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Lynn’s historic buildings need Heritage Volunteers

Heritage Volunteering, King's Lynn. Bringing communities together through local heritage.

Published: Friday, 14th October 2016

Volunteers are sought to help run some of King’s Lynn’s most historic buildings, and anyone who is interested is urged to find out more.

A variety of roles are available for heritage volunteers at six of King’s Lynn’s most visited attractions. They are:
• Stories of Lynn
• True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum
• King’s Lynn Borough Archives
• St Nicholas’ Chapel
• Red Mount Chapel
• South Gate

Heritage volunteers could find themselves transcribing historical documents, guiding visitors round the hidden wonders of ancient buildings, helping school parties explore exhibits, or conserving the artefacts at a museum, and much more.

The huge range of roles available means there’ll be one suitable for everyone. Volunteering is ideal for students, those looking to gain new skills, people new to the area, retired people or people who are interested in local heritage and want to give back.

Experience is not essential, as full training will be given. All volunteers need to have is enthusiasm, and some free time. Whether people are knowledgeable about Lynn's history, or just keen to learn more, volunteering is a great way to bring communities together through local history. 

Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, borough council cabinet member for Culture, Heritage and Health, said: “If you’re interested in Lynn’s wonderful heritage, why not consider volunteering? It’s a great way to learn new skills, meet people, and find out more about our town’s past. Volunteers do a fantastic job throughout the year, and on special occasions like Heritage Open Day, helping us open our historic buildings to visitors more often. If you can give up even a small amount of your spare time, there’s a role for you.”

How to volunteer

Red Mount Chapel & South Gate

To volunteer as a Steward Guide, contact Bob Price on bob.price@west-norfolk.gov.uk  

St Nicholas’ Chapel

To volunteer as a Visitor Welcome Steward, Conservation Cleaner, Events Assistant, Family Activities Assistant, School Activities Assistant, Tour Guide, administration Assistant or Marketing Assistant contact Vicky Etheridge on 07545 203617 or v.etheridge@thecct.org.uk  

Stories of Lynn/Borough Archives

To volunteer as a Steward Guide, Learning Volunteer, or to help with transcription, research, repackaging and rearrangement of historical documents contact Ruth Farnan on 01553 669287 or ruth.farnan@norfolk.gov.uk  

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum

To volunteer to help with Front of House, Tearoom, Research, Tour Guides, School visits, Archives, Conservation or Publication contact Lindsey Bavin on 01553 770479 or info@truesyard.co.uk  

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