Our wonderful collared dove parents have done it again! Their 2 babies have now flown the nest and Dora is sitting again. Can she beat her 2016 record of 3 broods? All this proves just how family friendly the Museum is!
Follow our Half Term Hallowe'en Trail, find the Hallowe'en characters hiding in the Museum, and dodge the Wroxham Witch and the Museum ghosts. Activities and prizes for children. Take a trip on our steam boat, Falcon, (Tues, Wed and Thurs) and enter into the Spirit of the Season!
And we really do have ghosts. A Crusader and his Moor opponent fight each August at Stalham Staithe. Have you ever seen them?
On Wed 24 August, our Victorian Pharmacist visited the Museum. He set up shop in the Broadland's High Streets Through Time exhibition. Various apprentices helped to measure and prescribe different remedies for ailments such as cholera, typhoid, being peaky and being a bit thin. Did you know that ingredients included herbs, opium, and creosote? Great fun for all!
Thanks to Mark Taylor of Timetrippers and to Museums Norfolk.
Many thanks to Darren from Broadland AeroVision for taking these stunning photos of our Steam Day from the air.
We also have video footage and will post that on the website soon. In the meantime, enjoy these photos:
It seems we started a trend! Our mannequins can't resist getting in photos. Museum visitors are happily taking selfies whilst wearing our hats and Maria and Eric just have to photo bomb them! Mind you, their hats are good too...
If you want to join in the fun, visit the Museum, try on a hat and take a photo. Then look carefully. One of our mannequins is sure to be in it too! #hats
Following last week's A Wild Night, here are some fabulous photos of our collared dove family taken by Liana. Unfortunately, the nest is empty today and so we hope Dora and Diego will return and try again. However, we do have a family of geese living on the other side of the river! Enjoy the photos!
Over 90 people braved the cold and visited us at yesterday evening's Wild Night. They took a steam boat river trip, followed trails, made snake mobiles, mini beast houses and bird and bat boxes, and met James from the Norfolk Wildlife Trust too. Plenty of wildlife was spotted, including a kingfisher seen by many on Falcon.
The best comment from a visitor was that our volunteers helping youngsters to make bird and bat boxes were worth their weight in gold. Without being too rude, with the current price of gold, that's a lot! Many of our young visitors enjoyed being taught simple DIY and their smiles as they proudly held the finished bird and bat boxes made the whole evening worthwhile.
Thank you to About with Friends for making up the flat pack boxes, to the Curator's Helper for carefully cutting and sanding bamboo canes for mini beast houses, to the Falcon crew, to all Museum volunteers who ensured everyone had a good time, to James from NWT, and to our NNS volunteers, Jim, Liana and Mark. It was a cold evening by the river but well worth it!
Thanks to Museums at Night and the North Norfolk Stories Festival too!!
More photos to follow...
Okay, don't get too excited by the title! See the post below - we are family friendly...
As part of the North Norfolk Stories Festival, the Broads Outdoors Festival and Museums at Night (phew), we are holding our 2nd ever Wild Night at the Museum on Friday 13 May. The doors open from 4pm to 8pm and entry and ALL activities are FREE. Thanks to the North Norfolk Stories Festival and HLF for that!
So, I'm busy recording bird song for our new bird song trail around the Museum, printing out activities for our younger visitors to enjoy, and looking forward to receiving our flat pack bird and bat houses from About with Friends in Cromer. And the Curator's Helper has spent hours cutting, drilling and sanding bamboo canes to make into houses for solitary bees. It's all happening at home and away!
So, we're ready for the rush. Norfolk Wildlife Trust is coming and the seats on Falcon are going fast. Book now and bring a picnic! We're all going to go wild.