Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
Hempton Road
NR21 7LA

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01328 863150


01328 851 133

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The Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of gas from coal: retorts, condenser, purifiers, meter and gasholder.

The museum is housed in the town’s former gasworks, which ceased production of gas from the heating of coal in 1965 following the discovery of Natural Gas in the North Sea.

The gas works is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a prestigious and rare distinction for an industrial site and, as such, is a National Treasure, providing an insight into our cultural, social and industrial heritage with displays of lighting, heating, cooking and domestic equipment.

The gas works buildings and the museum collection held within them allow a glimpse into the past where one man, William Murdoch changed everyday living, bringing light to the darkest corners of our country.

The museum is run entirely by volunteers and members of "The Friends of the Museum."

Venue Type:

Museum, Industrial heritage site

Opening hours

Last Thurs July-September
Thurs 1030-1530
Open all other times prior arrangement

Admission charges


Collection details

Archives, Social History, Industry, Trade and Commerce

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Lighting up the Gas Lamp

  • 14 May 2015 6:30-9pm

For Museums at Night 2015, Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History have collaborated with Fakenham Library and we warmly invite you to a talk to discover how Towns Gas was made followed by a visit to a unique piece of industrial archaeology: the only former town gasworks left in England or Wales!

The whole atmospheric site will be open, and the gas lamp in the courtyard will be lit while the curator recites the poem "The Lamplighter".

In addition to telling the story of the gas industry during World War I, the museum also holds the country's best collection of gas-powered domestic appliances: a chance to get nostalgic.

There are also exhibits on the growth of the market town, the local print industry, vanishing local pubs and a marlpits display answering the question "Why does every field in this area have a hole in it?"

Part of the North Norfolk Stories Festival for Museums at Night.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly


Free, but donations to support our volunteer-run museum would be gratefully appreciated.