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, Architecture centre

Opening hours

7th May - 1st October:
Tuesday & Thursday - 1:30pm - 4:00pm,
Saturday 1.30pm - 4.00pm.

Closed: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 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.

Local history and social history, with photographs and memorabilia from bygone Dereham. Local history exhibits include domestic and farm tools, Victorian clothing, toys, local personalities and trades. History of the building in photographs and artwork.

Collection details

Archaeology, Architecture, Archives, Coins and Medals, Fine Art, Medicine, Social History, Trade and Commerce, Science and Technology, Toys and Hobbies, Industry

Key artists and exhibits

  • William Cowper,
  • Augustus Jessopp,
  • Bishop Bonner
  • William Hyde Woolaston
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Museum Poster 2016

Dereham's Forgotten Scientist - William Hyde Woolaston

  • 7 May — 1 October 2016

Come and discover the story of 'Dereham's Forgotten Scientist' William Hyde Wollaston born in the town 250 years in 1766. A fellow scientist described a conversation with him as "it was like taking to pure intelligence". His discoveries and inventions are still in use in everyday objects that we all use today. He was international famous yet his name is not well known today.
He has islands named after him by explorers that used his inventions to navigate in the arctic and antarctic, there is even a crater on the moon named after him.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Admission £2 adults
Children under 16 free with a paying adult.
Children under 16 only admitted if accompanied by an adult.

Website

http://www.derehamhistory.com

Getting there

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

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

Website

Website for the Museum and the Dereham Antiquarian Society

www.derehamhistory.com

E-mail

mus@suewhite.demon.co.uk

Telephone

Museum Curator

01362 695652

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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