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King’s Lynn Museum

King's Lynn


This project, for Norfolk County Council, involved the redevelopment and refurbishment of the King’s Lynn Museum.

The museum is home to part of the mysterious 4,000 year-old Seahenge, the ancient timber circle uncovered on the Norfolk coast, at Holme-next-the-sea, near Hunstanton, which is thought to have had a religious significance in the early Bronze Age.

The works were funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Norfolk County Council.


  • Works were carried out to improve the internal design of the museum and expose some of its historic features.
  • A suspended ceiling was removed, exposing the church’s lofty panelled interior for the first time since 1961.
  • New décor
  • New mechanical and electrical installations.
  • Reception area was demolished making way for glazed screens and a glass roof, exposing the existing fabric.
  • External masonry repairs were undertaken and the walls were cleaned using a specialist system; calcium carbonate in a fine powder was applied with water jets to lightly remove surface deposits without damaging the skin of the Grade II listed building.

Our Commitment:

  • The building had originally been a church but has been used as a museum for 100 years. It is located beside a busy bus station so access to the building had to be carefully coordinated.
  • Some exhibits remained in the building following the contract including a newspaper which featured an R G Carter advertisement dating from the late 1960s when the company had premises in Littleport Street.

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