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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from Borough Councillor A Kemp, County Councillors H Humphrey, T Smith and J Ward, Susan Thompsons (Friends of Lynn Museum).



Minutes pdf icon PDF 85 KB

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


The minutes of the meeting held on 8 January 2020 were agreed as a correct record.



Matters Arising

To consider any matters arising.


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The Chair informed the Committee of the following:


The restored black and white photographs of the Guildhall, for which the work was paid for by an anonymous individual, would hopefully be on display in the Art Galley during King’s Lynn Festival in February 2021.


Lady Fermoy Portrait was unveiled in February 2020during the promotion of the 70th anniversary of the Summer Festival programme.




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.


There were no declarations of interest.



Members attending under Standing Order 34

Members wishing to speak pursuant to Standing Order 34 should inform the Chair of their intention to do so and on what item(s) they wish to be heard before a decision on that item is taken.




There were no Members present under Standing Order 34.



Report of the Assistant Head of Museums pdf icon PDF 301 KB

To consider the King’s Lynn Museum Report.


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The Assistant Head of Museums presented a report which provided information on the King’s Lynn Museum activities in the period from December 2019 to August 2020.


The Assistant Head of Museums responded to questions and comments in relation to:


·         Target date for re-opening Lynn Museum.  Once the date had been confirmed the Committee would be notified.

·         NMS Teaching Museum traineeship.

·         Number of participants for the on-line Dinosaur Event (24 households).

·         Volunteers and how contact had been maintained during the pandemic.

·         Importance of partnership working.

·         Loss of income during the pandemic and application made to the emergency funding from the Arts Council, the outcome of which is awaited.

·         Overview of social media work undertaken by the Lynn Museum.

·         Thomas Baines Exhibition – the Assistant Head of Museums undertook to confirm if the two sketch books of watercolours made when he was a teenager would be included.

·         Kick the Dust Project.


The Chair thanked the Assistant Head Museums for the detailed and informative report and on behalf of the Committee congratulated the Museums Team for the excellent work that had been carried out via social media during the Pandemic lockdown period to keep people involved with the local history and Lynn Museum.


The Treasurer of the Friends of Lynn Museum provided the Committee  with a verbal update.


The Chair thanked the Friends for the valuable work which they undertook at the Lynn Museum.




Stories of Lynn (Borough Council) - Learning and Engagement Update Report from Rachael Williams pdf icon PDF 385 KB

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The Committee received an update report from the Learning and Engagement Officer for the period 8 January to 8 September 2020.


The Learning and Engagement Officer responded to questions and comments in relation to:


·         Kick the Dust Project and the use of regular zoom meetings during the pandemic..

·         Social Media data and commentary (to be circulated with the Minutes.

·         Heritage Education Network (HEN3).


The Chair thanked the Learning and Engagement Officer for an interesting and informative report and for the excellent work undertaken to engage with young people.



Date of Next Meeting

To note the date of the next meeting is 18 January 2021 at 2 pm.



The next meeting of the King’s Lynn and West Norfolk Area Museums Committee will take place on 18 January 2021 at 2 pm, venue to be advised.