Agenda and minutes

Venue: Lynn Museum

Contact: Wendy Vincent 

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Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


An apology for absence was received from L Bavin, True’s Yard Musum.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 69 KB

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


RESOLVED:  The minutes of the previous meeting held on 19 December 2016 were approved 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.


There were no declarations of interest.


Report of the Western Area Manager pdf icon PDF 131 KB

To consider the King’s Lynn Museum Report.


The Committee received the report from the Head of Operations and Learning as circulated with the Agenda. 


Hannah Jackson, Dayna Woolbright and Imogen Clarke from the Museums Services presented the report.


The above officers responded to questions relating to:


·         Museum events being published on the Visit West Norfolk website.

·         Social media to promote Museum events.

·         Google Arts – allowed the Museum to create online exhibitions.  The first exhibition Blubber, Bone and Baleen, exploring the history of the whaling industry using collections from Lynn Museum had received 5,000 hits.  This initiative was covered by local media, Lynn News and ITV Anglia News.


In response to questions relating to the ‘mystery shopping’ scheme, it was explained that as a result of the comments received, the Museums team had updated information on the Museum website and answerphone and renovated the signage at the museum entrance, addressing comments relating to the appearance of the front of the museum which were made by the mystery shoppers.


S Thompson, Chairman of the Friends of the Museum reported that the Friends were continuing to officer a varied programme and that the newsletter was now being produced in a different format and printed in-house which gave a saving.


In response to a question regarding the Junior Friends of the Museum, S Thompson explained that the Friends often gained new recruits which events were being run in the school holidays.  The Junior Friends had been introduced as a pilot scheme and Lynn Museum was the only museum in the area to trial the scheme.


The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Nockolds advised that Arts Council funding had been secured by the King’s Lynn Festival Board which will be used to provide pop up music event in the Museum, during one afternoon in July.


County Councillor Ward suggested that enlarged pictures be placed next to the display of pilgrim badges to enable visitors to view the collection easier.  S Thompson added that the Friends could possibly assist with providing pictures for the pilgrim badges.


The Norfolk Museums Officer provided an overview of the TITAN scheme which had been introduced in 2015 and gave an example of assisting a young man who was a student of the scheme to return to his home.


The Head of Operations and Learning advised of a recent bid to the HLF for “Kick Dust” project which was part of a one-off HLF programme.  The outcome of the bid would be announced in June 2017 and an update would be given at the next meeting.


In response to questions regarding opportunities for young people, the Head of Operations and Learning explained that wherever possible the Museums Service support work experience students, volunteering opportunities, etc.  It was reported that a new trainee would commence with the Museums Service in April 2017.



The Chairman, Councillor Mrs Nockolds commented that the Museum could be promoted during the Hanse Festival period in the Newsletter.


The visitor figures were tabled and it was reported that numbers were 1800 down for the same period  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Report from True's Yard Museum pdf icon PDF 74 KB


The Committee received and noted the report which was circulated with the Agenda.



Report from the Borough Council pdf icon PDF 308 KB


The Tourism Manager presented the report which provided the Committee with updates on tourism marketing and development activities since September 2016.  Key tourism marketing had continued, with production of the full range of printed guides for 2017 whilst also continuing to focus more attention on digital activity, especially the new Visit West Norfolk mobile app.


Copies of the following publications were tabled:


·         West Norfolk Holiday Guide 2017.

·         Where to go in West Norfolk 2017.

·         Discover King’s Lynn

·         Explore the Visit West Norfolk App.


The Tourism Manager explained that the Borough Council continued to work with Norfolk County Council’s Environment Team on project proposals such as the Coastal Treasures Project which sought Coastal Community Team funding.


In response to questions regarding businesses advertising on the Visit West Norfolk app, the Tourism Manager advised that any business should contact:  The Tourism Manager explained that business could currently advertise free of charge, but a charge would be introduced from July 2017.





Future Meetings

To confirm the following dates for future meetings in 2017:


·         5 June, 2.15 pm in the Card Room, Town Hall, King’s Lynn.

·         9 October, 2.15 pm in the Card Room, Town Hall, King’s Lynn.


AGREED:  The following dates were confirmed for future meetings in 2017:


5 June, 2.15 pm in the Card Room, Town Hall, King’s Lynn

9 October, 2.15 pm in the Card Room, Town Hall, King’s Lynn