Agenda and minutes

Venue: Lynn Museum, Market Street, King's Lynn, PE30 1NL

Contact: Wendy Vincent 

No. Item


Apologies for Absence

To receive any apologies for absence.


Apologies for absence were received from County Councillor D Collis and Susan Thompson.


Minutes pdf icon PDF 80 KB

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


The Minutes of the meeting held on 24 July 2017 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.


There were no declarations of interest.


Report of the Head of Operations and Learning pdf icon PDF 145 KB

To consider the King’s Lynn Museum Report.


The Committee received the report from the Head of Operations and Learning which provided information on King’s Lynn Museum activities in the period from July to September 2017 circulated with the Agenda.


Robin Hanley, Hannah Jackson, Oliver Bone and Sam Bellotti presented the report.


The above officers responded to questions relating to:


·         Two recently restored pictures/Baines paintings currently at Aickman’s Yard and creating space to display at Lynn Museum to enable the general public to view.

·         Museum programme regularly used items stored at Aickman’s Yard.

·         Lending items/collections to other Museums.

·         Shoes exhibition – attracted a significant number of visitors.

·         Displays regularly rotated in order to incorporate new acquisitions.

·         Potential of Guildhall to accommodate future exhibitions.

·         Baines Paintings – suggestion made to produce a limited edition calendar for fund raising purposes.

·         Opportunities to create temporary exhibitions – example given of the shoes.

·         Potential development opportunities at the Town Hall

·         Lynn Museum able to apply to loan objects/collections from national museums.

·         Group of trainees meet on a regular basis to exchange ideas/support each other to develop ideas.

·         Programme group meet on a quarterly basis to oversee and deliver current and future programmes/exhibitions to link in with local themes.

·         Local event/town wide activity to welcome recent Thomas Baines painting back to King’s Lynn.

·         School visits/programme (funding available for transporting pupils to museums).

·         Outreach work - mobile exhibitions visiting community venues, materials loaned to  schools

·         Marketing campaign – a new History in Your Hands flier had been produced to publicise the museum’s events.

·         Acquisitions policy.

·         Use of Internet to create virtual exhibitions.

·         Google Cultural Institute – plans to follow up with an additional new online exhibition on pilgrimage and pilgrim badges.

·         Sunday opening 12 pm to 4 pm had received positive uptake.

·         Visitor numbers/variance/trends across all Norfolk museum sites.

·         Local celebration events to link in with national anniversaries, etc.


K Leonard, Treasurer of the Friends of Lynn Museum provided an overview of forthcoming events organised by the Friends.  It was noted that the afternoon talks were well attended and attracted approximately 20 attendees.    It was noted that the Friends had funds available to continue to support the Lynn Museum.  The Friends published a newsletter and Mr Leonard undertook to forward a copy to the Democratic Services Officer for circulation to the Committee.


On behalf of the Committee, the Chairman, Councillor Mrs Nockolds thanked the Friends for their continued support.


H Jackson tabled the visitor figures and it was reported that:


·         July 2017 - Numbers were on a par compared with 2016/2017.

·         August 2017 – Numbers were on a par compared with 2015/2016.

·         September 2017 – Numbers were up on the 2016/2017 reported figures.


The Committee was informed that it was hoped that the continued work to promote and deliver activities as well as the use of social media would generate increased footfall.


King’s Lynn Museums Report – Supplementary Information


The Head of Operations tabled supplementary information following the comments made at the last meeting.


The Committee considered and discussed the suggestion as set out  ...  view the full minutes text for item 5.


Date of Next Meeting

To note the date of the next meeting is on Monday 4 December 2017, 2.15 pm, Council Chamber, Town Hall, Saturday Market Place, King’s Lynn.


The next meeting of the Committee would be held on Monday 4 December 2017 at 2017 in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, King’s Lynn.