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New Downham Heritage Centre set to open

Downham Market’s new Heritage and Learning Centre is set to open on Monday 28th March.

Local people will be the first to be invited to discover more about the history of their town, as the new Heritage and Learning Centre – Discover Downham opens its doors in time for the Easter School holidays.

The centre will be a hub for tourists, the local community and schools and will also be available for groups and societies to hire.

Downham Market and District Heritage Society volunteers have spent the last few months putting the new displays together which focus on Fenland life and the development of the town including its trades, industries and shops.

The Society raised £650,000 from the Heritage Lottery Fund, WREN, and other local charitable organisations to facilitate the move to brand new premises at the Old Fire Station in Priory Road.

The centre will open to the public on Monday 28th March, and from then on will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays 10am -4pm. Thecentre is free to visit.

On the opening day, Monday 28th March, there will be family activities, from 10.30am – 11.30am, and 2pm-3pm and refreshments available for visitors.

Downham Market and District Heritage Society Chairman Dave Flower said ‘This is an exciting time for us, as we can see years of hard work by our volunteers coming together to provide this vital asset for the local community. We are very grateful to our funders, the Heritage Lottery Fund and WREN for all the support they have given us’.

*Kings Lynns latest attraction “Stories of Lynn” is also due to open this Easter, on Friday 25th March.

The new Lynn exhibition, situated inside King’s Lynn Town Hall on the Saturday Market Place, will take visitors on a journey of discovery through 800 years of the the town’s history.

Interactive exhibits, fascinating artefacts and a nationally significant borough archive will all tell the tales of the seafarers, explorers, merchants, mayors, magistrates and miscreants who helped shape King’s Lynn, one of England’s most important medieval port towns.

 

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