The new Sheringham Museum features a viewing tower that will allow visitors to see views of the local town and coastline. Picture Courtesy Sheringham Museum
The coast is finally clear for work to begin on the new Sheringham Museum after the Heritage Lottery Fund gave the go-ahead for funds to be released.
In December 2006, Sheringham was granted an Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) grant of £799,500 and a £1 million project was planned, including the ambitious conversion of the curent museum. The release of the money and the planned work on the museum were delayed, however, causing the museum to close altogether.
The HLF has now given the project the all-clear, Robyn Llewellyn, Head of HLF East of England explained: “Now that the Directors have successfully met all the requirements of their award, work can really get going on the new Sheringham Museum.”
“This is a great project that will provide a much-needed resource for the museum, creating a fully-functional exhibition area and enabling the proper display of the lifeboat and fishing boat collections for the first time.”
Work is now planned to begin in autumn 2008 and the opening is timetabled for late 2009. Award-winning architects Fielden and Mawson have been appointed and plans see the existing viewing tower radically re-modelled to give visitors a unique panorama of the town and coastline.
The modern building will house an unrivalled collection of historic lifeboats, as well as fishing boats and exhibitions about the town and its history. Other new features will include a museum shop and a multi-purpose room for meetings, exhibitions and work with school groups.
David Brown, Project Leader and Chairman of the Directors added: “It’s the realisation of a dream for us to bring together the two different elements of our collections – the maritime and local and social history.”
“We have three beautifully restored lifeboats that all served the town and three traditional fishing boats. We also have wonderful collections that bring to life the fascinating story of the town of Sheringham and its people.”
Sheringham Museum still hopes to raise additional funds; to find out more about how to support the new museum contact David Brown on 01623 823 464.
Katie Brinkley is the 24 Hour Museum/Norwich HEART Student Writer in Norwich. Norwich Heritage Economic and Regeneration Trust (HEART) is the groundbreaking initiative to regenerate, manage and promote one of the most remarkable heritage resources in the UK and in Europe.