New plans to bring Stories of Lynn to life

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Hand-held devices will be helping to tell the Stories of Lynn when the renovated Lynn Town Hall opens next year.

The Town Hall Complex is being given a £2,650,600 make-over to showcase Lynn’s economic and social history along with improving access to the site.

Builders started work in April to convert the former Gaol House, Regalia Room and Archive section into the Stories of Lynn exhibition, which will open next year.

The transformation is being funded by a £1,850,600 Heritage Lottery grant with an £800,000 investment from West Norfolk Council.

Members of the cabinet agreed on Tuesday night to work with Realm Projects to create the exhibition and displays within the building.

Realm Projects, which is based in Nottingham, has experience in creating the new Magna Carta Exhibition at Lincoln Castle, along with the displays at Coventry Transport Museum.

Elizabeth Nockolds, cabinet member for culture, heritage and health, told the meeting she was impressed by the company’s exhibits.

She said: “This part of the project is of great importance as it will be bringing visitors to Lynn and be a hub for all the other heritage events and projects in the town.

“Interactive hand-held devices like mobile phones will be given to tell the Stories of Lynn.”

Deputy leader Alistair Beales, who was chairing the meeting, added: “We all know how special the town hall is to the heritage of Lynn. I think the fact that we have an enormous Lottery grant to support us shows how much esteem it is held in.”

Dr Andy Mills will be kicking off a series of Stories of Lynn lectures on Tuesday, October 13, in the town hall with a talk on the Civic Insignia of King’s Lynn.

The lectures will be telling some of the fascinating stories contained within the buildings and collections.

Project curator from the Norfolk Museums Services Dr Mills, an anthropologist and historian of art, has had the enviable tasks of packing and researching the Town Hall collections over the last nine months.

His lecture will look in some detail at the King John Cup, the King John Sword, staff, maces, chains, robes and other accoutrements.

He will be followed on October 20 by Prof Mark Bailey on Towns and Markets in Medieval East Anglia, while Ruth Farnan’s lecture on October 27 is entitled Understanding Pieter Van Roestraeten’s Still Life with King John Cup.

The Stained Glass of All Saints’ Church will be discussed by Dr Julian Litten on November 3, while Dr Paul Richards talks on the Merchants of Lynn and their world, 1685-1789, on November 10.

Adrian Parker gives the final talk, entitled the Angel Roof of St Nicholas Chapel, on November 24.

Each one-hour lecture is free to attend and starts at 6pm in the Town Hall’s Georgian Assembly Room.

Mrs Nockolds is encouraging people to attend. She said: “As we head towards the opening of Stories of Lynn next spring, I think it’s really exciting that we can start to hear about some of the town’s fascinating but hidden history through this autumn lecture series.”