Pat Midgley Research Centre


True’s Yard is a unique heritage site and tourist attraction but it is also an important town archive. The Museum is a treasure house of local history with a variety of primary and secondary sources. Whether researching your family history, local history, studying for a qualification or just interested in history, you can access our exceptional social and cultural history and take advantage of the wealth of information at our Research Centre. A Reference Library, Archive Room and Reading Room with history files are all at your disposal. A large Sound Archive containing hours of easily accessed recordings can be listened to as well. Staff and volunteers can offer advice and guidance.


What's in the Research Centre?

  • Reading Room - a quiet area for visitors to study
  • Reference Library -  local history books, maritime and more
  • Historic Books Section - historic texts dating back to 1700s
  • Digitised Collection – over 7000 photos and documents
  •  -  trace your family tree
  • Archive Room - a collection gathered over 23 years
  • Eastern Sea Fisheries Archive – A special collection ( by appointment only)
  • Sound Archive – memories of the North End and King's Lynn
  • Computer Suite - 8 computers (Room hire £15 per hour or £60  10am-4am)
  • Education Room - seats up to 45 (Room hire £15 per hour or £60  10am-4am)

The Research Centre is free of charge, except for room bookings and school visits where fees apply.

Admission Prices

Adults £3

Seniors (over 60) £2.50

Children (under 5′s go free) £1.50

Family (2 adults + 2 children) £6

Research Centre Free

Opening Hours

Tuesday - Saturday 10am-4pm Last admission 3:30pm

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