Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

Hempton Road
NR21 7LA

+44 (0)1328 863150


A scheduled ancient monument rich in domestic nostalgia and gas industry heritage

Before the discovery of natural gas in the North Sea, Britain’s gas was made from coal. Fakenham’s gas museum combines industrial archaeology with social and cultural history. It charts the first steps to light up homes and cities at night and to provide heating and domestic appliances. It also pays homage to an industry that between 1800 and 1970 employed over a million people.

Your visit will take in the only complete town gas works in England and Wales – a scheduled ancient monument in itself.  Displays are packed with cookers, lighting, fires and boilers that will bring back memories even for younger visitors. Additionally the museum houses exhibitions relating to Fakenham itself, its printing industry, sporting past and wartime stories. The museum is the only complete town gas works in England.

Archives relating to the gas industry (visits by appointment only)
Recommended length of visit: 1.5 hours

Visit their website for information about opening times, admission prices and facilities.

Photos courtesy: Nick Stone, Starfish.