Lindsey Bavin and Dr Paul Richards at True’s Yard. Picture: Paul Tibbs

A King’s Lynn museum has received £56,500 to revamp its research centre facilities.

True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum will now be able to transform The Pat Midgley Research Centre thanks to the grant given by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF).

The upgrade would bring opportunities for new staff and archive training for volunteers.

The money will also allow all the historic records, photographs and other material related to Lynn and the North End to be  conserved accurately.

Trust chairman Dr Paul Richards, said: “To ensure our house of history will be preserved and accessible for the education and enjoyment of today’s and future generation is a major achievement thanks to the grant.

“To discover the past is to enrich the future.”

The research centre is named after the late Mrs Midgley, who founded the independent museum almost 25 years ago.

She built up a large collection of photographs, family files, business records and oral history tapes.

Robyn Llewllyn, head of HLF  East of England, said: “We are thrilled to support this project which promises a bright future for such an important collection of King’s Lynn’s heritage.

“Next year marks 25 years since Mrs Midgley founded the museum and this means her legacy will continue to grow.”