NORFOLK Museums Service
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About Us

Norfolk Museums Service comprises museums, collections study centres and countywide services relating to archaeology and education.

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Norfolk Museums Service was established in 1974 when the County and District Councils in Norfolk agreed to delegate their museum powers to a Joint Committee to manage museums through a county-wide Museums Service. NMAS is now regarded as one of the leaders in the museum sector and in 2012 was successful in its bid for major investment from Arts Council England. NMAS is one of only sixteen museum services in England to be awarded Major Partner Museum status by the Arts Council. Click here to find out more about how this funding is helping us improve services.

Our Vision

Bringing history to life - by

    • Collecting, preserving and interpreting material evidence of the past

    • Stimulating creativity, inspiration and enjoyment

    • Providing an enjoyable way to learn throughout life

    • Engaging with the widest possible audience

    • Enriching people’s lives and creating a sense of place and identity

    • Enabling people to understand and value other cultures

Our Work

We meet the needs of many different people through a wide variety of services including…

    • Permanent displays and temporary exhibitions

    • Lively events programme throughout the county

    • Outreach for hard-to-reach groups

    • Reminiscence sessions with older people

    • Basic skills courses for adults wanting to improve their employment prospects

    • Working with disadvantaged youths

    • Special events for children, such as summer schools, day schools and out-of-hours clubs

    • Themed event days, such as the popular Apple Day at Gressenhall

    • Re-enactment and activity days for schools

    • Specialist courses and study days

    • Volunteering opportunities for adults, as well as work experience and work placements for school and university students

    • Signed talks for deaf people

    • Enquiry and identification services, such as the Identification and Recording

    • Service for Archaeological Finds

    • Easy access to information about collections and services through the NMAS website

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