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Time and Tide celebrates 2006 Tourism Award

Time and Tide, the Museum of Great Yarmouth life, won the Tourism Award for its success at encouraging sustainable tourism and increasing visitor numbers to the area, whilst respecting the culture and environment around it. The museum is aiming to provide the community with a sense of place and history, communal identity and self-esteem. Since opening in 2004, it has become a huge success story with 40% more visitors than projected and is now open year round.

David Marlow, Chief Executive of the East of England Development Agency and Chairman of the Celebrate Awards judging panel, explains why Time and Tide was selected: “Time and Tide is a fantastic example of how European Funds can help bring communities together and enhance cultural and heritage awareness. It is a great success story.”

James Steward, Area Museums Officer, said: “Time and Tide has genuinely made a difference in a difficult economic environment, demonstrating that cultural and economic developments are mutually beneficial. The museum is helping to change people’s perceptions of Great Yarmouth."

Other finalists:

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse

O2 Heritage Package

North Norfolk Railway

Time and Tide wins EDP Design and Development Award

The award is presented to companies and organisations that have helped create new or redeveloped or refurbished building projects. Imaginative design qualities combined with practical and forward thinking ideas formed part of the judges’ selection criteria. They also looked at how well the buildings harmonise with their surroundings and other environmental design aspects. A well-designed building can assist a business (museum) to move forward and in turn often adds to the local economy. Entries had to highlight where possible the ways in which their building project has helped the local area.

Other finalists:

Chapelfield Shopping Centre, Norwich

Lind BMW showrooms, Longwater, Nr. Norwich

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We found so much of interest at Time & Tide that we ran out of time.

An excellent illustration of Great Yarmouth’s history and Herring Trade.