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A museum in Lynn has said it wants to make sure more people who go on ‘staycations’ this year think of it as one of their tourist destinations.

It came as North West Norfolk MP James Wild paid a visit to True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum on Tuesday and was given a tour by chairman of trustees Dr Paul Richards and trustee Bill Irwin.

During the tour of the museum, which re-opened last Tuesday, Mr Wild was shown around the fisherfolk cottages which shed light on how Lynn’s North End community lived.

James Wild MP, Visits True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn..LtoR, Bill Irwin (True's Yard Trustee), James Wild MP, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman of the True's Yard Trustees). (39360952)
James Wild MP, Visits True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn..LtoR, Bill Irwin (True's Yard Trustee), James Wild MP, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman of the True's Yard Trustees). (39360952)

Afterwards, Mr Wild said: “I’ve been incredibly impressed by what I’ve seen today. Fishing is a huge part of King’s Lynn’s heritage, and Lynn has still got a fisher fleet.

“It was great to come and see those preserved cottages – it’s a fantastic asset to the town.

“As we look to recover from the coronavirus crisis, people should be making their way to True’s Yard.”

James Wild MP, Visits True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn..On the right, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman of the True's Yard Trustees) with James Wild MP. (39360959)
James Wild MP, Visits True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn..On the right, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman of the True's Yard Trustees) with James Wild MP. (39360959)

Mr Wild added that more should be done to promote Lynn and its heritage in general, which he described as a “bit of an untold story”.

This was a point on which Dr Richards, who has been a Town Guide operating tours in the town since the 1980s, agreed.

“We need more people to know about King’s Lynn as its heritage is amazing,” he said.

James Wild MP, Visits True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn..LtoR, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman of the True's Yard Trustees) with James Wild MP, in one of the Cottages. (39360954)
James Wild MP, Visits True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn..LtoR, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman of the True's Yard Trustees) with James Wild MP, in one of the Cottages. (39360954)

“I think more and more people will be having staycations, a lot of people will be coming to Norfolk in the next two months.

“We’ve got to make sure they know about True’s Yard.”

Dr Richards said they are looking to hold their True’s Talks programme later in the year, while next year is a big one for the museum, as it will mark its 30th anniversary.

James Wild MP, Visits True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn..On the right, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman of the True's Yard Trustees) with James Wild MP. (39360710)
James Wild MP, Visits True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn..On the right, Dr Paul Richards (Chairman of the True's Yard Trustees) with James Wild MP. (39360710)

Museum curator Lindsey Bavin said the team has been “pleasantly surprised” by the number of visitors they have had since they re-opened last week.

“Everyone has been absolutely lovely – we’ve had people from all over the place,” she said.

And she said a £10,000 government grant during the coronavirus pandemic was a “huge lifeline”.

True's Yard Fisherf olk Museum, King's Lynn (34352332)
True's Yard Fisherf olk Museum, King's Lynn (34352332)

A number of safety measures have been implemented since the outbreak, including hand sanitiser stations, increased cleaning and improved signage – such as painted fish on the ground outside showing visitors the direction they should travel in.

Meanwhile, signs up at the cottages and the Smithy museum alert visitors to the maximum number of people allowed inside at any one time.

True’s Yard is open 10am to 4pm Tuesday to Saturday.

Admission costs £3 for adults, £2.50 for seniors (over 60), £1.50 for children and children under five go free. A family ticket for two adults and two children is £6.

To find out more, visit truesyard.co.uk, follow them on social media or call 01553 770479.



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