Agenda and minutes

Venue: Lynn Museum, Market Street, King's Lynn

Contact: Wendy Vincent 

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To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Councillor J Westrop, County Councillor J Ward, L Bavin and O Bone.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 78 KB

The Committee is invited to confirm as a correct record the notes of the previous meeting.


The notes of the meeting held on 14 May 2018 were agreed as a correct record.


Matters Arising

To consider any matters arising.


Henry Baines Memorial


In response to a question from the Chairman, Councillor Mrs Nockolds, Susan Thompson reported that she had spoken to A Gifford, but to date no response had been received from the Heritage Lottery Funding.


Declarations of Interest

Please indicate if there are any interests which should be declared.  A declaration of interest should indicate the nature of the interest (if not already declared on the Register of Interests) and the agenda item to which it relates.  If a disclosable pecuniary interest is declared, the Member should withdraw from the room whilst the matter is discussed.


These declarations apply to all Members present, whether the Member is part of the meeting, attending to speak as a local Member on an item or simply observing the meeting from the public seating area.


Councillor Chenery declared an interest as a trustee of the Norfolk Records Office Charity.


Report of the Western Area Manager pdf icon PDF 69 KB

To consider the King’s Lynn Museum Report.


R Hanley, Assistant Head of Museums (Head of Service Delivery) and the Operations Manager – West presented the report which provided information on the King’s Lynn Museum activities for the period May 2018 to July 2018.

The visitor numbers were tabled and discussed.  The Operations Manager – West advised that the figures had been audited up to 31 July 2018.  The Lynn Museum figures had increased by approximately 1,000 visitors for the same period in 2017.  The Assistant Head of Museums congratulated the staff at the Lynn Museum for the marketing work which had been undertaken to attract visitors to the Museum and added that some Museum sites had seen around a 15% drop in visitor numbers during July and August as a result of the very hot weather.


The Assistant Head of Museums and the Operations Manager – West responded to questions relating to:


·         The current exhibition Animal ABC.

·         Security provision for the display cabinet in the reception of Lynn Museum.

·         Loan of collections for display at the Lynn Museum.

·         The October talks programme.  It was noted that Lynn Museum staff had produced a leaflet which was referred to by S Thompson.

·         Opportunity for members of the public to see a miniature model steam engine operate in the museum.

·         Themed gallery discovery trails.

·         Various arrangements for publicising the Museum’s events.

·         Sunday joint ticket, available to visitors of Stories of Lynn, Custom House exhibition and the Lynn Museum had seen positive uptake.

·         Categories of birds named in honour of Gurney.

·         Summer programme of activities.

·         New programme to encourage under 5’s to visit the Museum.

·         Work undertaken by volunteers.

·         Seahenge - Gallery and educational links to schools, etc.

·         Southgate Project.

·         Successful partnership working with King’s Lynn Festival.

·         Coastal Treasures project.

·         Variable factors which influenced visitor numbers.

·         Vouchers give to school children to encourage repeat visits to the Museum.

·         Centralised Purchasing of stock for Museum shops.


In response to a question on working with the Munnings Museum, the Operations Manager – West undertook to ascertain the information and email a response to the Committee.


The Committee received and update from S Thompson, Friends of the Museum as detailed in the report.  The Committee was reminded that the annual fundraising lecture organised by the Friends this year would be by Dr Jody Joy, Senior Curator of Archaeology at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge who would be speaking about the Snettisham Treasure.  Tickets were on sale at the Museum at £5.  It was AGREED that S Thompson would send the link to the Friends Newsletter to the Democratic Services Officer for circulation to the Committee.


In response to a question of extending the Sunday offer during the winter months, the Assistant Head of Museums explained that the visitor figures would continue to be monitored but highlighted that the budget and resource required also needed to be considered.  However, it was noted that the Tourist Information Office was open on on a Sunday from mid-day.


The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Nockolds thanked the Assistant  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Date of Next Meeting

To note the date of the next meeting will be held on 3 December 2018 at 2.15 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn.


The next meeting of the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Area Museums Committee will be held on Monday 3 December 2018 at 2.15 pm in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn.