The history of King’s Lynn in 100 objects: No53

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Many readers will remember the anticipation of the school photograph. In this picture brothers Ian, Michael, David and Alastair Breen sit together and smile for the camera.

Shelia Breen, her husband, and their four boys moved to King’s Lynn in 1964. The museum has a great collection of Breen family items dating from the 1960s and 1970s because Sheila Breen worked at Lynn Museum. The boys attended King Edward VII school (KES) and Sheila donated and catalogued items of school uniform, exercise books and the boys’ O-level papers.

We recently contacted the Breen boys and they kindly shared some of their memories of growing up in King’s Lynn.

“I made lifelong friends at King Edward Vll School and whilst I did pay some attention to the academics my main interest lay in sport and extracurricular activities, much to Mum and Dad’s frustration!” (David Breen)

“In 1968 I worked all school summer holiday at Lin Can.” (Michael)

Find out more about the Breens and childhood over the last two centuries in the new exhibition Little Lives: Snapshots of childhood from 1800 to the present day.