Sheringham Museum

Sheringham Museum Sheringham Museum is an inspirational place of seaside, boats and social history. This page will be used to keep you informed about new and ever-changing events and exhibitions throughout the year.
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All things to do with the History of Sheringham and the town's museum

Lovely photo. Worth sharing.
30/05/2020

Lovely photo. Worth sharing.

I love this photo in Bushey Museum's collection. Someone brought in a copy a number of years ago but I'm not sure we have much information. All I have at home is that it shows 3 policemen, 2 working undercover, from about 1900. Does anyone know more?

27/05/2020
Thanks to Cromer Museum
21/05/2020

Thanks to Cromer Museum

Today something of an animal theme. A view outside the Robin Hood Pub in Sheringham from 1910 - it's still there today. A glass plate negative of the Dent children in goat carriage, by Olive Edis c August 1914; some mules & carriage on Cromer beach; fisherman & goose; early engraving of Cromer. #norfolkmuseumscollections

You will now have to wait until 2021 to view Sheringham Museum’s “Oh! I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside”. A wander thro...
04/05/2020

You will now have to wait until 2021 to view Sheringham Museum’s “Oh! I Do Like To Be Beside The Seaside”. A wander through 100 years of Sheringham Beach Life. Here is a small taster - Pictures on Sheringham Beach during the Summer 1954, from one of the Tim Groves Family Albums. Obviously you will see that I am modelling the latest in Beach ware fashion!

I thought I would share these 4 pencil sketches that I commissioned Mick Bensley to draw a number of years ago. These re...
03/05/2020

I thought I would share these 4 pencil sketches that I commissioned Mick Bensley to draw a number of years ago. These recreate old views of Sheringham in the early 20th Century.

A later Watercolour by Mick of Peter Scotter’s Boat The Windsor Rose. She is on display in Sheringham Museum
02/05/2020

A later Watercolour by Mick of Peter Scotter’s Boat The Windsor Rose. She is on display in Sheringham Museum

Thank you for comments and sharing the black and white prints of boats and fishermen by Mick Bensley. We are trying to b...
02/05/2020

Thank you for comments and sharing the black and white prints of boats and fishermen by Mick Bensley. We are trying to build up a digital archive of these images so if you can share a clear photo we will, with your permission, add to the Museum’s Digital Archive. Thank you.
Here is a lovely drawing of Emery’s boat building on Lifeboat Plain.

In his early career, Mick Bensley, one of Sheringham’s most well known artists, created a series of Black & White drawin...
01/05/2020

In his early career, Mick Bensley, one of Sheringham’s most well known artists, created a series of Black & White drawings that he printed in a limited edition of 100. Here are 4.

Lifeboats going out in heavy seas, the rescuing of crew from stricken ships and portraits of rugged Salts, featured in i...
30/04/2020

Lifeboats going out in heavy seas, the rescuing of crew from stricken ships and portraits of rugged Salts, featured in illustrations for advertising. Here are 4 examples from my collection of some used in such magazines as the Illustrated London News & Graphic.

I have been spending the lockdown catching up on family history research. Didn’t know if this site and thought I would s...
29/04/2020
Find A Grave - Millions of Cemetery Records

I have been spending the lockdown catching up on family history research. Didn’t know if this site and thought I would share it. Hope it is useful!
https://www.findagrave.com

Find a Grave is a free resource for finding the final resting places of famous folks, friends and family members. With millions of names, it is an invaluable tool for genealogist and history buffs.

Tune in to our own Colin Seal’s Art Class. 1st one this Friday at 5pm. Hi Tim, the video will be uploaded to Facebook an...
29/04/2020

Tune in to our own Colin Seal’s Art Class. 1st one this Friday at 5pm. Hi Tim, the video will be uploaded to Facebook and Youtube on Friday at 5pm. You can find it on my page when it's live here: https://www.facebook.com/paintwithcolin/

Paint with Colin will be an educational video series aimed at getting people to have a go at art. The first pilot episode will premiere this Friday 1st May at 5pm. I look forward to your comments and suggestions as I aim to make each episode better than the last!

Our Exhibition “”Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside “ will now take place in 2021. This gives us time to track down ...
28/04/2020

Our Exhibition “”Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside “ will now take place in 2021. This gives us time to track down Sheringham Carnival Queens their dresses and ephemera. Please get in touch in Tim Groves. Carnival Queens Then & Now.

Can anyone help in identifying location ?Model of car?The photograph states “In front of Berrington, Sheringham”.  Mrs L...
25/04/2020

Can anyone help in identifying location ?
Model of car?
The photograph states “In front of Berrington, Sheringham”. Mrs Lambert is the lady sitting in the front passenger seat. Early 1900s
Nigel Pegg Clive Hedges Lesley Lougher Jane Crossen Lisa Little

Sheringham Museum has acquired the famous Michael Harvey Collection of Gansey knitting, patterns and other related knitt...
18/04/2020

Sheringham Museum has acquired the famous Michael Harvey Collection of Gansey knitting, patterns and other related knitting history. This is one of the examples that will appear in the Museum’s “New Acquisitions Exhibition” to be on view in our Top Deck Gallery after Lockdown ! STAY SAFE - WATCH THIS SITE !

Nice watercolour study of the bottom of Beach Road Sheringham. Artist S. Barwell 1910. The Dugout on right can be seen. ...
15/04/2020

Nice watercolour study of the bottom of Beach Road Sheringham. Artist S. Barwell 1910. The Dugout on right can be seen. Now the Submarine Cafe. Courtesy of Norfolk Museums Service.

CAN YOU HELP?I am preparing this Summer’s Exhibition. “Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside”What games did you play on...
11/04/2020

CAN YOU HELP?
I am preparing this Summer’s Exhibition.
“Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside”
What games did you play on the beach?
What was your favourite activity for on the beach?
If you have photos you can share that will also be great!
THANK YOU !

The Museum collection holds a number of Mick Bensley paintings, drawings and prints. The men who worked these boats are ...
09/04/2020

The Museum collection holds a number of Mick Bensley paintings, drawings and prints. The men who worked these boats are recorded as saying “No one captures the lines of the boat like Mick!”
Here is one example completed 42 years ago in 1978.

Would love to hear from anyone with information or who worked there. Thank you. Please write your memories. Thank you
06/04/2020

Would love to hear from anyone with information or who worked there. Thank you. Please write your memories. Thank you

Fishermen took people for boat trips. Does anyone remover this and let us know which fishermen , where they went and how...
06/04/2020

Fishermen took people for boat trips. Does anyone remover this and let us know which fishermen , where they went and how much they charged. ?
Thanks.

Sheringham Golf Links 1906. Three photographs published in Country Life.
31/03/2020

Sheringham Golf Links 1906. Three photographs published in Country Life.

These maps 1885 & 1905 help when considering the development of Sheringham following the coming of the railway. 6 inch t...
22/03/2020

These maps 1885 & 1905 help when considering the development of Sheringham following the coming of the railway. 6 inch to 1 mile. I love maps!

Pre WW2 Sheringham Golf Club  This is one of a series of different golf clubs published in The Bystander Magazine. Some ...
22/03/2020

Pre WW2 Sheringham Golf Club This is one of a series of different golf clubs published in The Bystander Magazine. Some interesting a well known characters here!

It looks likely that the 75th Anniversary of VE/VJ Day will be postponed on 8 May. Hopefully it will be possible for the...
19/03/2020

It looks likely that the 75th Anniversary of VE/VJ Day will be postponed on 8 May. Hopefully it will be possible for the Nation to celebrate later in the year. As many of you will know we are preparing a Book about Sheringham during WW2. This will be an accompanying volume to WW1 published in 2018. There will be many illustrations in this new book taken from the Museum Archive It is hoped that a small exhibition will accompany the Book Launch. Tim

During the winter months Lisa and volunteers have been working hard to refresh some of our displays. I am sure when we a...
19/03/2020

During the winter months Lisa and volunteers have been working hard to refresh some of our displays. I am sure when we are able to re-open you will enjoy fresh elements. I have taken a few pictures to wet your appetite !
Refresh of the fishermen cabinet: Willie Long; Gansey Knitting etc. Enjoy!

We are so disappointed not to open this coming Saturday, the beginning of the season! So much hard work has been going o...
18/03/2020

We are so disappointed not to open this coming Saturday, the beginning of the season! So much hard work has been going on behind the scenes to get new displays ready and in archiving new items into the Collection. New items include the remarkable collection of Knitting Sheaths that Sheringham Museum have acquired from the Michael Harvey Collection. One of the finest collections in the UK.
Colin Seal has created a remarkable backdrop to our recreation of Beeston Hill Y Station Lisa has added Information about Samuel Morse and his Code. When the Museum reopens you will be able to use our Morse Keys to try sending your own message.

17/03/2020

Following Government guidelines and in view that the majority of our volunteers are over 70, the Directors have no option than to close the Museum for the forseeable future. I will be keeping the FB Page running and look forward to your many comments.

Sheringham Museum is one of the best!!
14/03/2020

Sheringham Museum is one of the best!!

Does anyone have further information or memories about this please? I came across this the other day from a Sport Exhibi...
13/03/2020

Does anyone have further information or memories about this please? I came across this the other day from a Sport Exhibition the Museum put on over 20 years ago! Thank you. Tim

Over 20 years ago we mounted an exhibition in the Cottages on different aspects of spirt in Sheringham. I came across th...
12/03/2020

Over 20 years ago we mounted an exhibition in the Cottages on different aspects of spirt in Sheringham. I came across the section we put together on the early years of Sheringham Minors
Tim.

Museum Artist in Residence Colin Seal and Museum Trustee Kenny Holloway are busy creating an interpretation of the ‘Y’ S...
12/03/2020

Museum Artist in Residence Colin Seal and Museum Trustee Kenny Holloway are busy creating an interpretation of the ‘Y’ Station that stood on Beeston Hill during WW2. This was the secret listening post that forwarded intercepted transmissions to the main Code Breaking centre at Bletchley Park Authentic radios on display - learn Morse code and have a go sending a message.

07/03/2020
RNLI

4 original RNLI Lifeboats all from Sheringham dating back over 100 years. On show at Sheringham Museum. Happy Birthday RNLI

Happy Birthday to us 🎂 196 years ago today our inaugural meeting took place in the London Tavern and Sir William Hillary's dream became a reality. Today we reflect on the past and give thanks to our amazing supporters and dedicated volunteers who continue to save lives at sea.

Sheringham Museum are both proud and delighted to announce that Sheringham Town Council have entrusted to their safe kee...
05/03/2020

Sheringham Museum are both proud and delighted to announce that Sheringham Town Council have entrusted to their safe keeping two important Fund Raising plaques from World War 2 (1939-45)
Further detail of plaques and the Fund Raising Campaigns they represent.
1.
RAF Wings for Victory Week 1943
8-13 March.
Approximately 60 x 35cm. Made in a type of early ivory coloured plastic/bakelite (urea formaldehyde) by 'De La Rue Plastics'. Has the 'carving' of a winged man with sword in hand about to slay a triple headed serpent. The R.A.F. motto 'Per Ardua Ad Astra' (Through adversity to the stars) is along the top edge and at the bottom text reads ' War Savings Campaign 1943 - Presented By The Air Ministry In Recognition Of Successful Achievement In Wings For Victory Week'. Beneath that are some pilot's wings.
Once local councils had reached certain savings targets these plaques were presented and displayed in the Town Hall.
2.
Salute The Soldier Week. 25 March to 1 April 1944

Savings groups were organised in each local community throughout the country. On the one hand the War Savings Campaign encouraged thrift at an individual level and on the other hand brought together the community by fund raising for large-scale campaigns such as the 'Spitfire Fund' (1940), 'War Weapons Week' (1941), 'Warship Weeks' (1941 / 1942), 'Wings For Victory Week' (1943) and 'Salute the Soldier Week' (1944).

The pattern of these campaign weeks involved a community being set a large monetary target. Ostensibly, the idea was to save a sufficient amount of money to support the airman, sailor or soldier have the means to win the war. During the campaign week, the organising committee arranged events in support of the campaign, which might include meetings about the war, speeches by decorated war heroes and visits by Government ministers or royalty. Generally speaking, each community met or surpassed its target by a combination of individual saving groups, insurance companies and local banks or other financial institutions.

The campaign week was also supported by the local newspaper for each community. Overall, these campaigns tended to bring together the local community and the service man or woman. Everyone was united in their intention of winning the war.

Some weeks or months after the campaign week, each community received a commemorative plaque similar to the one for 'Salute the Soldier Week' seen in the photograph above. The commemorative plaques for the other campaigns, such as 'Warship Week' or Wings For Victory Week', are of a similar design. Usually they were placed in place of honour, such as at the Town Hall or local museum.

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Sheringham, on the beautiful North Norfolk coast, has a history that stretches back over a thousand years. The Museum tells the story of the town and its proud, brave, independent people over the last two centuries, told through beautiful displays packed with interesting things to see, hear and do.

Step inside stunning galleries and walk amongst Sheringham's extraordinary historic fleet of lifeboats and fishing boats. Our collection includes a rich variety of photographs, social history items, agricultural and fishing artefacts as well as our spectacular fleet of boats. It's well worth a visit!

The Museum organises well over 20 public events over the year, with a major 3-month exhibition each summer and events to support Sheringham's many cultural initiatives.

You can also follow us on Twitter @TheMoSheringham https://twitter.com/TheMoSheringham

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My memory fails me on many faces, back row left to right, not known, not known, not known, Dawn Levey, Jimmy James (headmaster), not known, Fay Lusher, Pat Ayres, Jackie Morris. Front row, left to right, Craske, not known, not known, Douglas Munroe, Ian Sweet, George Woodhouse, Anthony Batrick, not known. Must be approx 60yrs old that the Sheringham Primary school had a Morris dancing group, the teacher involved was a Miss Servanty
NEW PUBLIC ANNOUNCENT Im pleased to announce and confirm that Chat Coffee Mornings are back to stay. As of this coming Monday 17th of February. Held at the The Venue on Kerridge Way adjacent to Budgens Foodstore. See you then! 😁 Please help by sharing this post to help reach out to those who may need us and benefit from us thankyou best wishes ceridwen chat admin.
In 1931, Tom Purvis designed six posters for the London North Eastern Railway - each depicting “East Coast Joys”, reachable by train. But what’s *really* delightful is something that many people don’t realise: each joined the next, forming this six-piece seaside vista. https://twitter.com/MrTimDunn/status/1154292011505201157/photo/1
Since opening East beach coffee last year we've been wondering what life was like along the East prom in days gone by, so with the help of friends, Sheringham museum and the family photo album we've had 2 information boards made up showing the life along the East Promenade from the the early 1900's to the present day. We hope you enjoy when you passing. #eastbeachcoffee #sheringham #eastpromenade #waffles #crepes #sheringhammuseum
The Bury and Norwich Post. Wednesday 14th December 1831. The Sherringham fishermen have just begun herring fishing at Boston, The catch at present has been excellent,- quite equal to last year; and promises a set off for their bad success at home.
Norwich Mercury. Saturday 9th August 1879 Sheringham. Boat Race:- On Tuesday last a challenge was received at this place from Mr Stimpson owner of the “Frederick Queensland” to sail a Cromer boat against one from Sherringham for 30 shillings a side. The challenge was accepted, and promptly a boat was launched, and dispatched for Cromer. Everything being arranged the race began, the result being that the “Frederick Queensland” had to lower her colours to the Sherringham boat owned by Messrs, L. West, and R. Johnson. It may be added that the challenge was quite unexpected, as the Sherringham Regatta took place on the day previous, and was open to all comers. The moral of the story is:- Don’t challenge a Shannock
Fantastic film and photos of lifeboat rescues in WW1 including a mention of Cromer! RNLI tweet During the #FirstWorldWar, lifeboats launched 1,808 times and saved 5,332 lives. On the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, we look back at some of those heroic rescues and remember those who were lost #LestWeForget
Copy tweet Lots and lots of pictures coming in from @norfolklibs branches today - first up are some pictures from #NorthWalsham - do pop in to the library and see the wonderful poppies people made for us and also the great range of books we have! #LestWeForget #WeWillRememberThem https://twitter.com/norfolkinww1/status/1060169663831830529/photo/1
Norfolk churches very highly regarded! https://www.explorechurches.org/five-star-churches-2018
Today is the start of Libraries Week. I didn’t know anything about camp libraries in ww1! https://bradfordlocalstudies.wordpress.com/2015/09/01/camps-libraries-in-ww1/