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We’re looking for a treasurer

We're looking for a new volunteer treasurer for Heritage Network Norfolk - would you be interested or do you know anyone else who may be? At the moment the role involves keeping an eye on our finances, updating the board at meetings, and preparing end of year...

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Accreditation Guidance for Museums

The updated guidance document to support applications and returns using the 2018 Accreditation Standard is now available to downnload from the Arts Council website. SHARE will be circulating a more detailed summary of the changes and upcoming events and support for...

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Spring 2019 networking meeting

Managing and Planning your Museums Finances 10am - 3.30pm, 14 May, Gressenhall Effective financial leadership and management is vital for the health and success of your organisation, and all leaders (not just treasurers) share that responsibility. Even if you're not...

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SHARE Conference

Monday 19 November, Firstsite Gallery in Colchester The theme of this year's SHARE conference is diversity - of audiences, collections, workforce, or operations. How can you make your museum more accessible and appealing to a wider range of people, and in the process...

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Autumn Network meeting and AGM

Our annual AGM and autumn network meeting is on Thursday 22 November, 10am to 3.30pm, at no. 47 St Giles, Norwich - which is home to our newest member the Norfolk Museum of Freemasonry. In the morning we have a session with Sarah Brown, Outreach Officer for the...

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Sheringham Museum seeks new Manager

Sheringham Museum, located immediately on the seafront of the North Norfolk town, is an inspiring place to work. It has a unique collection of historic Lifeboats, Fishing Boats, Artworks and Social History items in its care. They recently completed a £1.2 Million...

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Straw Museum no longer open

We're very sorry to hear that Ella Carstairs who ran the Straw Museum died in June. The museum is now closed and we have removed it from our website. Ella, who was in her eighties, was a fascinating woman and the existence of the museum was very much down to her...

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GDPR guidance and information

Information Commissioner’s Office (offsite link)

AIM Success Guide: Successfully Managing Privacy and Data Regulations in Small Museums (PDF download)


Naomi Korn – Copyright and Compliance (offsite link)


Norfolk Record Office (offsite link)


Picture Norfolk (offsite link)


Norfolk Sound Archive (offsite link)



Tradition and Innovation:

The Story of Market Towns

A fascinating touring exhibition that tells the story of the development of market towns and Britons’ changing shopping habits from the medieval period to the 21st century.


It discusses the issues facing market towns, such as the rise of out-of-town shopping, as well as the ability of market towns to survive and thrive in the face of adversity.

The exhibition is available to hire from Museums Norfolk.
It includes:

  • 6 exhibition panels, plus a banner stand for an additional tailored panel about your local market town. These are freestanding grasshopper banners that can be easily set up and broken down.
  • Handling collection containing objects that help tell the story of the development of market towns and the history of shopping in Britain.
  • Touchscreen computer and touchscreen presentation of images and oral histories.
  • Object labels (Word document) that tie into the design of the exhibition. We would encourage host museums to create a display of objects from their collection that complements the exhibition.

Although we advise museums to loan the entire exhibition (panels, handling collection and touchscreen), it may be possible to hire only the panels depending on individual museum needs. Please contact us on on admin at to discuss your requirements.

The exhibition features specially commissioned ‘ghost’ photographs by Norwich-based photographer Nick Stone, which merge archive images with his own present-day pictures to demonstrate changes that have taken place in the high street over the last century. you can see examples of these at

Tradition and Innovation: The Story of Market Towns was created by Museums Norfolk with funding from SHARE Museums East, the organisation that delivers museum development across the East of England. It has toured to Sheringham, Diss and Wymondham museums and the Museum of the Broads in Stalham.

North Norfolk Stories Festival

In 2015 and 2016 we ran this project to put on an annual, large-scale and free Museums at Night event in North Norfolk. It was funded with a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund.


Almost 4,000 people attended festival events.

Norfolk Record Office and the School Library Service worked together to deliver workshops to schools from north Norfolk. Eight schools visited the Record Office and took part in education activites at Felbrigg Hall.

Twenty Young Ambassadors helped to deliver the project. These volunteers created a touring exhibition, collected and transcribed oral histories and worked on all the festival events.

We were able to employ two of the Young Amabassadors towards the end of the project, giving a great boost to their career development.

Twenty oral histories were recorded, covering a wide range of people’s stories and personal experiences, including life in North Norfolk and the experiences of eight former RNLI servicemen. The RNLI are now looking to hold reminiscence and oral history sessions for former crew more regularly.

Nine reminscence kits were created on a range of subjects related to the area, such as domestic life in North Norfolk, seaside holidays, memories of the Broads and railway heritage. One pack about North Norfolk’s cinema heritage was created in partnership with Cinema City, Norwich. The reminiscence kits are now available for the public to borrow at each of the eight North Norfolk Libraries that participated in the project.

Ten local history resource packs were created by the Education Team at Norfolk Record Office. These help people learn about the history of ten North Norfolk towns and villages through archives such as census records, images and maps.

Five libraries delivered 36 shared reading sessions. Participants said that they learnt new information, including that relating to Norfolk, had an enjoyable experience and appreciated the opportunity to socialise, which is likely to have impacted positively on their sense of wellbeing.

Young Ambassadors, volunteers and staff of participating organisations benefitted from eleven training sessions, delivered by professional experts, in historical research, oral history, marketing, customer service, income generation, event management and event creation and planning.

Festival resources

Local history packs

ocal history packs have been produced with resources about Cromer, Fakenham, Holt, Langham, Mundesley, Neatishead, North Walsham, Sheringham, Stalham, Wells.

They contain sources from the 1840s to the 1940s, including census returns, maps, photographs, trade directories and school log books. Every effort has been made to enable comparative study, especially between the 1850s and 1900s, using the same and different kinds of source material.

The packs have been produced by Norfolk Record Office’s Archive Education and Outreach Service.

You can view copies of the packs at North Norfolk Libraries – each library holds the pack about the town or village where they are located.

Oral histories

Our team of volunteer young ambassadors collected 20 oral history interviews with older people in North Norfolk. The interviews cover a wide range of subjects, including holidays, life in North Norfolk, and experiences of volunteering for the RNLI in Cromer. All the interviews are deposited at the Norfolk Sound Archive at the Norfolk Record Office in Norwich. For more information, please contact the Record Office on 01603 222999 or email putting ‘Sound Archive’ in the heading.

Reminiscence kits

We created nine reminiscence kits about a range of topics, including domestic life, shopping, holidays and railway history. The packs can be borrowed for free from Norfolk Library Service.

‘Holidays by the Sea’ touring exhibition

Our team of volunteer young ambassadors (aged 16-25) researched and created a pop-up touring exhibition about the history of tourism in North Norfolk from the 19th – 21st century. The exhibition, which comes on five free-standing grasshopper panels, is available to loan from Heritage Network Norfolk.

Project Partners
  • Cromer Library
  • Cromer Museum
  • Fakenham Library
  • Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
  • Fishermen’s Heritage Centre, Sheringham
  • Holt Library
  • Langham Dome
  • Museum of the Broads, Stalham
  • Mundesley Library
  • Norfolk Record Office
  • North Norfolk Railway, Holt & Sheringham
  • North Walsham Library
  • Peter Coke Shell Gallery
  • RAF Air Defence Radar Museum
  • Sheringham Library
  • Sheringham Little Theatre
  • Sheringham Park
  • Stalham Library
  • RNLI Henry Blogg Museum, Cromer
  • Wells Library
  • Wells Maltings