Volunteers urged to help run King’s Lynn’s treasured buildings

Red Mount Chapel in The Walks, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

Red Mount Chapel in The Walks, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Volunteers are being given the chance to help run King's Lynn's most historic buildings, as part of a drive to get more people involved in safeguarding the town's heritage.

A variety of roles are available at six of the town's major attractions. These are Stories of Lynn, True's Yard Fisherfolk Museum, King's Lynn Borough Archives, St Nicholas' Chapel, Red Mount Chapel and South Gate.

Experience is not essential so the ideal volunteer could be a student, someone looking to gain new skills, a retired person or anyone interested in local heritage who wants to give something back to the community.

Volunteers will help school parties explore exhibits, guide visitors round the hidden wonders of ancient buildings or help conserve artefacts,

At the Stories of Lynn Borough Archives, they could be involved in research, and rearranging historical documents, while at True's Yard, they could be tour guides or work with archives.

Elizabeth Nockolds, West Norfolk Council's 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. If you can give up even a small amount of your spare time, there's a role for you.'

A council spokesman said that, as part of the Heritage Lottery funding for the Stories of Lynn exhibition, it was encouraged to reach out more to the community.

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How to volunteer- Red Mount Chapel and South Gate, contact Bob Price on bob.price@west-norfolk.gov.uk; St Nicholas' Chapel, contact Vicky Etheridge on v.etheridge@thecct.org.uk; Stories of Lynn Borough Archives, contact Ruth Farnan at ruth.farnan@norfolk.gov.uk; True's Yard, contact Lindsey Bavin on info@truesyard.co.uk

are you researching west Norfolk's history? Email david.bale2@archant.co.uk