Agenda and minutes

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Appointment of Chairman for the Municipal Year 2019/2020


RESOLVED:  Councillor Mrs E Nockolds be appointed Chairman for the Municipal Year 2019/2020.



Appointment of Vice-Chairman for the Municipal Year 2019/2020


RESOLVED:  Councillor M Chenery be appointed Vice-Chairman for the Municipal Year 2019/2020.



Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies were received from County Councillor T Smith and J Ward.



Minutes pdf icon PDF 5 MB

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


The minutes from the meeting held on 4 March 2019 were agreed as a correct record.



Matters Arising

To consider any matters arising.


There were no matters arising.



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.



Report of the Assistant Head of Museums pdf icon PDF 140 KB

To consider the King’s Lynn Museum Report.


Prior to presenting the report, the Assistant Head of Museums provided an update on recent activities at the Lynn Museum.


The Assistant Head of Museums and Curator, Lynn Museum presented the report which provided information on the King’s Lynn Museum activities for the period February to May 2019.


The visitor numbers were tabled and discussed.  It was noted that the visitor figures for the period April to June 2019 had not yet been confirmed.  It was highlighted that the overall trend for the previous 3 years had demonstrated an increase, it was therefore anticipated that the figures for the coming year would equal or surpass previous years.  The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Nockolds commented that it was good to see the continual increase of visitors to the museum and thanked officers for the excellent work carried out.  The Assistant Head of Museums explained that an update on the number of visitors to all museum sites would be received.


The Assistant Head of Museums responded to questions and comments relating to:


·         Range of exhibitions at the Lynn Museums.

·         Pilgrimage badges.

·         Free admission cards for Care leavers. Number of cards delivered to Priory House.  O Bone to confirm when, how many cards were delivered and if a further supply was required.

·         Importance of culture.

·         2020 exhibition to mark bicentenary of the birth of Thomas Baines, exploring the King’s Lyn born artist brothers Thomas and Henry Baines.

·         Father of Margery Kemp being a former Mayor.  O Bone to confirm details and forward a response to the Committee.

·         Grimston Ware

·         Links with British and National Museums and loan of collections.

·         Occasional loan of collections from private organisations.

·         Discovery, location and records of footprints.

·         Iron Age Snettisham hoard.

·         Wednesday afternoon talks in March and September.

·         Variety of media to publicise the museum’s events programme.

·         Donation of a Roman armilla.

·         Comments received following publication of articles in the local press.

·         Norfolk Museums Service wide Kick the Dust Project.

·         Success of Teaching Museums traineeship over the past 7 years.

·         Norfolk Coastal Treasures website.

·         Schools Programme.

·         Partnership with King’s Lynn Festival.

·         Promotion of historic sites in King’s Lynn.

·         Autobiographical mini sculpture in the form of a shoebox.


The Chairman of the Friends presented the report circulated with the Agenda and tabled a leaflet advertising the Annual fundraising lecture on 18 September – Digging Sedgeford.  The Committee was advised that the legacy left by a longstanding member had been ring-fenced to purchase something specific, yet to be identified.  In response to a question in relation to the Junior Friends, the Chairman of the Friends explained that it was difficult to attract junior members following the introduction of the Passport Scheme which provided free admission to Museums for any child.  It was highlighted that the Friends had also been present during school visits to encourage young children to join the Junior Friends but this exercise had not been productive.


The Learning and Engagement Officer provided an overview of the activities undertaken in Stories of Lynn over the past year  ...  view the full minutes text for item 7.


Report of True's Yard Museum pdf icon PDF 75 KB


The Manager of True’s Yard provided an update on activities on the report circulated with the Agenda.


The Committee was provided with an overview of the Living with Dementia project and the work undertaken in publishing a book on Margery Kemp focussing on mental health, a free copy of which would be given to Year 5 students in primary schools.


The Manager of True’s Yard responded to questions in relation to:


·         Financial issues and challenges faced by all museums.

·         Outing to Grimsby to visit the stained glass museum.


Date of Next Meeting

To note the date of the next meeting is 23 September 2019, 2.15 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall, King’s Lynn.


Monday 30 September 2019 at the Lynn Museum commencing at 2.15 pm.


Members of the Committee are invited to participate in a tour of the Lynn Museum at 1.15 pm.