‘Stories of Lynn’ lecture series launches

Autumn Lectures 1 600Autumn Lectures st johns cup 300The first in a series of free ‘Stories of Lynn’ lectures takes place on Tuesday 13 October. Each will take place in the Town Hall, 6.00 pm – 7.30 pm.

Designed to start telling some of the fascinating stories contained within the buildings and collections that make up the Town Hall complex and the magnificent buildings of the town, each lecture will focus on a particular theme or artefact ranging from medieval times through to the 18th and 19th century.

The first lecture will be given by Dr Andy Mills, Project Curator from the Norfolk Museums Services. Dr Mills, an anthropologist and historian of art, has worked on research and exhibition projects for a number of institutions, including the University of East Anglia, and has had the enviable task of packing and researching the Town Hall collections over the last nine months, and watching the new Stories of Lynn exhibition coming to fruition.

His lecture, entitled ‘The Civic Insignia of King’s Lynn: Some Reflections on its National and World Context’, will look in some detail at the King John Cup, the King John Sword, staff, maces, chains, robes and other accoutrements that form the jewels in the town’s crown and symbolise the importance and significance of the Mayor’s role.

New light will be shed on these well-known items showing them from a different perspective. The culture and tradition behind the use of such status symbols will also be explored along with the historically important role of the Mayor as the head of the powerful corporation which controlled the land and sea through the courts.

There will be six lectures in total. Each 1 hour lecture is free to attend and starts at 6pm in the Town Hall’s magnificent Georgian Assembly Room. Refreshments will be provided.

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds said: “As we head towards the opening of Stories of Lynn next spring, I think it’s really exciting that we can start to hear about some of the town’s fascinating but hidden history through this autumn lecture series.”

The full programme of lectures is as follows:

13 October – Dr Andy Mills – the Civic Insignia of King’s Lynn:Some reflections on its National and World context

20 October – Professor Mark Bailey – ‘Towns and Markets in Medieval East Anglia’

27 October – Ms Ruth Farnan – ‘Understanding Pieter Van Roestraeten’s Still Life with King John Cup’

3 November – Dr Julian Litten FSA – ‘The Stained Glass of All Saints Church’

10 November – Dr Paul Richards – ‘The Merchants of Lynn & their World 1685 – 1789’

24 November – Mr Adrian Parker – ‘The Angel Roof of St Nicholas Chapel’

Opening in 2016, Stories of Lynn will enhance and remodel the town hall complex, allowing people to explore the buildings and learn more about the economic and social history of King’s Lynn – one of England’s most important medieval port towns.

Using the archive, collections and fabric of the buildings, innovative interpretation devices and a diverse activity plan, the attraction will unlock the stories of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, magistrates and miscreants who have shaped King’s Lynn.

The project has been made possible thanks to a £1,850,600 Heritage Lottery Fund grant and £800,000 investment by the borough council.


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