Stories of Lynn, Mueum and old Gaol cells, are home to the King’s Lynn Borough Archives, one of the country’s finest borough archives.
The Archive contains documents dating back to the 13th century; which includes King John’s royal charter of 1204, and continuing all the way to the 20th century. The documents help to tell the story of Lynn as recorded in registers of freemen, accounts, minutes of the town’s governing body and court records, amongst many others. Taking pride of place in the archive is the Red Register, which dates from 1307, and is the oldest complete paper archival book in England.
Working with the Norfolk Record Office, a brand new environmentally-controlled document storage area has been created. Alongside this is an archive resources room, equipped with a study area and computers. You can use the resource room with the assistance of an expert archivist to view these wonderful documents, by appointment.
The King’s Lynn Borough Archive includes internationally significant documents and provides an insight into the rich history of our vibrant town.
The Norfolk Record Office, in collaboration with the borough council, provide staffing to the archive, along with thousands of digitised images from key documents.
King’s Lynn Borough Archives, are open to the public from, Tuesday to Friday – 12.30pm-4.30pm (last admission at 4pm) and the 1st Saturday of each month (excluding public holidays) from 10am-2pm (last admission at 1.30pm)