Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum

Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum, Dereham, Norfolk
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Housed in a beautiful timber-framed, reed-thatched early C16th cottage, with colourful pargetting. It is the oldest domestic building in the market town of Dereham. It houses displays of Dereham's local history and the archaeology of the surrounding area, in the Breckland region of central Norfolk. The Museum was founded, and is still run, by volunteer members of the Dereham Antiquarian Society. The Society's collection of historic artefacts and documents is a valuable community and educational resource.

Venue Type:

Museum, Archive, Historic house or home

Opening hours

23rd May - 3rd October:
Tuesday & Thursday - 2pm - 4.00pm,
Friday - 10am - 1.30pm
Saturday 1.00pm - 4.00pm.

Closed: Monday, Wednesday, Sunday

Admission charges

Admission £2 adults
Members of Dereham Antiquarian Society free
Children under 16 free with a paying adult.
Children under 16 only admitted if accompanied by an adult.
Group visits by appointment Tel: 01362 695652
£4 season ticket

Getting there

Good Bus connections to the town from Norwich and King's Lynn

Additional info

The nature of this old building, with its winding, narrow and steep staircases and uneven floors make access difficult to the upper floor.

Special exhibition on the 100th anniversary of the WW1 Zeppelin raid on the town on 8th September 1915.
Local Collection Rooms, with photographs and memorabilia from bygone Dereham. Local history exhibits include domestic and farm tools, Victorian clothing, toys, local personalities and trades. The Story of the Infamous Bishop Bonner and the History of the Building.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Fine Art, Medicine, Social History, Trade and Commerce

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Cowper,
  • Augustus Jessopp,
  • Bishop Bonner

Getting there

Good Bus connections to the town from Norwich and King's Lynn

Bishop Bonner's Cottage Museum
St Withburga Lane
East Dereham
NR19 1ED


Website for the Museum and the Dereham Antiquarian Society



Museum Curator

01362 695652

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