Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History The museum is housed in Fakenham’s former gasworks; of National importance, a Scheduled Monument and the only complete town gasworks in the country.

The Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of gas from coal: retorts, condenser, purifiers, meter and gasholder. The museum is housed in the town’s former gasworks, which ceased production of gas from the heating of coal in 1965 following the discovery of Natural Gas in the North Sea. T

The Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of gas from coal: retorts, condenser, purifiers, meter and gasholder. The museum is housed in the town’s former gasworks, which ceased production of gas from the heating of coal in 1965 following the discovery of Natural Gas in the North Sea. T

Operating as usual

29/06/2021

LOOKING AHEAD 2021-22
Before we look ahead I would like to thank all of the Volunteers who kept faith with the museum through what was a very difficult year with the Pandemic restrictions and the delays in securing Phase 2 conservation works and progress towards a new lease.
There was also sadness at the sudden loss of Derek Jennings a real stalwart of the Maintenance Crew and worthy recipient of a SHARE Museums East Silver Owl to celebrate 25 years of Volunteering.
We also lost a driving force in bringing the museum to fruition with the death of Lord Robin Walpole a staunch supporter and long-time Trustee of the museum and who we hoped to appoint as our Patron of the newly formed Museum Trust.
So now it is time to look forward, starting with Phase 2 Conservation Work.
Phase 2 scope of work is drawn from a Major Authoritive Survey that was carried out in 2016 to inform the Trust and National Grid Property of what works are required to keep the Museum (formed on the Fakenham Town Gasworks) in top condition befitting of it`s status as a Scheduled Ancient Monument and being of Outstanding Evidential Value (OEV) just a reminder that it is the last remaining complete Town Gasworks in England and Wales, sister gasworks can be found at Bigger in Scotland and Carrickfergus in Northern Ireland.
Rather than getting bogged down with lots of information I think it better to outline the scope of work and then provide an update as the works progress, perhaps even dig the Brownie Box Camera out.
The scope of works addresses
i) General conservation of structures, buildings, processes and addresses the overall appearance of the site
ii) Specific conservation of the Gasholder but no the crown in this phase Gas Riser Pipework in Retort House
iii) Electrical system rewire and up-grade
iv) Smartening up the external finish to boundaries and buildings new signage.
Works programmed to start week commencing W/C 26/07/21 Target completion W/C 03/09/21
Updates to follow

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
16/07/2020

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

On a More Serious Note.Putting aside the need for a cosmetic makeover or is it an overhaul the museum is being prepared ...
16/07/2020

On a More Serious Note.
Putting aside the need for a cosmetic makeover or is it an overhaul the museum is being prepared for Phase 2 of our Conservation Programme which encompasses some significant work.
For example the Gasholder is over 130 years old and it is nearly 40 years since last treated to major work even with tightly controlled access to the gantry of the holder it still suffers from fatigue as can be seen from the attached photographs.
A non-invasive inspection of the Bell is programmed so we will be able to judge the extent of deterioration.
Hope to share that with you soon

It`s Been a While.I visited the museum this morning for the first time since Lockdown in March being shielded has taken ...
16/07/2020

It`s Been a While.
I visited the museum this morning for the first time since Lockdown in March being shielded has taken it`s toll on both of us the question is who needs a trim the most.
Being vain I think it is the museum grounds, it is quite incredible just how much the Grass and Weeds have grown.
We have quite a task ahead of us to be ready for opening 2021

We wanted to make a display to commemorate VE Day but the current crisis has made this difficult but Ann found a way to ...
07/05/2020

We wanted to make a display to commemorate VE Day but the current crisis has made this difficult but Ann found a way to brighten our showroom window and make the Museums support of all those who gave so much to make VE Day possible Thank You, to all who gave so much

09/02/2020

Going here in the morning with my fingers crossed hoping that we have escaped damage from the storm

As we near the end of our opening season we bring you our updated Webpage simply copy and paste the link  http://fakenha...
24/10/2019

As we near the end of our opening season we bring you our updated Webpage simply copy and paste the link http://fakenhamgasmuseum.com/ Looking splendid in our new coat of Limewash

PLEASE NOTE OUR OPENING TIMES FOR OCTOBER ARE THURSDAY MORNING 10:30 - 13:00. Hope to see you
30/09/2019

PLEASE NOTE OUR OPENING TIMES FOR OCTOBER ARE THURSDAY MORNING 10:30 - 13:00. Hope to see you

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
04/07/2019

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

The Museum is delighted to be part of the Fakenham Lancaster Heritage trail, an opportunity of joining other attractions and the heritage of Fakenham, opens on 11th July at 11:00 so find some time to visit the Museum and walk the trail see and learn about our heritage

The Museum is delighted to be part of the Fakenham Lancaster Heritage trail, an opportunity of joining other attractions...
04/07/2019

The Museum is delighted to be part of the Fakenham Lancaster Heritage trail, an opportunity of joining other attractions and the heritage of Fakenham, opens on 11th July at 11:00 so find some time to visit the Museum and walk the trail see and learn about our heritage

Summer is here and we are open to visitors come and see the Gasworks in its shiny new Paintwork2019 Opening TimesJune Th...
05/06/2019

Summer is here and we are open to visitors come and see the Gasworks in its shiny new Paintwork
2019 Opening Times
June Thursday between 10:30 and 13:00
July-September Thursday between 10:30 and 13:00
Friday between 10:30 and 13:00
October Thursday between 10:30 and 13:00
Friday may be included dependant on weather
Group Visits Can be arranged outside of these hours please email enquiry to [email protected] or 7909890484
We look forward to seeing you at the last remaining complete Town Gasworks in England and Wales A National Treasure

Thursday 16th May 19:00-21:30Museums at Night FestivalCome and see our Gaslamp being Lit and Hear "The Lamplighter and y...
13/05/2019

Thursday 16th May 19:00-21:30Museums at Night Festival
Come and see our Gaslamp being Lit and Hear "The Lamplighter and yes The Fakenham Euks will be there

Well after quite some time and a great deal of work and effort getting the museum back to some form of organisation we a...
29/04/2019

Well after quite some time and a great deal of work and effort getting the museum back to some form of organisation we are nearly ready to reopen [email protected] Festival is our target date Come and Join Us Thursday 16th May
More to follow regarding the Conservation work carried out

Although the museum is closed for extensive conservation there is an opportunity tomorrow afternoon to see it on CBBCIt’...
26/02/2019

Although the museum is closed for extensive conservation there is an opportunity tomorrow afternoon to see it on CBBC
It’s with great delight we can let you know that your episode of ALL OVER THE PLACE: UK is scheduled to be broadcast on the CBBC channel at 1630 on Wednesday 27th February.
We are all extremely proud of this series and hope you enjoy watching it as much as we did making it!

Thank you so much for your help in the making of this programme - we really can’t make television like this without the help of all of our amazing contributors.

The show will remain on the CBBC I-player for a short while, in case you miss the live broadcast, and please feel free to share it with your friends and family on social media.

Our wall is complete and under a Hessian Blanket for the next three weeks so something to look forward to, the other new...
14/02/2019

Our wall is complete and under a Hessian Blanket for the next three weeks so something to look forward to, the other news whilst it sounds like Bad-News is in fact the Best-News possible.
The museum will be closed from 18th February 2019 with a projected Re-opening for The Museum at Night Festival in May
The reason for the closure is to allow quite extensive Conservation work to be carried out across the whole museum buildings and to have a general facelift.
The project has been planned to ensure a minimum of intrusive work to the buildings (It is A Scheduled Monument) so this is a very key element of the conservation.
Watch This Space for updates

WE are nearing completion of the first phase of an extensive conservation programme to our boundary and buildings.It has...
05/02/2019

WE are nearing completion of the first phase of an extensive conservation programme to our boundary and buildings.
It has been fascinating to watch skilled craftsmen display construction techniques from a bygone era, as far as is possible the original bricks and flint cobbles have been retained and reused, this required that the wall was dismantled and rebuilt using the materials recovered.
Attached are some photographs showing progress, as a section is completed it is covered in Hessian Sacking to aid the Lime-Mortar to cure

It was such a nice morning yesterday that we undertook an inspection of the Gasholder Crown it is in need of a little TL...
07/11/2018

It was such a nice morning yesterday that we undertook an inspection of the Gasholder Crown it is in need of a little TLC and I thought yu might like the view from the top

LAST CHANCE.Another year has slipped by and all too soon we are putting the museum to bed for winter until Spring 2019, ...
23/10/2018

LAST CHANCE.
Another year has slipped by and all too soon we are putting the museum to bed for winter until Spring 2019, but there is one last chance to come and see this unique bit of our Industrial Heritage, we will be open for the last time this year on Thursday 25th October 18 between 10:00 am and 12:30

2017-18 AGMA reminder to all our members that the AGM of the Fakenham Town Gasworks Museum Trust will take place in the ...
15/10/2018

2017-18 AGM
A reminder to all our members that the AGM of the Fakenham Town Gasworks Museum Trust will take place in the Meeting Room at the museum on Friday 19th October at 2:00pm
Don`t miss your opportunity to have your say

“Summer is behind us and Autumn is moving towards Winter so it is time to start wrapping up the old girl to preserve her...
27/09/2018

“Summer is behind us and Autumn is moving towards Winter so it is time to start wrapping up the old girl to preserve her for 2019.
We will only be open Friday mornings between 10:00 and 12:30 during October and will review November if the weather remains good
We will however be very happy to welcome Group Visits of upto 25 Visitors by arrangement so please contact me via email to arrange
Thank you to all who supported us during 2018
Best wishes
Harry

Don't forget you can see more of the Gasworks tomorrow evening at 9pm Channel 5 "How the Victorians Built Britain
14/09/2018

Don't forget you can see more of the Gasworks tomorrow evening at 9pm Channel 5 "How the Victorians Built Britain

Saturday 15-09-18 at 9:00pm on Channel 5 How the Victorians Built Britain and a chance to see inside the gates of Fakenh...
12/09/2018

Saturday 15-09-18 at 9:00pm on Channel 5 How the Victorians Built Britain and a chance to see inside the gates of Fakenham Museum Of Gas another chapter in a brilliant series

PLEASE NOTEThe museum WILL NOT BE OPEN on Bank Holiday Monday, our hard working Stewards are enjoying a rare Bank Holida...
24/08/2018

PLEASE NOTE
The museum WILL NOT BE OPEN on Bank Holiday Monday, our hard working Stewards are enjoying a rare Bank Holiday Off

I think our future and the future of museums is in good hands, it was a joy to welcome you and your mentors to fakenham ...
16/06/2018
Norfolk Museums Service

I think our future and the future of museums is in good hands, it was a joy to welcome you and your mentors to fakenham museum of gas and local history, good luck in your future careers. Harry

Keep up-to-date with the latest from this year's cohort of Teaching Museum Trainees on their blog - always an interesting read!

Well it`s finally here, all the planning all the preparation and today is the day that we celebrate The Museums at Night...
17/05/2018

Well it`s finally here, all the planning all the preparation and today is the day that we celebrate The Museums at Night Festival there will be cakes made from a Mr Therm recipe and cooked in house by Volunteers and soft drinks. The Fakenham Ukes; Ukulele Band and of course the main event Lighting the Gaslamp with a recital of The Lamplighter read by the Mayor.
We look forward to seeing you at the museum

It`s nearly time for O`leery to light our Gaslamp and celebrate The Museums at Night Festival with Culture 24 Lates, a r...
14/05/2018

It`s nearly time for O`leery to light our Gaslamp and celebrate The Museums at Night Festival with Culture 24 Lates, a rare opportunity to see Gaslight

Spring is approaching and we are getting the museum ready for the new opening season, our first date for opening is Thur...
05/04/2018

Spring is approaching and we are getting the museum ready for the new opening season, our first date for opening is Thursday 17ty May for the [email protected] Festival we will be open from 10:00-12:30 then from 19:00-21:30 when we shall be lighting our Gaslamp and there will be a recital of The Lamplighter. This is a very atmospheric event and you will be very welcome.
We will be open for the Spring Bank Holiday Monday 10:00-12:30.
Our full opening programe is being drawn up so please look for the details on our website and of course page

While we are closed perhaps you would like to see how the Gasworks developed over the years when it was producing Towns ...
22/12/2017

While we are closed perhaps you would like to see how the Gasworks developed over the years when it was producing Towns Gas or Coal Gas as it was also known for the good folk of Fakenham
Seasons Greetings and hope to see you in 2018

Due to the snow conditions forecast for overnight and tomorrow morning on Health and Safety grounds the museum will not ...
29/11/2017

Due to the snow conditions forecast for overnight and tomorrow morning on Health and Safety grounds the museum will not be open tomorrow.
The museum will now remain closed over winter and reopen in March 2018
We would like to take this opportunity of thanking all our users for their support during 2017 and look forward to greeting our non-users to the museum in 2018
All that remains is to wish you all; Seasons Greetings and a happy and prosperous New Year

23-11-17Sadly we have to advise that the museum will not be open this Thursday Morning.30-11-17Will be the final opening...
22/11/2017

23-11-17
Sadly we have to advise that the museum will not be open this Thursday Morning.
30-11-17
Will be the final opening day for 2017 the museum will open again in March 2018

JUST A REMINDER THAT WE WILL ONLY BE OPEN ON THURSDAY MORNINGS BETWEEN 10:00 AND 12:20 UNTIL THE END OF NOVEMBER.
07/11/2017

JUST A REMINDER THAT WE WILL ONLY BE OPEN ON THURSDAY MORNINGS BETWEEN 10:00 AND 12:20 UNTIL THE END OF NOVEMBER.

ANOTHER SEASON HAS COME TO AN ENDSadly another season has drawn to a close and we will only be open to Visitors on Thurs...
02/10/2017

ANOTHER SEASON HAS COME TO AN END
Sadly another season has drawn to a close and we will only be open to Visitors on Thursday morning between 10:00 and 12:30 during October.
However we can accommodate Group Visits by pre-arrangement to find out more details go to [email protected]
In the meantime I will turn the gaslamp on to spread a little light during the long nights ahead.
Thank you to everyone who supported the museum during the Summer season.
Harry

GOOD NEWS BAD NEWSThe bad news is you cant view this little gem in the flesh until Next Thursday, the Good News is throu...
24/08/2017

GOOD NEWS BAD NEWS
The bad news is you cant view this little gem in the flesh until Next Thursday, the Good News is throughout September you can view it every Thursday between 10:00 and 15:00 some come along and have a look until then you will have to make do with the photo

Rummaging through some old files at the museum I came across this in my predecessors files. It was only a simple piece o...
28/07/2017

Rummaging through some old files at the museum I came across this in my predecessors files. It was only a simple piece of Coal or was it so simple. I leave that to you to decide

We will soon be opening on Thursday Afternoon!!!!! From Thursday 22nd June we will be open from 10am to 3pm until then I...
12/06/2017

We will soon be opening on Thursday Afternoon!!!!! From Thursday 22nd June we will be open from 10am to 3pm until then I am afraid it will only be open on Thursdays 10am till 12:30pm. Come and pay us a visit

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Hempton Road
Fakenham
NR21 7LA

Opening Hours

Thursday 10am - 12:30pm
Friday 10am - 12:30pm

Telephone

07470341402

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Visited Biggar gasworks museum yesterday. Great little place!!
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