Some of the True’s Yard committee members. Picture: Ian Ward.
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True’s Yard Fisherfolk Museum has launched an appeal to mark its silver jubilee.

Trustees of the community museum, North Street, launched the appeal this week to raise £100,000.

More than 1,000 people visited True’s Yard during last Sunday’s  Heritage Open Day.

Historian, Dr Paul Richards, chairman of the North End Trust, responsible for the museum, spoke of the importance of the museum.

He said: “There are three main things: heritage, community and education.

“The museum has come from the roots – the community. And Lynn would be very different without heritage.

“It’s about consolidating what we have achieved over the last 25 years and building up what we have got.”

True’s Yard tells the story of Lynn’s fishing community; the men, women and families of the Old North End.

Dr Richards said the museum also had a key role in education.

“Pat Midgley (who founded the museum) gave priority to education and school visits,” he said.

“She was invited to Downing Street to meet the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, as she was so well-known for the work she did.”

However, Dr Richards pointed out that not all schools in Lynn and West Norfolk can get to the museum due to transport costs.

He said money from the appeal would go towards outreach work with local schools.

He said: “We could design an A4 colourful book for children with a time line in how to show how the North End started, which would link up to English history.”

The money would also go towards the buildings within the museum complex.

A recent survey revealed the roof needs essential repairs and windows need to be replaced.

And the 1904 restored fishing smack which is dry-docked in the museum yard needs conservation work, which will cost around £6,000.

The computer system, which was installed in the 1990s, also needs to be replaced and brought up to date.

So, far £11,000 has been donated to the appeal.

If you would like to help, call True’s Yard on 01553 770479 or email info@truesyard.co.uk.

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