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Restored “Baden Powell” to sail on the Ouse again

The Baden Powell as it was …

The rejuvenated vessel Baden Powell is set to sail the Ouse again in August.

Volunteers have been busy working on the boat at Terrington St John and will transfer the vessel to King’s Lynn Docks in July for final preparations.

On an appropriate August tide Baden Powell will come through the dock entrance and into her normal home, the River Great Ouse. There will be a naming ceremony for the boat at the pontoons near Marriotts Warehouse and Hanse House. Lynn’s historic boat will then tie up to a buoy in the public eye off the quay.

In September the first passengers will join the Baden Powell at the pontoons and go up and down the river to learn of the importance of the river to the establishment of the town and its prosperity as a trading port from the 11th Century or before.

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Local History Week at True’s Yard

Local History day is held at True’s Yard on the 1st Saturday in June every year. This year they decided to go one step further and hold an entire week dedicated to the incredible history of this town.

Tuesday 30th May- Free Family Fun Day at St Nicholas’ Chapel
Time travelling games, trail, dressing-up, puppets, prize draw, homemade cake and more. Suitable for all ages. Drop in between 10.30am – 2.00pm. True’s Yard along with many other organisations will have a stall at the Chapel with loads of historical games and activities.

Wednesday 31st May- North End Guided Tour 2pm £5
What better way to get to know your local history than to walk the streets and see the marks our ancestors left on the landscape? Hear the remarkable stories of the people of the North End and round it all off with a cup of complimentary tea or coffee in the newly restored Georgian Tearoom.

Thursday 1st June – 1pm-2pm Live History Theatre Workshop £5
All the way from Canada Live History are coming to True’s Yard! Live History workshops offer hands on experiences in theatre, mystery building, artefact identification, history lessons, and a Q+A with the Live History Team. Limited places so booking advised.

6pm- 7pm CIRCA- True’s Yard meets Night at the Museum! £10
An adventure through time! You meet a strange figure in historical dress who has no clue who they are. Help them avoid the security guard and discover their identity! Limited places booking advised.

Friday 2nd June – Exhibition Opening Historic Crimes 12noon
Pirates, Smugglers, Murderers and Vagabonds- their stories are all here in the latest exhibition. Why not join the rogues gallery and have your mug shot taken?

Saturday 3rd June- Family History Class with tutors Vic and Val £3 and Guided Walk 12noon £5
Includes a complimentary drink.

For more information or to book tickets call 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk

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Hanse Festival 2017

Another Medieval Market is planned.

Two days of exciting events and activities have been organised to celebrate International Hanse Day and the 12th anniversary of King’s Lynn’s membership of the new Hanse on Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 May.

During the festival, there will be a rare chance to see inside the incomparable Elizabethan tower at Clifton House. The owners of this historic merchant’s house are opening the tower especially for the festival. A small fee is payable.

Hanse Walks will explore the fascinating history of King’s Lynn’s links with the Hanseatic ports. The walks will be led by Kings’ Lynn Town Guides, and will be an hour-long tour of the town’s key Hanseatic buildings. The walks are free to attend but must be pre-booked through the Tourist Information Centre. Both walks take place on Saturday 20 May.

The History and Archaeology Symposium comprises a lecture and a book launch at Marriott’s Warehouse. The Lecture by Robert Kenny shines a light on medieval ships and trade and in particular tells the fascinating story of the Newport ship. Tickets are £3 and must be booked from True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum. After the lecture Cllr Nick Daubney will be launching a new book ‘Six Essays in Hanseatic History’. The book, published by Poppyland, is based on talks given by historians at previous Hanse Festivals.

Hanse Musik, an hour-long concert celebrating King’s Lynn’s Hanseatic, nautical and fishing heritage, takes place in All Saints Church at 5pm on 20 May.

On Saturday at 5pm, the focus of the festival moves to King’s Staithe Square, where an evening of live music begins. A line-up of international acts will perform until 10.00pm including Georgia Shackleton Trio, Victor Menace and Trad.Attack.

Estonian band Trad.Attack

On the second day of the festival, Sunday 21 May the programme of events is even more extensive. There will be fun activities for children at the town hall. Children can make a cardboard Hanse ship (cog) with local Artist Emma Jarvis. Meet a medieval trader’s wife, and find out what was being traded from where, in the time of the Hanse. They will also be able to make a medieval circle braid to take home.

The ever-popular medieval dancing in the Stone Hall at the town hall will return – delighting audiences and getting everyone tapping their toes.

Live music will take place on Sunday in King’s Staithe Square from 1pm to 6pm. Local band the Fried Pirates will be first up, followed by Remi Harris Trio, Ruth Theodore and Band and Flats and Sharps.

Cllr Nick Daubney, English Commissioner for the Hanseatic League and borough council cabinet member, said: “Since we began holding a Hanse Festival, it has drawn attention to King’s Lynn’s rich Hanseatic heritage, and celebrated our links with the modern league. Historically the waterfront has been crucial to Lynn’s trade and the festival gets people into the area, to reflect on its past and think about its future. I hope this year, that many of our colleagues and acquaintances from the Hanse, who live here, will come and join the celebrations with us. I am delighted that we have been able to use our strong Hanseatic links to build effective business networks.”

Honorary Alderman and Local Historian Dr Paul Richards said: “The Hanse Festival celebrates Lynn’s maritime heritage and how it is alive today inspiring us to make the most of our exceptional port town for the future.”

Saturday May 20 – Timetable of events

11:00 to 15:00 Clifton Tower 17 Queen Street
From noon Skiff display and try rows King’s Staithe Square
12.00 and 20.00 tbc Medieval Market King’s Staithe Square
11:00 and 14:00 Hanse Walks & Talks Custom House & Marriott’s Warehouse
from noon Newport Ship King Staithe Square
15:00 to 22:00 BBQ & drinks King Staithe Square
15:00 to 22:00 Coffee & Cake King’s Staithe Square
17:00 to 18:00 Hanse Musik concert All Saints Church
18:00 to 22:30 Live music King’s Staithe Square
22.00 Fireworks King’s Staithe Square

Sunday May 21 – Timetable of events

10:00 to 16:00 Fun activities for children Stone Hall – King’s Lynn Town Hall
11:00 to 18:00 Medieval market King Staithe Square
11:00 to 15:00 Medieval dancing Stone Hall – King’s Lynn Town Hall
12:00 to 18:00 Live music King’s Staithe Square
14:00 to 16:00 Clifton Tower 17 Queen Street
from noon Newport Ship Exhibition King Staithe Square
12:00 to 18:00 BBQ & drinks King Staithe Square
10:30 to 13:00 & 13:00 – 16:00 Coffee & cake King’s Staithe Square

www.kingslynnhansefestival.co.uk

Road closure details

South Quay will be closed from 3pm until midnight on Saturday 20 May and from 11am until 7pm on Sunday 21 May.

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Remembrance Sunday to be marked in Tower Gardens

2014 Remembrance 2The annual wreath-laying ceremony will take place in the Tower Gardens, King’s Lynn on Sunday, 13 November, to mark remembrance Sunday.

Local people will gather to pay their respects to all those who have lost their lives in the two World Wars and since 1945 up to the present day. Once again a very large public attendance is expected.

It will be a particularly poignant event this year as it marks the 100th anniversary of 2 significant battles in WW1. The Naval Battle of Jutland which resulted in the loss of 6000 Naval Personnel and the battle of The Somme which was one of the bloodiest battles of the First World War which saw more than one million men wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history. The first day on the Somme was, in terms of casualties, also the worst day in the history of the British army, which suffered 57,470 casualties.

The event will start with a parade from Saturday Market Place along St James’s Street to the Tower Gardens. The parade will be led by veterans from all three armed services and any veteran wishing to be included in this should arrive at Saturday Market Place by 10.15am.

The Mayor, Cllr David Whitby, will lead a procession of civic representatives from the Town Hall to the War Memorial where he, along with representatives from various organisations, will lay a wreath. Over 50 wreaths will be laid this year, following which prayers will be led by The Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, Bishop of Lynn.

The King’s Lynn Town Band will play solemn music in the Tower Gardens from 10.45am and the civic procession will leave from the Town Hall at 10.48 am, followed by the general procession, consisting of members of the Royal British Legion, a contingent from Royal Air Force Marham, and members of the Sea, Army, Air, and Police Cadet Forces.

The bugler will play The Last Post, signalling the beginning of the two-minute silence and the start of the ceremony at 11 am.

Following the ceremony, at approximately 11.45 am, the civic procession will parade to King’s Lynn Minster, where a service will be conducted by the Reverend Canon Christopher Ivory.

Elsewhere in the borough, wreaths will be laid to mark the occasion.

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Memories of childhood at Lynn Museum

little-lives-posterWhat are your memories of childhood? What were your schooldays like? What childhood games did you like to play?

A new exhibition at the Lynn Museum touches on the stories of childhood over the last two centuries. Childhood objects from the museum collections together with photographs and paintings offer snapshots of the changing experience of childhood.

Four local children from the last 200 years were chosen to illustrate Little Lives.

The first child is Beatrice Monement. She was a child in the 1850s and 1860s, one of a large family. She used a dolls house made by her father and played the games of croquet and chess with her sister. The Monement family dolls house is on show as well as a photograph of Beatrice’s mother and brother at the woodworking bench where the dolls house was made. Beatrice’s uncle was William Bolding, an early pioneer of photography in Norfolk and on display in the museum is a selection of family photographs by Bolding.

The second child is Elaine Lowerison. She was a child in the 1900s and 1910s. Elaine went to the Ruskin School in Heacham and enjoyed their creative approach to learning. On display are portraits of Elaine and her brother Gordon together with photographs and ephemera from the museum collections to help tell the story of this unconventional school.

Ian, Mike, David and Alastair Breen grew up in the 1950s and 1960s. The Breen brothers went to King Edward VII Grammar School in King’s Lynn and have kindly supplied the Museum with their recollections of the time. These include memories of working at Lin-Can, the cannery in King’s Lynn as a holiday job and playing Cowboys and Indians in the woods. On display is a school uniform worn by Ian Breen from the 1960s complete with cap, blazer and tie.

Emma Morse was a child in the 1990s and 2000s. She recalls the excitement of newly published Harry Potter books and films and her time as a Brownie. To go with this most recent section the museum has assembled a collection of toys and games of the period including Pokemon Monopoly, a Game Boy and Beanie Babies.

LITTLE LIVES: Snapshots of Childhood 1800 to the Present Day – opens 24th September, until 11th June 2017

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Popular ‘Trues Talks’ are back

Trues Yard Fishing Heritage Museum

Trues Yard Fishing Heritage Museum

Every Thursday at 1pm from 29th September to 17th November the Museum will be holding the 12th series of the immensely popular True’s Talks. Admission is free, but with ticket only as numbers are limited, so booking is essential. Tickets are available at the Museum from 30th August.

The talks cover a variety of local history subjects from ‘Historical Crimes of King’s Lynn’, to ‘Wisbech Born: Octavia Hill (1838-1912)’ and the intriguing ‘The £6,000,000 Corpse: The ‘Forgotten Treasure’ of Hardwick Road Cemetery’.

The talks programme is part of a series of events connected with the Museum’s Pat Midgley Research Centre, which received Heritage Lottery Funding last year. Facilities for local and family history research include a reference library, archive rooms, a reading room and the town’s only Sound Archive.

Programme

29th Sept
Dr Paul Richards
Lynn & The Importance of King John (1216-2016)

6th Oct
Dr Julian Litten
The £6,000,000 Corpse: The ‘Forgotten Treasure’ of Hardwick Road Cemetery

13th Oct
Tricia McCarron
Historical Crimes of King’s Lynn

20th Oct
Peter Clayton MBE
Wisbech Born: Octavia Hill (1838-1912)

27th Oct
Christopher Pope
“A Load of Royal Air Force Blue Bull” RAF Marham since World War II

3rd Nov
Kenneth Penn
New Town, New River, Bishop Herbert & The Origins of Lynn

10th Nov
Tony Kirby
Churches & Chapels in the Landscape 1500-2016

17th Nov
Simon Massen
Study of West Norfolk in Old Picture Postcards

For more information contact the Museum on 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk.

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Heritage Open Day 2016

Heritage Day Leaflet 2016

Join in England’s annual celebration of local history and architecture. On Sunday 11th September it’s your chance to have a wonderful FREE day out exploring King’s Lynn’s historic buildings.

The King’s Lynn Civic Society working with the Borough Council of King’s Lynn and
West Norfolk, the Red Badge Town Guides, businesses, residents and Friends groups have arranged a great programme so you can visit houses, offices, gardens, churches, chapels, interesting cemeteries, towers, tunnels and even a temple not normally open to the public.

Look out for special events, colourful re-enactors, music, dancing, classic cars and exhibitions. Heritage Open Day is England’s most popular grassroots cultural event. It is also your chance to see good and innovative new build, renovation and plans for the restoration of our historic town.

Full details available for Download Here.

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Summer Fun at Lynn Museum

Lynn Museum GallopersEvery week of August at Lynn Museum there are three different activities to keep the whole family happy – a themed trail, a hands-on activity morning with crafts and object handling and an afternoon storytelling event. With themes changing each week there is always something new to enjoy.

For your budding mini Palaeontologist head down on Tuesday 9 August to get hands on with our fantastic fossil collection and create a range of dinosaur themed crafts including flying dinosaurs!

Discover how children played in the past on Tuesday 23 August. There will be chance to handle real toys and games from the past. Visitors can try their hand at a range of traditional games and make a traditional optical illusion toy to take home. If fairground sideshows are more your style roll up on 16 August and discover how fairground rides were made. Plus enjoy a freshly made mini candy floss!

If you prefer walking like an Egyptian, visit between 9 and 14 August to try your hand at Where My Mummy? Ancient Egyptian trail for a chance to win a small prize. On Thursday 25 August visitors can enjoy Ancient Egyptian Myth from our storyteller who will draw illustrations as he tells tales.

There’s more mythical storytelling on 11 and 18 August with Roman and Anglo-Saxon themes.

For budding pirates visit on Tuesday 30 August and discover things All at Sea. Handle real maritime artefacts, meet our costumed pirates and create some piratical crafts. Any wannabe Captain Ahabs can hurt for whales between 16 and 21 August – if you find them claim your small prize.

All events are included in museum admission. Museum Pass Holders, Friends of Lynn Museum, Under 4s and Children’s University Passport Holders are free!

Lynn Museum Family Events (10.30am – 1pm)

Free with museum admission

Tuesday 9 August – Deadly Dinosaur Crafts and Fantastic Fossils

Tuesday 16 August – All the Fun of the Fair

Tuesday 23 August – Toys and Games from the Past

Tuesday 30 August – All At Sea: Pirate and Sailors

Thursday Story Time (12.30 to 3.30pm)

Free with museum admission

Thursday 11 August – Roman Myths

Thursday 18 August – Anglo-Saxon Tales

Thursday 25 August – Ancient Egyptian Myths

Family Trails
Free with museum admission. 10am to 5pm
Try a different trail for each week of the summer holidays.
Complete five trail and get invited to our Trails Stars Party on Saturday 17 September!
9 – 13 August – Where’s My Mummy? Egyptian Trail
16 – 20 August – Whale Trail
23 – 27 August – Victorians
30 August – 3 September – Twitching Trail
8 – 11 September – Paintings Trail

Lynn Museum Admission Fees
Tuesday – Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 12 noon to 4pm
Admission Fees
Adult £4.20
Conc* £4.00
Child £3.20
Family Ticket (1 adult & all children) £10.50
Family Ticket (2 Adults & all children) £14.30
Pop in for £1 from 4pm
*Concession visitors with disabilities, unwaged, over 65s or in full-time education
Free Admission – **Museum Pass Holders, **Friends of Lynn Museum, Museum association and Art Fund members with a valid card, Children’s University members and Under 4s.

Lynn Museum
Market Street
Kings Lynn
Norfolk
www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk/LynnMuseum
Tel: 01553 775001
Email: lynnmuseum@norfolk.gov.uk.
www.facebook/LynnMuseumNorfolk

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Songs from the Sea and Lynn Ballads

trues yard frank-castletonSongs from the Sea & Lynn Ballads is coming to True’s Yard on the 2nd of September at 6-8pm.

Lynn ballads by the talented Mr Gareth Calway of Room at the Hanse and local band The Fried Pirates who’ll be performing history through folk song.

Tickets cost £10 and are available at the museum. Refreshments are included and will be served during the interval.

Please support the Museum in its last outdoor event in Silver Jubilee Calendar. Help them in the final push to reach their target!

Call 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk to book.

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Historic vessel prepares to launch onto the Great Ouse

Baden Powell restorationAn historic King’s Lynn vessel is preparing to moor close to the Custom House in final preparations for a permanent launch onto the river.

The Baden Powell, built in 1900 by Walter Worfolk, is currently having some
professional attention to her hull in a specialist boatyard in St Osyth, near
Colchester, paid for with a Heritage Lottery Fund grant. In August she will be
brought back home by road to a temporary mooring close to the Custom House.

The final work on her superstructure will be carried out there in full public view, before she sails out into the River Great Ouse in 2017 to moor at a buoy nearby.

Then the Baden Powell will start a programme of sailings up and down the
river with paying passengers. For the first time, people will be able to learn from the best possible vantage point how Lynn’s maritime history played such a major role in the development of the town as a trading centre.

She will also be available for sail training by local youth organisations, and
play a full part in river activities.

The King’s Lynn Worfolk Boat Trust is expanding its trustee team to prepare for the
arrival of the restored Baden Powell in the Outer Purfleet in August. New trustee Julie Williams becomes Secretary, while Ken Hill will continue with publicity and newsletters.

Julie brings a lot of experience to her new role, and has already been a great
help in our fund-raising events. Four years ago she took voluntary redundancy after
thirty years in banking, and is a volunteer fundraiser at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Julie Williams

Julie Williams

Tim Clayton, Project Leader, and Dr Paul Richards, Chairman, stay on
board to helm and navigate, while Ron Gray, Dave Hart, Chris Ward and John
Woodford continue to make the new parts that will complete the restoration over the
winter months, with guidance from ex-Worfolk apprentice Vic Pratt. College of West
Anglia engineering lecturer Mark Haizelden has also volunteered, to oversee the
installation of the renovated Thornycroft diesel engine that will provide the power
option for the Baden Powell out in the River Great Ouse and The Wash. Her first
engine was installed in the 1920s, and the Thornycroft is an identical model of the
engine that powered her in her last years as a working boat.

The boat’s first owners, the prominent Cook fishing family, gave her the name
Baden Powell because he was a major national hero at the time, following his
exploits during the Boer War, including the Relief of Mafeking. He went on to start
the Scout movement in 1907.

The recent Baden Powell Is Coming exhibition at the Custom House attracted
628 visitors, and raised £376.71.

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Forties Lynn is just days away!

This Sunday, Forties Lynn is back, and everyone is invited to come along and join the fun!

The Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk’s popular event Forties Lynn: Life on the Home Front returns on 17 July from 10am to 4pm. Once again, the town centre of King’s Lynn will host fun free activities that explore what life was like for those who kept the home fires burning during the Second World War.

Fans of the television series ‘Dad’s Army’ can meet the team from the Dad’s Army museum in Thetford on the Tuesday Market Place, and see Corporal Jones’ butcher’s van, along with a range of other vintage vehicles.

Music performances from Timescape at 10am, 11:30am, 12:30pm and 1:45pm will set the 1940s tone. Visitors can meet British and American wartime characters – including Winston Churchill – as they browse the vintage market.

Visitors will also have a rare chance to explore the air raid shelter beneath the Tuesday Market Place. The tours will be led by the Bridge for Heroes Living History Civil Defence Group. Entry will be free, but there will be a voluntary collection for Bridge for Heroes.

On Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, a 1940s army camp will set up with enactors from the Royal Norfolk Regiment.

In the King’s Lynn Town Hall garden, visitors can meet enactors such as an evacuation billeting officer and an ARP (air raid precautions) warden, and get into the ‘Make Do and Mend’ spirit of the time, by getting tips on surviving on rations, planting a seed as they ‘Dig for Victory’, and collecting a fun ‘sweets ration card’.

Lynn Museum is offering free admission as part of Forties Lynn, and will be offering a range of activities for all ages, including the ever-popular mini-makeover and hairstyling tips from Flamingo Amy. Younger visitors can make a plane for the Spitfire fund, try out Morse code, and collect their sweet rations.

Everyone is encouraged to come along in their best 1940s clothes, and get into the swing of things!

For more information, visit www.west-norfolk.gov.uk/fortieslynn

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Explore the hidden archives of Trues Yard

More old photos ...Old photosThere’s a unique opportunity to explore the fascinating archives at Trues Yard Museum this weekend.

On Saturday 9th July from 10:30am to 3:30pm the Museum is holding an open day for the Pat Midgley Research Centre.

In 2015 True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum secured £56,500 in Heritage Lottery Funding to improve their archives and research centre. This will give the public an opportunity to explore the archives and discover the wealth of resources the Research Centre has to offer. Staff and volunteers will be on hand to answer your questions.

The Research Centre includes family history files, copies of census, baptism, marriage and death records, and an oral history archive, as well as over 7,000 photographs. It is a unique resource for those interested in local and family history.

This is an exciting time for the Research Centre, which has undergone the first phase of a two year redevelopment project called “Opening up a House of History”. Michelle Andrews, Project Officer has been the guiding hand with her invaluable expertise in conservation.

The Research Centre was renamed in November 2013 in honour of Museum founder, the late Pat Midgley MBE, who was central to the opening of the Museum in 1991. In March 2016 the Museum celebrated its 25th birthday and is currently undertaking a £100,000 Silver Jubilee fundraising appeal to secure its future for the next 25 years.

Museum Manager Lindsey Bavin explains “The Pat Midgley Research Centre archives at True’s Yard are the direct result of one woman’s passion for heritage and the preservation of knowledge. Every piece has been donated, countless hours of research have gone into it over 25 years and many items simply would not be here today were it not for that tenacious woman. We were so pleased to have been awarded Heritage Lottery Funding because it meant we are able to protect that legacy for future generations. We are reaching the half way point of the project and so much has been accomplished but we still have a way to go.”

For further information contact Michelle Andrews on 01553 770479 or by email on project@truesyard.co.uk. You can also visit the Museum’s website www.truesyard.co.uk and follow it on Facebook and Twitter.

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Celebrate the Roaring Twenties !


The Roaring Twenties is a free family event that is being held to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

On Sunday 12 June 1920s-themed events will take place from 10am-4pm, at the Tuesday Market Place, Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, Lynn Museum, and the town hall gardens.

On the Tuesday Market Place The Ragroof Players will hold a tea dance, and DJ sets throughout the day from 10.30 to 4pm. A cocktail bar will be serving 1920s-inspired cocktails and mocktails,a 1970s Citroen van will serve cupcakes, and tea will be available. Fairground stalls will set up on the Tuesday Market Place so visitors can try their luck at games including a coconut shy, ring toss and can stack. Tokens for the games can be collected at Lynn Museum and sweet prizes will be given. Traditional stalls will sell candy floss and popcorn.

Throughout the day costumed characters will stroll around the town, bringing the fashions of the 1920s to life.

At 3.30pm at the Tuesday Market Place there will be a celebration for the Queen’s birthday including the cutting of a birthday cake, and judging of the homemade fancy dress competition. The Ragroof Players and the Bee’s Knees dance troupe will also perform.

The Bee’s Knees Dance troupe will be based on Baxter’s Plain in the Vancouver Quarter, and their performances will include short Charleston classes for people to join in with at 10.30, 11.15, 12.30, 1.15, and 2.30pm.

During the Roaring Twenties event, Lynn Museum will be open with free admission. Visitors can get a flapper-makeover from Flamingo Amy, or try Egyptian-themed craft activities linked to the Norfolk-born archaeologist Howard Carter’s discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb in 1922.

From 10am to 4pm in the town hall gardens visitors can watch spectacular falconry displays from Out on a Wing; meet costumed character Florence Ada Coxon, first lady mayor of Lynn; or try their hand at making tricorn and bicorn hats, or Art Deco brooches.

The town hall’s wonderful new exhibition Stories of Lynn will host talks on 1920s fashion at 11am, 1pm and 3pm, in the education room accessible via the town hall garden. The talks will last approximately 20 minutes.

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Tornado Trail launches

tornado modelsFollowing on from the success of last year’s Spitfire trail and to celebrate the borough’s connections with RAF Marham over the last 100 years, 15 sponsored and uniquely decorated model Tornados have been positioned around the town with 24 accompanying history boards telling the story of RAF Marham.

tornado trail mapOrganised by Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch of the 42F (King’s Lynn) Air Cadets and designed in conjunction with the borough council each sculpture has been sponsored by a local businesses. Trail maps are available from King’s Lynn Tourist Information Centre throughout the summer, or can be Downloaded Here.

The trail includes a prize draw competition. To enter, people need to discover the statement hidden within the displays. Each display contains one letter. For full details, please see the trail map. The sculptures will be in place until 30 September 2016.

Flight Lieutenant Pauline Petch said: “We were astounded by the response to last year’s arts trail. I really hope that this year’s will be just as successful and that people will not only enjoy exploring historic King’s Lynn but will also find out lots of interesting facts about RAF Marham which has been such a huge part of the West Norfolk community over the last 100 years.”

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More added to the Hanse Festival lineup

Fabulous fireworks on the quay, finish off the day.

Fabulous fireworks on the quay, finish off the day.

The Hanse Festival will bring King’s Lynn’s medieval history to life on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 May – and now even more events have been added to the schedule.

The Newport Ship mobile museum exhibition will be in the Hanse House on both days of the festival. This fascinating exhibition tells the story of the discovery, excavation and conservation of the Newport Ship, a 15th-century sailing vessel. The ship was built around 1450, and then lay undisturbed on a riverbed in Newport, Wales, for over 500 years. It is the best preserved example of a 15th-century ship ever found. Hundreds of artefacts were found during the excavation, and the mobile exhibition will have some of these on display. Visitors can learn what life was like aboard, explore the artefacts, and even press a coin similar to those found on the ship.

On Saturday 21 at 5pm, if festival-goers aren’t tempted by the live music in King’s Staithe Square, they can attend a specially organised concert of classical music. The Chanot Ensemble will perform music by Handel, Bach and Pachelbel among other composers. The concert will be in the beautiful venue of All Saints Church, Hillington Square and will be free to attend.

Hanseatic Characters is a chance to learn about some iconic Lynn figures and pioneers from Hanseatic times – as brought to life by the very entertaining Room at the Hanse Theatre Company.

Father William Sawtrey, a 14th-century parish priest, introduces his own story, which the company will act out in medieval style as a Morality Play. Sawtrey met a terrible fate as the first man in England to be burned for his beliefs. He will also relate the story of two of Lynn’s most famous residents: Margery Kempe, medieval visionary and author, and her father John Burnham, Hanseatic merchant, mayor, royal agent and MP for Lynn at the time of Geoffrey Chaucer.

The characters will be in the Reception Room at the Hanse House, with performances on Saturday 21 at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Tickets are £5 per adult with accompanying children free.

And this packed day will now finish with a firework display! At 10:30pm, as the live music ends, a short firework display will be able to be viewed from the waterfront. The display has been made possible thanks to the generosity of local businesses, as it has sponsored by members of the BNI Hanse of King’s Lynn, and Whitelightning Pyrotechnics.

Cllr Nick Daubney, the English Commissioner to the Hanseatic League, said: “There will be so much going on! These events have been added to an already packed programme of a medieval parade and market, arts and crafts demonstrations, have-a-go archery, Hanse walks and talks, free live music and much more, all happening around King’s Lynn’s historic waterfront”.

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North End Guided Walks

Pilot Street Then & Now

Pilot Street Then & Now

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum has begun its annual season of guided walks around the North End area.

The walks start from the Museum in North Street, and are led by experienced local guides all enthusiasts for the rich community history of Lynn’s North End. From medieval merchants in St. Nicholas’ Chapel, to smugglers in Pilot Street these walks are a must for anyone interested in local history.

Dr Paul Richards, Chairman of the North End Trust, says “Few tales of Lynn can rival those found in the North End, its last fisherfolk yard, historic streets and magnificent Chapel”

These walks are available every Wednesday at 2pm from May to September and every Saturday at 12 noon from June to August. Tickets cost just £5 for adults and £2.50 for children, this also includes admission to the Museum and a free drink in the pleasant Georgian tearoom.

For more information contact the Museum on 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk.

*True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum is a heritage site and town museum which tells the fascinating story of Lynn’s fishing community, of the men, women and families of the Old North End. Opened in 1991 due to the tireless efforts of Pat Midgley and the Northenders, it celebrates its Silver Jubilee this year.

www.truesyard.co.uk

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