Swaffham Museum Swaffham
Howard Carter [of Tutankhamun fame] spent much of his childhood in Swaffham and we have on loan from the British Museum artefacts and you can also hear him reading from his diary.
Swaffham Museum are a small, independent social history museum for Swaffham and the surrounding villages. Swaffham Museum has annual exhibitions plus displays from the Stone Age to the modern age. Swaffham Museum is home of the Symonds collection of figures based on characters from literature and history. Local heroes include Howard Carter the archaeologist, Admiral Sir Knyvet Wilson, Jem Mace, W E Johns and the Swaffham Pedlar.
This year (2019) saw the opening of Swaffham Museum’s new ‘Conflict and Consequences’ Gallery, full of information about Swaffham’s involvement in wars and conflicts. Small does not mean insignificant – the Swaffham Museum featured on Antiques Road Trip on January 23 2018 when Raj Bisram visited to explore the Carter connection. This programme is available on YouTube. At Swaffham Museum there are children’s activities throughout the museum. Why not explore our history. Walk the town trail. On an appointment basis, Swaffham Museum offer personal and group research facilities in our Archive Room using maps, newspaper clippings and other documentation and artefacts. Swaffham Museum love schools and our voluntary organisations! To round off a great day at Swaffham Museum you have to visit our gift shop for souvenirs, local maps, craftwork and collectables. This also houses the Tourist Information Centre.
Swaffham Museum are proud to house six galleries offer a great insight into the life of Swaffham and surrounding area:.
The Ben Emmerson Room has many artefacts to explain some of the social history of Swaffham.
The Monique Slaven Room displays a fascinating array of archaeological finds from the Swaffham area.
The David Butters Room in 2019 hosts a photographic competition ‘Capture Swaffham’.
Room 5 – A new display ‘Conflict and Consequences’ exploring the effects of war and conflict on our market town.
The Carter Room celebrates our link with Tutankhamun via Howard Carter.
The Carr Clock RestorationIn In 2015 Swaffham Museum acquired a 19th Century longcase clock made by John Carr and Son of Swaffham. It stands 7’5″ high and has an eight day striking movement.
Swaffham History Group. Swaffham Museum have The Swaffham History Group that meets monthly at the Museum. The Swaffham history Group was formed in 2008 as a non-profit making group to undertake original research into aspects of Swaffham’s history and also to work with other organisations and individuals with similar aspirations, and where appropriate, in liaison with Swaffham Museum. We will shortly be publishing our 25th booklet on aspects of Swaffham’s history, this time on the subject of weather. Our 24th booklet was recently added, on The Pedlar of Swaffham, exploring myths and legends from all over the world with a similar theme. Previous booklets have been 14 on the town’s old pubs and inns, 1 on the Brewery, 4 on local charities, and 4 on public services – fire, water, police and Post Office. All are available from the Museum shop.
Swaffham Museum WW1 Project. The Project is grant aided by Breckland District Council and The Friends of Swaffham Museum. This project aims to tell the story of the town and its people between 1914 and 1919. It collects information from a variety of sources and will be updated as new material becomes available. Read more…
We all at Swaffham Museum hope to see you soon.
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