True’s Yard Museum will be joining the rest of the nation this weekend in celebrating the Diamond Jubilee of HM Queen Elizabeth II, by holding a free open day and launching a new exhibition showcasing the links between King’s Lynn and the Royal Family.
The new exhibition, which will continue until 31st July, will feature local photographs, archive sources and never-before-seen objects with a royal flavour.
The exhibition will cover previous Jubilees, Royal visits, coronations and other celebrations with a patriotic theme, from when the town was ‘taken under the Royal wing’ in the time of Henry VIII to the recent opening of a new wing at the Museum itself by HM the Queen.
Organiser Leah Warriner-Wood said “Visitors will be able to see the Museum decorated as the town would have been for Royal events in the past, and there will be something for everyone to see and do, with craft activities for children and a royal themed quiz and prize draw for the whole family.
“Visitors can also play a part in making the history of the future by sharing their royal memories or thoughts about the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Year on the exhibition’s community memory wall, or by adding to the Museum’s growing sound archive.
“Perhaps they were there when the Queen visited Lynn, attended a street party for the coronation in 1953, or remember a relative speaking about the 1935 Jubilee. Anyone with memories to share can just drop in for a cup of tea and a chat with one of our volunteers in our Georgian Tea Room.”
You can also get in touch with the Museum on 01553 770479 or via the new website at www.truesyard.co.uk for a chance to be featured in the exhibition.
Visitors will be able to tour the Museum and see the exhibition from Tuesday to Saturday between 10am and 4pm, over June and July. The Museum entrance fees are: £3 Adults, £2.50 Concessions, £1.50 children. Plus, visitors who come along to the exhibition’s opening on 1st June will also be able to enter the rest of the Museum for free as part of the annual Summer Open Day.
True’s Yard Museum is situated on North Street, King’s Lynn in the old ‘North End’ district, and tells the story of the fishermen and their families who lived in the maze of yards which once made up the area.
With the town’s last two surviving fishermen’s cottages and only surviving smokehouse having been renovated to form its heart, it was opened by HRH the Prince of Wales in 1993. The Museum aims to preserve evidence of the lives, work, customs and culture of the once proud North End community.
Visitors are invited to learn and enjoy this exceptional corner of English heritage.