New exhibition explores town’s medieval links

Opening of the Fish and Ships exhibition at True's Yard in King's Lynn. From left Deputy Mayoress Li

Opening of the Fish and Ships exhibition at True's Yard in King's Lynn. From left Deputy Mayoress Linda Whitby, Deputy Mayor David Whitby, museum manager Lindsey Bavin, Dr Paul Richards and BCKLWN leader Nick Daubnney, who opened the exhibit. Picture: Matthew Usher.

True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum in King's Lynn has opened a new temporary exhibition which explores the traditions and customs of the Hanseatic League.

The exhibition – titled 'Fish and Ships' – describes the significance of the Hanseatic League, a network of European towns that traded in foods and goods, including herring and cod.

Lynn historian Dr Paul Richards said: 'Fishing is such an important part of the history of Lynn, particularly in the town's North End. The industry goes back at least 1,000 years.

'In medieval times, shipping and the town's links with other Hanse towns across Europe were extremely important when it came to trading goods. The waters were the country's motorways, and boats from overseas were particularly interested in coming to King's Lynn.

He added: 'Via the Ouse at Lynn, you could access and sell your goods in 12 other counties, including Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.'

This year, King's Lynn also celebrates 10 years as a member of the New Hanseatic League, which aims to revive these traditional international networks in modern-day business.

Nick Daubney, leader of West Norfolk Council, also heads the English representation of the league and yesterday opened the exhibition.

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He said: 'King's Lynn is very well known in business circles and it's always lovely to celebrate the heritage and legacy of the Hanseatic League.'

The exhibition has been funded through donations at tours of the Kamper Kogge during Hanse Festival celebration in May. It runs until October 1.

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