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Volunteers sought for King's Lynn archive project




Archivist Luke Shackell is hoping volunteers will come forward to help with the work of transcribing historic documents in the King's Lynn Borough Archives
Archivist Luke Shackell is hoping volunteers will come forward to help with the work of transcribing historic documents in the King's Lynn Borough Archives

Volunteers are being sought to take part in a new project to transcribe documents held in the King's Lynn Borough Archives.

An introduction session will be held at the town hall next week, with a further drop-in event planned for early November.

The project is focusing on a group of volumes known as the Hall Books, which record minutes and memoranda of the historic King's Lynn Town Council.

Officials say all the work can be done online, meaning that volunteers can work in their homes or in groups at the archive, as they wish.

Trainee archivist Luke Shackell said: "This is a great project for anyone who’s interested in our local history and who has some spare time.

"In the first phase, volunteers will be looking at the Hall Books that cover 1731 to 1822 – a fascinating period covering the Napoleonic wars, the American War of Independence, the Corn Laws and the draining of the Fens.

"You’ll be doing important work to preserve the knowledge contained in these documents, so if you can spare the time to come along to one of the information sessions we’d love to see you."

A formal introduction session will take place at the town hall on Wednesday, October 24, between 10 and 11am. Places at the event should be booked in advance by emailing storiesoflynn@west-norfolk.gov.uk or by calling 01553 774297.

A drop-in event will then take place on Saturday, November 3, between 10am and 2pm.

Each session will include an introduction to the archives and project, a demonstration of the software which will be used and a lesson in palaeography, which is reading old handwriting.



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