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Historical autumn talks programme at the town hall

Stories of Lynn Autumn talks programme 2017. Evening talks: 6:30-7:30pm King's Lynn Town Hall £2.50 per person payable on the door

Published: Thursday, 5th October 2017

A fascinating programme of talks will take place at King’s Lynn Town Hall this autumn.

Topics will include Margery Kempe’s Lynn, how archaeology in King’s Lynn flourished with post-war redevelopment, and the diet of Queen Victoria.

The programme begins on Wednesday 25 October, with Norfolk Record Office’s former principal archivist, Susan Maddock, now an Honorary Research Fellow at UEA’s School of History. Susan will discuss the social divide in Margery Kempe’s Lynn in her talk titled ‘Gold to speed in every need, or not worth a penny?’. The talk will feature new research based on the borough’s leet court rolls, which reveal which parts of the town were most and least wealthy, and which areas were favoured by rich merchants, commercial brewers, industrial workers, immigrants and prostitutes.

The second talk, ‘Redevelopment and Archaeology in an English Historic Town: King’s Lynn 1963 – 1970’ takes place on Wednesday 1 November with former borough mayor and current President of WNKL Archaeological Society, Dr Paul Richards. The basis for the talk is that major issues were raised in the 1960s about the impact of redevelopment on the historic town. The society came into being in 1967 and is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Dr Richards will examine how mid-century redevelopment in King’s Lynn presented archaeologists with opportunities to discover more of its medieval past.

The final talk will be on Wednesday 8 November, with historian Dr Annie Gray. Her talk ‘The Greedy Queen: Eating with Queen Victoria’ offers a new perspective on one of Britain’s most iconic monarchs, charting her life and times through her food and drink; from intimate breakfasts with the King of France, to romping at tea-parties with her children, and from state balls to her last sip of milk.

All talks take place at King’s Lynn Town Hall at 6:30-7:30pm, and cost £2.50 per person, payable on the door. For more information, please visit the Stories of Lynn events page or call 01553 774297.

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