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New King's Lynn exhibition will show the Scars of War

Graffiti 'G Skinner', courtesy of Kevin Hitchcock. (5020196)
Graffiti 'G Skinner', courtesy of Kevin Hitchcock. (5020196)

A new exhibition focusing on the emotional and physical scars the First World War left in Lynn is set to be launched in the town this week.

The Scars of War exhibition, which is part of a wider project commemorating the First World War, will be launched at True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum on Friday.

The exhibition will examine several scars, including the emotional and physical damage of the Zeppelin Raid of January 1915, the graffiti left by soldiers at King’s Lynn Library and the memorials created by the community to help with their shared grief.

Lindsey Bavin, manager of True’s Yard, said: “Graffiti, though controversial, is universal. Since mankind first learned how to scribble we have left our marks upon the world.

“The soldiers stationed in Lynn during World War I were no different and we gained unique snippets of knowledge about them from their graffiti on King’s Lynn Library’s tower.

“They are what inspired this project. We also hope to involve a new generation in the creation of these unique memorials to be placed at six different locations.”

The Scars of War project has seen six heritage and educational organisations i Lynn – True’s Yard, Stories of Lynn, the Custom House, Lynn Museum, St Nicholas Chapel and King’s Lynn Library – work together to remember the First World War, to coincide with the centenary of the end of the conflict. In addition to the exhibition, new memorials and a town trail leaflet have been created, and a commemorative evening is set to be held later this month.

Horses stabled in the First World War, at the Walks in King's Lynn. Picture courtesy of Norfolk Library Services. (5020198)
Horses stabled in the First World War, at the Walks in King's Lynn. Picture courtesy of Norfolk Library Services. (5020198)

The commemorative evening will be the culmination of the Scars of War project, which will be hosted by borough mayor Nick Daubney.

The evening, to be held on Monday, November 12 at King’s Lynn Town Hall, will tell stories of the figures from the town’s history in the First World War.

The new memorials, which have used soldiers’ graffiti of the tower at King’s Lynn Library as inspiration and which were created with help from a series of workshops, will also be unveiled at the commemorative evening.

The event, which is free to attend, will start at 6.30pm. Places are limited and so booking is advised.

To book, call 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk.

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