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.

Hanse Film – Exhibition Space – 21 May – 7 July

A short film, exploring the links between the Hanseatic league, and the modern day links between King’s Lynn and Ex Haneastic countries.

Medieval Mischief – Stories of Lynn – Wednesday 31 May

Children and families can meet a medieval costumed character. Find out about medieval punishments, and take a turn in the stocks! Find out what food was available to people living in Medieval Lynn, and maybe taste some for yourself. Have a go at some medieval crafts, and more! 

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

Masterclass in Printmaking – Education Room – Saturday 24 June

Interested in a mixed media approach to printmaking and painting? Then Stories of Lynn Masterclass in Printmaking is the course is for you!

Learn how to explore your ideas with mixed media materials, building up materials through layers. This course is unique due to the wide range of methods and materials you will use. Spend the morning creating monoprints using gelli plates and acrylics, and In the afternoon, combine these with paint to create unique mixed media paintings, combined with surface masking, stencilling techniques and collage.

£30 per person. 10am-4pm (with 1 hour for lunch). Refreshments will be provided but participants are asked to make their own arrangements for lunch.

Masterclass in Stained Glass – Education Room – Saturday 1 July

Come and create your own stained glass decoration, using the copper foil technique, made popular at the turn of the last century, by Louis Comfort Tiffany and the Tiffany Glass Company. The day will include expert tuition from Alby Stained Glass. All equipment and materials will be provided.

£35 per person. 10am-4pm (with 1 hour for lunch). Refreshments will be provided but participants are asked to make their own arrangements for lunch.

Masterclass in Basketry – Education Room – Saturday 8 July

Join Jonathan of Norfolk Hedge Baskets, to learn traditional basketry skills. Participants will spend the day learning how to make a round shopping basket with a roped handle to take home and keep. All tools and materials will be provided.

£35 per person. 9.30am-4pm (with 1 hour for lunch). Refreshments will be provided but participants are asked to make their own arrangements for lunch.

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

Details to be confirmed

Masterclass in Bookbinding – Education Room –  Saturday 15 July

Have a closer look at our star-object, the medieval Red Register, as Nick Sellwood, Senior Conservator at Norfolk Record Office, explains and demonstrates how books are traditionally bound. This session will include instruction in how to bind a small pamphlet. Participants are also invited to bring along their own old books for specialist advice on how to re-bind and care for them.

£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.

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

Details to be confirmed

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 August – 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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