True’s Yard Museum prepares for birthday celebrations

Dr Paul Richards will be one of the speakers at the Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture
Dr Paul Richards will be one of the speakers at the Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture
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Following a year of fundraising for its Silver Jubilee year, the True’s Yard Museum in Lynn will celebrate its 26th birthday in style next month.

The first event is on Thursday, March 30, with the annual Pat Midgley Memorial Lecture, held in honour of the museum’s founder, at 7pm in Lynn Town Hall.

This year the subject is The Baden Powell 1900-2017, by Dr Paul Richards, Tim Clayton and Ken Hill.

A fishing smack built in Lynn, The Baden Powell is the only double-ended vessel of her type in existence.

She is coming to the end of a Heritage Lottery funded restoration project, which will see her installed in the Purfleet while work is completed, before being relaunched into the River Ouse to tell passengers about the town’s history of fishing, its trade and exploration, all from a river perspective.

The talk will explore The Baden Powell’s history and the work that has been lovingly undertaken to restore her.

Tickets are £5 per person and available from True’s Yard. Funds raised will be shared between the True’s Yard and The Worfolk Boat Trust.

On Friday, March 31, True’s Yard’s 26th birthday will be marked by a meal at The Hanse House (7pm for 7.30pm).

The menu will include a two-course meal – with dessert provided by the Friends of True’s Yard – and tickets are £15 per person from True’s Yard.

Places will be limited, so it is advised that you book quickly; all funds raised will go to the Silver Jubilee Appeal.

For further details of both events call 01553 770479 or email