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True's Yard Museum has exhibition about its own history

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True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum is holding an exhibition exploring its own history.

The North Road museum first opened its doors to the public on March 31, 1991.

The Museum’s cottages were saved from demolition and then restored by a dedicated group of Northenders, led by Pat Midgley.

True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum exhibition (55837214)
True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum exhibition (55837214)

This exhibition explores the origins of the museum and the buildings which make up the complex (which can appear deceptively small from the outside).

The exhibition, which was opened by the mayor, Harry Humphrey, was also attended by the mayoress and North West Norfolk MP James Wild.

The mayor also opened the museum’s new permanent display of a collection of models of historic North End buildings created in loving detail by retired carpenter Fred Hall.

This display also features a Lego model of St Nicholas Chapel.

True’s Yard, which takes its name from William True, the former owner of the six cottages which formed the yard, was once the home of several families who lived within the historic fishing quarter.

Examination of census returns and painstaking research by the museum’s family history volunteers, Vic and Val Taylor, has allowed the identities of these families to be revealed.

The museum’s archives also contain photographs of some of these former residents, such as Mary Ann Gaudin.

She lived in cottage No6, which is one of the two survivors of the six cottages which once made up True’s Yard.

True’s Yard is run by the North End Trust and its chair, local historian Paul Richards, said: “We are very pleased that the mayor and mayoress were able to visit the Museum and open our new exhibition and the new model display which we hope will attract more visitors in the next few weeks.”

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