Council unveils �3m bid to turn King’s Lynn Town Hall into heritage centre

Plans to put King's Lynn's civic treasures and records on display in a revamped Town Hall went on show today.

Proposals for the Grade 1-Listed King's Town Hall complex, facing St Margaret's Church, include putting archives on show and extensive improvements to heritage displays of regalia such as King John's Cup.

Plans went on show today at West Norfolk council's offices in Chapel Street, Lynn Museum and the Town Hall.

People viewing the display will be invited to complete a brief questionnaire, where they will have the opportunity to say what they would like to see at the Town Hall.

Council cabinet member Elizabeth Nockolds said: 'King's Lynn Town Hall has been at the heart of civic life for over 800 years and has enormous potential to play a significant role in the town's future.

'Its collections have regional, national, and in some cases international importance.

'As well as its role in preserving heritage and supporting education, the complex has potential to strengthen the tourism offer in King's Lynn, attracting visitors and investment.'

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Officials estimate the proposals would cost �3m. After the consultation process, a bid for �2.4m will be made to the Heritage Lottery Fund.

If funding bids are successful, and plans are approved by Council, work could start in 2014.

'Despite its numerous assets many local people have never been inside the town hall and we want to change that,' said Mrs Nockolds.

'There is a real opportunity to make more of this building and its collections, but we need to understand how the public would like to use the space and the services they would value, so it is really important that everyone, including those who have never visited the town hall before, takes part in the survey.'

To take part in the survey online, follow the link above.