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Norfolk Broads museum, Stalham

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS A regular focus on an item from the Broads Collection - this week The VelocetteOne of the more...
18/06/2020

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

A regular focus on an item from the Broads Collection - this week The Velocette

One of the more recent additions to the collection - the Velocette Model LE was made by the Birmingham company of Veloce Ltd around the 1950s. This motorbike, for the techies - 149cc water cooled, flat twin with side valves, was popular among police forces including those in Norfolk.

This example was used by the police stationed in Wroxham for patrolling The Broads area. It was nicknamed the ‘Noddy Bike’ because officers had to nod and not salute (as was required) as to take one hand off the the handlebars would be dangerous!

Come and see our wonderful Velocette for yourself and learn more about policing on The Broads through the years.

Great News!The Museum has been successful in an application to the Arts Council of England for financial help during the...
16/06/2020

Great News!

The Museum has been successful in an application to the Arts Council of England for financial help during the Coronavirus crisis.

It will provide greatly needed help towards on-going core costs but also enable us to start work on a 'virtual museum' using 20 objects from the Broads Collection.

In addition, it will enable a dedicated 'Volunteer Website' helping to improve the contact and communication with all our wonderful volunteers -

Thank you so much Arts Council!

https://www.museumofthebroads.org.uk/thank-you-to-arts-council-england/

14/06/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I? - THE ANSWER

It is East Somerton church. Well done if you got it right. Stay safe all and we are back next week.

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?This week we are popping along to an old church. A beautiful quiet spot. As a child I passed...
13/06/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?

This week we are popping along to an old church. A beautiful quiet spot. As a child I passed here on a bus from the boat to somewhere exciting for a swim! Where is it? Let us have your thoughts in the comments box below and many thanks to our Curator for the photo. Answer on Sunday! Stay safe all.

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGSToday we are discovering another one of those Norfolk characters we all love.'Billy Bluelight',...
11/06/2020

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS

Today we are discovering another one of those Norfolk characters we all love.

'Billy Bluelight', real name William Cullum, was born in Norwich around 1859 into a poor family, and growing up tried to make a little money selling cough medicine, firewood and blackberries. He was often seen outside the Colman’s factory selling his wares.

Billy was also a strictly tee-total and it’s thought that his Bluelight name may have come from the Victorian word for someone who didn’t drink.

In the early 1900s he devised another way to make a little cash - clad in shorts and a singlet he would race (on foot) steam pleasure boats between Norwich and the Woods End at Bramerton. The passengers greatly enjoyed this activity and would throw spare change to him on arrival in Norwich.

“My name is Billy Bluelight, my age is 45, I hope to get to Carrow Road before the boat arrives” was a little ditty he wrote.

To his memory, his statue can be seen at Bramerton near Norwich (currently sporting a mask) and a bench with his name is at Riverside in the city. The statue outside The Waters Edge at Bramerton wind up audio track telling his story.

Wouldn’t it be great to recreate the race!

A few years ago the Crude Apache Theatre Company performed a play on Billy Bluelight telling his story. Karl Minns of the Nimmo Twins fame played Billy.

Learn more about this delightful character at the museum when we reopen.

09/06/2020
Beer Bottles and Medicines

Today, curator Nicola Hems looks at the Museum's fascinating collection of bottles.

Hopefully you will be able to visit again soon and see them for yourself!

PEOPLE,PLACES AND THINGS later in the week- don't miss this one!

https://youtu.be/JjMHpQu6UZk

The Broads has a history of brewing. Barley was grown locally and the water abundant. Coltishall was the centre for malting and brewing, but it was the big f...

07/06/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I? - THE ANSWER

It’s the beautiful North Walsham and Dilham Canal - the lower end.

Have a great week all and please stay safe!

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?A beautiful trip taken a couple of weeks ago in this weeks photo with great company - fab wa...
06/06/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?

A beautiful trip taken a couple of weeks ago in this weeks photo with great company - fab way of social distancing but where is it? I originally did this trip in the 1970s with my parents in the dinghy - still similar. Let us have your thoughts in the comments box below and answer Sunday. What’s more the App on my phone is now working so interaction this weekend will be easier. Don’t forget to share any memories of this area. Stay safe all👍🛶

PEOPLE,PLACES AND THINGS -Just a peaceful scene this week, a photograph from the Broads Collection.Believed to be just d...
02/06/2020

PEOPLE,PLACES AND THINGS -

Just a peaceful scene this week, a photograph from the Broads Collection.

Believed to be just downstream of Ludham Bridge - the windpump is no longer there sadly but the exact position is easy to spot even today.

And by the appearance of the yachts, probably the 1950s? But very happy to receive your ideas and comments. Can anyone identify the boats?

31/05/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I - THE ANSWER.

It is Trowse Mill just outside Norwich and you can see the back of it as you come into Norwich by train.

Stay safe this week folks and see you again next Saturday.

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?Apologies for the absence last week - I did a post but for some reason there are issues with...
30/05/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?

Apologies for the absence last week - I did a post but for some reason there are issues with the Facebook and Pages app which have meant I couldn't even get in and it ate my post.

Hopefully this one will work - this week its a mill but where is it? I have memories as a child swimming near here in the lovely cold water. Nearby is also good for catching little fish with a net.

Let us have your thoughts in the comments box below and the answer will be here on Sunday.

Stay safe all.

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS -today we focus on a place : St Benets AbbeySuch an iconic site and perhaps the most photograp...
28/05/2020

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS -

today we focus on a place : St Benets Abbey

Such an iconic site and perhaps the most photographed in all of Broadland.

There is so much to tell, we can only give you a snippet; you will need to come to the museum when we reopen to find out more. But here are some facts (and a 'legend'!)

A Benedictine monastery - earliest record before the Norman Conquest

Founded by King Cnut (Canute)

In 1066 the Abbey was attacked by William the Conqueror who bribed a monk to open the great gate. He was hanged in the gatehouse for his traiterous actions and it is said his ghost walks on the night of May 25th at midnight.

It is still an 'Abbey' as it was one of the few that was never dissolved by King Henry V111

It is truly an incredible history and we urge you to visit the museum to discover more, before visiting the actual site and experience the peace and tranquillity that exists there.

WEEKEND TEASERS - will resume next weekin the meantime PEOPLE,PLACES AND THINGS will be coming shortly along with a furt...
26/05/2020

WEEKEND TEASERS - will resume next week

in the meantime PEOPLE,PLACES AND THINGS will be coming shortly along with a further video from curator, Nicola Hems

A peaceful scene at the museum this weekend - newly hatched cygnets with mum

PEOPLE,PLACES AND THINGSThis week we take a look at a real Norfolk character - Sidney Grapes.Born in Potter Heigham in 1...
19/05/2020

PEOPLE,PLACES AND THINGS

This week we take a look at a real Norfolk character - Sidney Grapes.

Born in Potter Heigham in 1888, he ran the village garage with his wife Ella.

In his spare time he was a 'rustic comedian', entertaining local villages far and wide and became well known through his regular 'Boy John' letters in the Eastern Daily Press.

One of his party pieces was to dress up as 'Aunt Agatha' who regularly provided all with her 'lines of wisdom such as:

'...Thas no good a putting yah foot down if you hent got a leg to stand on.'

' wimmen love the simple things in life - like men.'

Learn more about this wonderfully colourful character much loved throughout Broadland at the museum when we reopen.

17/05/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - THE ANSWER

It is indeed Malthouse also known as Ranworth Broad. Fingers crossed we can all visit soon! Thanks for taking part - stay safe and we will be here next week folks!

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?This week we have gone for a bit of leg! This place is one of my absolute favourites. So pea...
16/05/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?

This week we have gone for a bit of leg! This place is one of my absolute favourites. So peaceful, fond memories with the dinghy and nearby wild blackberry picking which used to turn the dinghy purple. In those times there was always the shop for a quick ice cream!

Where is it - this photo was taken last year! Let us have your thoughts in the comments box below. Answer on Sunday. #wishyouwereherememories

Finally if you would like to support in these strange times here’s the link to our just giving page

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/motbcovid19

Thank you and stay safe and healthy! 👍

Museum Broads
12/05/2020

Museum Broads

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS.........

This week’s chosen THING is a ‘transom’!

For the uninitiated a transom is the flat piece of wood that forms the very back of the hull of a boat and is usually where the name of the boat is written.

The first photo is the transom of a boat that was one of the very earliest donations to the Broads Collection. You can make out the name ‘Dianne’ - but formerly it was called ‘Dandy 11’. It was one of a class of hire motor cruisers offered by the Cambridge firm of H.C.Banham. They also had a boatyard in Horning in the 1930s to probably the early 60s.

In the second photo, you can just make out ‘Dianne’ in the centre ( with the green top) in storage at a boatyard at Ludham waiting to be transported to the museum (about 1992), at that time at Potter Heigham.

And in the third, 'Dandy 11' in her glory days as a hire boat complete with the Blakes badge (Blakes and Hoseasons were the two main hire agencies on The Broads)

Lear more about the history of this boat, of Blakes and Hoseasons and of the development of the holiday industry at our special 2020 exhibition - ‘Wish You Were Here ‘ when we re-open.

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS.........This week’s chosen THING is a ‘transom’! For the uninitiated a transom is the flat pie...
12/05/2020

PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS.........

This week’s chosen THING is a ‘transom’!

For the uninitiated a transom is the flat piece of wood that forms the very back of the hull of a boat and is usually where the name of the boat is written.

The first photo is the transom of a boat that was one of the very earliest donations to the Broads Collection. You can make out the name ‘Dianne’ - but formerly it was called ‘Dandy 11’. It was one of a class of hire motor cruisers offered by the Cambridge firm of H.C.Banham. They also had a boatyard in Horning in the 1930s to probably the early 60s.

In the second photo, you can just make out ‘Dianne’ in the centre ( with the green top) in storage at a boatyard at Ludham waiting to be transported to the museum (about 1992), at that time at Potter Heigham.

And in the third, 'Dandy 11' in her glory days as a hire boat complete with the Blakes badge (Blakes and Hoseasons were the two main hire agencies on The Broads)

Lear more about the history of this boat, of Blakes and Hoseasons and of the development of the holiday industry at our special 2020 exhibition - ‘Wish You Were Here ‘ when we re-open.

10/05/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - THE ANSWER

A number of you got this right yes it’s Beccles Yacht Station featuring their new quay heading.

The boat was designed and built at Ripplecraft in Somerleyton- a yard owned by Sir Christopher Cockerlll of the Hovercraft fame.

I love seeing this boat - such a classic design - there are only 2 I believe still afloat on the Broads. I have seen one out the water where it’s been for many years in my travels. Long may they keep cruising!

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?I hope you have all had a safe and good week. Today we feature a traditional Broads cruiser ...
09/05/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?

I hope you have all had a safe and good week. Today we feature a traditional Broads cruiser - give yourself a pat in the back if you know where it was built.

The location is a personal favourite of mine & have spent many days there having fun as there is lots to do. Where is it? Let us have your thoughts in the comments box below.

Answer on Sunday - stay safe all.

Today is...….VE -  Peace in Europe Day when hostilities ceased across Europe.At the museum we chronicle the effect of WW...
08/05/2020

Today is...….

VE - Peace in Europe Day when hostilities ceased across Europe.

At the museum we chronicle the effect of WW11 on the Broads. Here is a glimpse of that period.

'The Martham Bomb' - an air raid on Somerton Road, Martham on September 6, 1940 tragically killed a 12 year old girl. One bomb did not explode and despite efforts to find it, it is probably still lying beneath the road! (Photo of attempts to locate it!)

Following engine failure, a MKVb Spitfire, no. AD377 of 19 Squadron based at Ludham Airfield, crashed into Hickling Broad, the pilot having bailed out.

Our own 'Airborne Lifeboat' at the museum. These amazing little craft, built strongly enough to allow for Lancaster bombers to drop them into the sea in order to rescue stricken pilots and air crew.

Learn more about 'The Broads at Wartime' when we re-open, hopefully in the next few weeks or months.Watch for news!

07/05/2020

Tomorrow is VE Day - Victory in Europe Day which saw peace restored in war torn Europe 75 years ago.

We will be posting some special items from the collection to commemorate this special day.

07/05/2020
Beer Bottles and Medicines

OUR LATEST VIDEO!

Curator Nicola Hems looking at some of our fascinating bottle collection featuring some famous Norfolk brewers such as Bullards and Steward and Patterson.

And more of these videos are available on our new You Tube channel. Here is the link to the 'Bottle' video:

https://youtu.be/JjMHpQu6UZk

The Broads has a history of brewing. Barley was grown locally and the water abundant. Coltishall was the centre for malting and brewing, but it was the big f...

Further to our PEOPLE,PLACES AND THINGS  this week - subject: TOILETSThis great little book is available from the museum...
06/05/2020

Further to our PEOPLE,PLACES AND THINGS this week - subject: TOILETS

This great little book is available from the museum shop and makes fascinating reading!

And the writer (of this post!) is happy to say that his request for an example of a ‘thunderbox’ Broads boat toilet has been answered and will be refurbished and on display when we re-open!

Today is Tuesday, May 5th. - please join us in 'Just Giving' Global Giving Day!Here is the link to the museum's page for...
05/05/2020
GivingTuesdayNow

Today is Tuesday, May 5th. - please join us in 'Just Giving' Global Giving Day!

Here is the link to the museum's page for donating. Absolutely anything you can spare will help us get through these difficult times.

We are slowly building our reserves to enable us to re-open when the time comes with an even bigger and better experience for you to enjoy.

Here is the link :

https://givingtuesdaynow.justgiving.com/Charity?charityId=2957492

I’ve just made a donation on @JustGiving as part of #GivingTuesdayNow - the global day of giving. Check out the website and show a charity some love.

03/05/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I - THE ANSWER.

It is indeed the wonderfully restored Venetian Waterways in Great Yarmouth. Once things are relaxed and they are open they are well worth a visit. Originally built in the 1920s to help relieve the stress caused by unemployment following WW1.

Over the years is brought many hours of pleasure and what’s more until it was closed it was very close to Great Yarmouth Beach Station. This line brought thousands of holidaymakers to visit. #wishyouwereherememories

Stay safe all and see you next Saturday.

As a previous post informed, The Museum of the Broads now has a 'Just Giving' page which allows for easy donating.All ch...
02/05/2020
GivingTuesdayNow

As a previous post informed, The Museum of the Broads now has a 'Just Giving' page which allows for easy donating.

All charities are having a tough time, and to encourage the public to help, Just Giving has designated Tuesday May 5th as a special ' Global Giving Day'. (Our link is below)

Please try and help our wonderful little museum to survive and to ensure the safety and continued care of the beloved Broads Collection. Literally anything would be hugely appreciated. Thank you!

Here is the link:

https://givingtuesdaynow.justgiving.com/Charity?charityId=2957492

I’ve just made a donation on @JustGiving as part of #GivingTuesdayNow - the global day of giving. Check out the website and show a charity some love.

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?This week we are off to a place which has given a great deal of people a lot of enjoyment Wh...
02/05/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I?

This week we are off to a place which has given a great deal of people a lot of enjoyment

Where is it? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below. Answer on Sunday.

One final note if you are able to help us in these difficult times please pop across to our Just Giving Page. Thank you 👍

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/motbcovid19?invite=true

We are pleased to announce that it is now possible to donate to The Museum of the Broads on 'Just Giving' - just search ...
29/04/2020

We are pleased to announce that it is now possible to donate to The Museum of the Broads on 'Just Giving' - just search 'Museum of the Broads' on the Just Giving website. Alternatively, please follow the link below.

We know that many charities are desperate for funds, all are having a tough time. We hope to be able to open later in the year but it is by no means certain.

We are looking at ways we can save money and also raise money so that we can be sure of safeguarding our wonderful Broads Collection and be ready to welcome visitors back to a bigger and better museum.

If you can help us with any amount, please go to Just Giving today! Thank you!

Here is the link to our 'Just Giving' page :

https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/motbcovid19?

27/04/2020

THIS WEEKS VIDEO FROM THE BROADS COLLECTION...…..

Today, curator Nicola Hems looks at some of the taxidermy within the collection.

Please bear in mind that these 'historical' items were created many years ago and in different times! Each has it's own back story, so, interesting in their own right.

Here is the link

https://youtu.be/H37uJ3hT01A

26/04/2020

WEEKEND TEASER - WHERE AM I - THE ANSWER

A few people thought this was Horsey and I can really see why although this view is around 2 foot deep maximum. It is glorious Rockland Broad so well done to those of you who were correct.

Same time same place next Saturday. Stay safe all.

Address

The Poor’s Staithe
Stalham
NR12 9DA

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The only waterside museum of Broadland life, in a traditional setting at Stalham Staithe on the Norfolk Broads. Discover the boats of the Broads and how people's working lives shaped the landscape.

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The Museum of the Broads at the Poor’s Staithe, Stalham. We aim to bring the story of the Broads alive and cover the whole area of the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. Did you know that the Broads make up Britain’s largest area of protected wetland and it’s home to 1/4 of the UK’s rarest species? Despite all that, the landscape is largely manmade. Visit us to discover more!

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Comments

See you tomorrow night. Titch.
Excellent reviews from visitors but I wish I could say the same for those offering potential exhibits. Twice I have contacted the museum and offered potential exhibits. On neither occasion did the museum bother themselves to reply - I will not offer anything else in the future.
Please support the museum's 'charity box' at Waitrose, North Walsham. 2 days to go! Currently we are currently slightly ahead of the other two charities, so please buy a few things and pop your green disc into our box!
can anyone tel me when the boat jumble is at stalham
interesting that we are getting rid of the musuem stickers as part of our new green endeavours, i assume the till program will be altered to fall in line and non essential bits of paper will cease also
No teaser this week, sorry if I missed the notification!
WHEN WILLTHE RAFFLE RESULTS BE PUBLISHED ??