King’s Lynn museum to celebrate Royal Family

Celebrating the Heritage Lottery Grant at True's Yard, LtoR, Angela Reeve (Assistant Manager), Dr Paul Richards, Lindsey Bavin (Manager) ANL-150731-152034009
Celebrating the Heritage Lottery Grant at True's Yard, LtoR, Angela Reeve (Assistant Manager), Dr Paul Richards, Lindsey Bavin (Manager) ANL-150731-152034009
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A museum is putting out an appeal for people’s memories of the Royal Family in West Norfolk.

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum turns 25 next year and is putting together a special exhibition to mark this milestone anniversary.

The museum, founded by the late Pat Midgley, has been ensuring the stories of the fishing community in the Old North End are not forgotten since opening its doors in 1991.

But staff and volunteers at the North Lynn museum need your help by submitting pictures, objects and memories of the Royal Family.

Museum manager Lindsey Bavin said the 2016 exhibition will look at the Royal Family’s connections to Lynn and would like pictures of visits to the town.

She said: “Professional photographers have taken some spectacular pictures of the Royal Family in Lynn over the years but we want to incorporate the community.

“We have discovered one picture which captures a lovely moment with the Queen Mother.

“The pictures can be of the current members of the Royal Family or those from older generations. Please bring them to True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum, North Street, Kings Lynn if you would like them to feature on the ‘Citizen’s Wall’.

“Ideally, we would like to have 25 objects which are related to the exhibition.”

Earlier this year, the museum received a £56,500 Heritage Lottery Grand to transform its research centre.

Its vast collections are currently being re-organised by project officer Michelle Andrews.

Ms Bavin said: “Michelle says we have some wonderful things in the collection. We can never turn down any donations.”

The museum has also launched an appeal to raise £100,000 over the next year to carry out important repairs to the site along with new projects with schools.

A recent survey has highlighted the need for roofing repairs on some of the buildings along with replacing windows.

The 1904 fishing smack, which lies in the heart of the yard, is also in need of important conservation work. Holes are starting to appear within this boat and an expert has estimated the repair costs to reach £6,000.

The museum is also hoping to create a book for primary school pupils using a time line showing the history of North Lynn, the town and the country within the museum