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Museum preview new display

PUBLISHED: 09:51 16 February 2009 | UPDATED: 07:58 01 August 2010

PEOPLE are being given the chance of a preview of what could become one of a museum's most popular displays.

The five new items are linked to Sir John Leman, a wealthy merchant believed to have been born in Beccles.

PEOPLE are being given the chance of a preview of what could become one of a museum's most popular displays.

The five new items are linked to Sir John Leman, a wealthy merchant believed to have been born in Beccles.

The objects, which include a full- size three-quarter length portrait of Sir John, were recently delivered by the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, where they had been stored.

In his will, Sir John left money to provide free schooling for 48 boys in Beccles in a building on Ballygate, which is now home to the museum.

Although this year's season for the Beccles & District Museum starts on March 28, the doors are being opened for a preview day on Saturday between 11am and 4pm.

The museum, which is run entirely by volunteers, is looking for people to help out with stewarding or behind the scenes.

For details, call curator John Brodnibb on 01502 715722 or e-mail thecurator@becclesmuseum.org.uk.

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