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Learn about Lynn’s Hanseatic past and present

Two Hanse flags against a cloudy sky

Published: Thursday, 5th October 2017

Former borough mayor and historian Dr Paul Richards will be teaching a new short course on England and the Hanseatic League at Stories of Lynn, starting later this month.

Participants will learn more about England’s past and present relationship with Europe through its involvement with the Hanseatic League. King’s Lynn’s Hanseatic history holds even greater interest and significance in the context of the 2016 British EU Referendum, as we wonder what the future might hold for England and Europe? And what contribution can the New Hanseatic League make to the development of this important relationship? The course will have a special focus on King’s Lynn and Boston, to illustrate the subject for local audiences.

The course will run on three consecutive Saturdays,  21 and 28 October, and 4 November.

• Session 1: 21 October, 10am-noon, will focus on England and the Hanseatic past from 1300-1600, particularly the Wash ports. Participants will have the opportunity to access primary sources from the King’s Lynn Borough Archives.

• Session 2: 28 October, 10am-noon, will examine the present day, looking at the German Hanseatic city of Lübeck, as well as The New Hanseatic League. Guest speaker Cllr Nick Daubney, England’s representative on the Hanseatic Commission, will give an introduction to Business Hanse, and participants will tour England’s sole surviving Hanse House in King’s Lynn.

• Sessions 3 and 4: 4 November, 10am-noon and 2-4pm will take place as a day trip to Boston, featuring a walking tour of Medieval and Hanseatic Boston followed by a meeting with the Boston Hanse group for a discussion on the New Hanseatic League.

The course costs just £20 per person, including travel to and from Boston. Pre-booking is required, spaces are limited. For more information or to book a place, please call Stories of Lynn on 01553 774 297 or email

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