Stevenson, Professor Fred Cooke, Fr Peter Rollings and Anne Whiting.

Dr Richards summed up: “The Trust’s autumn lecture programme aims to promote public awareness and appreciation of Lynn’s exceptional historic built environment.

“These Thursday evening and Sunday afternoon talks will complement and support the temporary displays on the first floor of Marriott’s Warehouse, which include Fred Hall’s remarkable models.

“Here the permanent exhibition will eventually be ‘The Warehouse on the Wash’ whose content will change but its key theme will not – Lynn’s built heritage with focus on the town’s merchant mansions, warehouses, quays and rivers.”

For further information contact 07582 037301, or 07717671708.