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Transcription success at the west Norfolk borough archives

PUBLISHED: 16:32 02 March 2019 | UPDATED: 12:16 04 March 2019

Record book for King's Lynn from 1700's. Photo:Emily Prince

Record book for King's Lynn from 1700's. Photo:Emily Prince

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The west Norfolk borough archives opened its doors to give the public a chance at transcribing historical documents.

Based at Stories of Lynn, the King’s Lynn borough archives held a drop-in session on Saturday, where more than 30 people spent the morning digitalising past committee minutes from the Georgian period.

Mandy Price, 62, who has lived in Lynn all her life, said: “It was a great chance for people to experience first hand the history of this wonderful town and take part in bringing that history to life.”

During the four-hour session, a town record volume was brought out to give the public unique access to original documentation.

Transcibing a section of minutes from a council meeting held on October 16, 1788. Photo:Emily PrinceTranscibing a section of minutes from a council meeting held on October 16, 1788. Photo:Emily Prince

Carrie Ingram-Gettins, 30, found the opportunity to try her hand at transcribing fascinating.

“It was incredible,” she said. “To have the chance to interact directly with a piece of history, looking at and handling something written nearly 300 years ago. It blows the mind.”

For more information or to try a hand at transcribing, contact Stories of Lynn on 01553 774297.

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