Conference will examine the role of the railway in the history of King’s Lynn

Railway staff at Kings Lynn station.

Railway staff at Kings Lynn station.

It’s being held at Marriott’s Warehouse on the South Quay from Friday, April 25 to Sunday, April 27.

The event begins with a talk by archaeologist Dr Clive Bond, chair of the West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Archaeological Society, on industrial archaeology Lynn, the port and the railways in the late 1980s.

This will be followed by the chance to view railway memorabilia provided by the B17 Locomotive Trust and Trevor Nunn’s East Lynn to Nunstanton model railway.

On the Saturday there will be a series of lectures, starting at 10am, including presentations by the B17 Locomotive Trust, which hopes to rebuild a replica of the Great Eastern Railway steam engine.

Ian Legg, head of revenue at First Capital Connect, will be speaking about King’s Lynn station’s recent period regeneration project.

There will be stalls and exhibitions running on the second floor throughout the day and on the Sunday.

Dr Paul Richards, chair of the Marriott’s Warehouse Trust, said: “The coming of the railways in the 1840s sounded the death knell of East Anglian coastal and river traffic upon which the Wash depended.

“Then new docks and railways together revived the trade of Lynn and Boston in the 1870s and 1880s, and sparked modest industrial revolutions.”

Dr Bond said: “This conference weekend will explore the relation between, Lynn, the Port and the Railways, from the 1840s, to the present with First Capital Connect’s refurbishment of our beautiful Great Eastern Railway Victorian Station”.

Admission to the event, sponsored by First capital Connect, is free. 
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