William Marriott Museum
c/o North Norfolk Railway, Holt Station, Cromer Road
The William Marriott Museum building houses many artefacts, documents and other bygones from the age of steam in East Anglia. Outside, the full 5 1/4 miles of the Poppy Line are packed with a multitude of working museum items, such as the buildings and general railway infrastructure, the locomotives and rolling stock and a truly historic signalling system.
The Museum has been created in a replica of a typical M&GN Goods Shed in Holt Station yard. Holt Station complex is being designed to represent a typical country station scene. The station itself is the original 1880 building from Stalham, rescued by volunteer railway personnel, lovingly re-erected on its present site and fully opened at Easter 2006.
A water tower, in M&GN style, has also been constructed at Holt, with an Easter & Midland designed water column destined for the end of the platform. A Midland railway signal box (typical of the M&GN !), nearing completion now, makes up the current scene at Holt.
We open from March to October when steam trains are running on the North Norfolk Railway (The Poppy Line) and on special events.
Open 10:30 to 16:00, extended during the holiday season.
Entry is £1 for adults with accompanied children free
Today's museum collection is an amazing cross section of railway items from East Anglia, ranging from the flagship steam locomotives to the smallest of ephemera, like many handbills which were published regularly for special events during the railway's century of existence.
The collection that most people see, but, perhaps, do not recognize as such, is the working railway. Everything that you see and hear on a journey along the line is something from the past, restored and recreated now to demonstrate exactly how the people of Norfolk lived when 'The Joint' was an everyday fact of life.
Key artists and exhibits
- steam locomotives
- rolling stock
- station buildings