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 Heritage Trust (formerly Dereham Antiquarian Society). The Trust'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 - 28th September:
Wednesday & Saturday - 1:30pm - 4:00pm,
Friday 1.30pm - 2.00pm.

Closed: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday

Admission charges

Admission £2 adults
Members of Dereham Heritage Trust free
Children under 16 free with a paying adult.
Children under 16 only admitted if accompanied by an adult.


  • Museums Association
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 it makes access to the upper floor difficult for some visitors. Wheelchair access is available to two of the ground floor rooms.

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

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 Heritage Trust



Museum Info

07526 909714

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