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Cromer Museum

A History of Cromer Museum

In the middle half of the twentieth century, Cromer Town Council was thinking about opening a museum. Several sites were considered and in the end eight former fisherman’s cottages, known as East Cottages, were purchased in 1967 for £1000.

One of the conditions of the purchase was that the remaining residents should not be disturbed and could stay for as long as they liked, so it took over ten years for the museum to actually admit its first visitor. The collections were started from scratch and built up with the aid of an appeal to the public.


On June 15 1978, Lady Preston of Cromer Hall declared the museum open and handed over its care to Norfolk Museums Service. Since then the museum has gone from strength to strength.


In 1981 the collection was enhanced when the museum acquired an important local history collection created by the late Cyril Crawford Holden. This has been of immense value for display work, answering enquiries and to the public and scholars too.

Following the millenium the museum was awarded funding for a re-development project. Improvements to the museum included a new Education room, entrance and shop, displays and improved access facilities, including a lift, two new toilets and flat access to all areas. The work took a couple of years to complete and the museum re-opened its doors to the public again in Spring 2006.

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