Events

2017 Events

Guided tours – Stories of Lynn – Every Tuesday from 1pm-1.45pm

Visitors to Stories of Lynn can take a guided tour of the museum, with one of our expert tour guides. The tour will take you around the museum and exhibition, and give you the opportunity to learn more about the history of the building and view some of the magnificent objects we have on display. The guided tours are every Tuesday, starting at 1pm, and finishing at 1.45pm. Tours are free with museum admission.

Battle of the Somme –  Exhibition space – Saturday 8 July – 10 August

Finding the Fallen: The Battle of the Somme touring exhibition

Discover the stories of Norfolk men who fought in the Battle of the Somme, 1 July-18 November 1916. Learn how the soldiers were recruited, where they trained and about the conditions encountered in the front line trenches. Hear the words of Norfolk men on active service and see some of the equipment the soldiers carried.

Masterclass in Enamelling – Education Room – Saturday 22 July – FULL

Join Sheila McDonald, Enameller and Jeweller, to learn the art of enamelling. Taking inspiration from the beautiful King John Cup, which is decorated with the highest quality enamelling of the fourteenth century, you will have the chance to use specialist materials and equipment to create your own enamelled piece.

£30 per person. 10am-3pm (with 1 hour for lunch). Refreshments will be provided but participants are asked to make their own arrangements for lunch.

Battle of Gaza – Exhibition space – 11 August – 29 August

Finding the Fallen: The Battle of Gaza touring exhibition

This exhibition marks the centenary of the Second Battle of Gaza on 19 April 1917, in which hundreds of men serving in the Norfolk Regiment fought. Discover how the Territorial Force soldiers were recruited and of their journey from Gallipoli to Gaza. Learn how the campaign in the Middle East impacted on the Norfolk Regiment and write a postcard in the soldiers’ memory.

Pirates day! – Stories of Lynn – Wednesday 2 August

Come and learn about past pirates of Lynn. Meet a pirate, and take part in pirate school, try your hand at a variety of swashbuckling games and challenges. Encounter pirates at your own risk on our giant seafaring board game. Make a hat and eye-patch fit for a captain, and complete a treasure trail around the museum, to win a prize!

All activities run from 11am-3pm and are free with museum admission.

Treasure Island! – Stories of Lynn – Thursday 17 August

Discover some of the museum’s beautiful treasures and hidden gems, in this family friendly event. Find out what a seafarer’s life was like, by meeting one of Lynn’s famous historic explorers. Learn about the King John Cup, and make and decorate your own to take home. Find out how coins were made in the past, and even have a go at minting your own penny. Find all the pieces in our special treasure trail, to win a prize!

All activities run from 11am-3pm and are free with museum admission.

Olive Edis Exhibition – Exhibition Space – 2 September – 3 December

Olive Edis was one of the most important photographers of the early 20th century. At the height of her career she photographed the full spectrum of British society, from local fishermen and their families to prime ministers, royalty, scientists and artists. She was an exceptional portrait artist, a pioneer of new technologies, a successful business owner, and the first British woman to be appointed as an official war photographer. Edis died in 1955, leaving the contents of her studio to her assistant Cyril Nunn who cared for the collection until it was acquired by Cromer Museum in 2008. In the 60 years since her death Edis has been largely forgotten by history, and her huge contribution to British photography sadly overlooked. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Olive Edis Project at Cromer Museum aims to raise awareness of Edis’ work and give her inspirational story the recognition it deserves. The Road to Ypres: The War Photography of Olive Edis explores the unique collection of photographs taken by Edis during her month long tour of war-torn Europe in March 1919. Edis was approached in 1918 by the Imperial War Museum’s Women’s Work Sub- Committee with a commission to photograph the work of the British Women’s Services in Europe. Although the trip was delayed due to the precarious military situation in 1918, and some opposition to sending a woman to photograph an active war zone. In 1919 she travelled to France armed with her large plate camera, becoming the first British woman to be commissioned as an official war photographer, and one of only five British photographers ever commissioned to cover the First World War. Throughout the journey she kept a fascinating diary of her adventures where she recorded the stories behind the photographs and her reactions to the destruction that she saw all around her.

Olive Edis Family Day – Stories of Lynn – 3 September

Details to be confirmed

Introduction to Family History – KLBA – 20 September

An introduction to the basics of family history, including how to use online resources to search census returns, civil registrations, and Parish registers.

Hidden Gems – KLBA – Wednesday 11 October

Enjoy an introduction to the KLBA searchroom, find out about the Stories of Lynn Project, and see some of the hidden treasures unearthed during the building work, before seeing a display of documents in the strongroom.

How to use the searchroom – KLBA – Wednesday 8 November

Find out how to use the searchroom at KLBA, including what to bring with you, or how to order original documents.

For more infromation on our events, call us on 01553 774297 or email storiesoflynn@west-norfolk.gov.uk to book a place.

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