We all know how difficult it is right now with isolation, self distancing and not being able to visit places, especially the Museum! So, we are going to bring the Museum to you.

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The Start of Broads Tourism – Victorian Style

During these difficult weeks, it’s good to remember better times like holidays and special days out. ‘Wish You Were Here’ is the special exhibition for 2020 at the Museum of the Broads, but as the museum remains closed, you can’t come and see it yet! So, here is a sneak preview of some of the items on display; a book of original photos by John Payne Jennings, and early copies of books by Ernest Suffling, Walter Rye and George Christopher Davies. Without these books about the Broads, and the railway providing the means, tourists would never have discovered the Norfolk and Suffolk Broads. These items are all important reminders of the beginning of an industry so vital to the Broads, and one so threatened by the Covid 19 pandemic.

Bottles – for Brewing and Medicines

The Broads has a history of brewing. Barley was grown locally and the water abundant. Coltishall was the centre for malting and brewing, but it was the big four Norwich breweries that everyone remembers – Bullard’s, Morgan’s, Steward and Patteson and Young’s, Crawshay and Young’s. Here is a peep at some of the Museum’s collection of beer and soft drinks bottles plus some of the items from the old Stalham Pharmacy.

Arthur Ransome’s Pike

Reading a good book is a great way to spend time during lockdown. Arthur Ransome wrote many good books which have been enjoyed by millions of children and adults alike. Two of his books, The Coot Club and The Big Six, were set in the Broads and a pike, which appears in The Coot Club, is at the Museum.

The third video, showing you our Provisions Boat, Our Boys is live. Part of the 2020 exhibition on holidays, Our Boys was the early home shopping delivery service, just on the water. Very apt right now when we’re all in lockdown.

Our second video, taking you behind the scenes of our upcoming exhibition, Wish You Were Here – Holidays on the Broads is below. Enjoy!

Our very first video, on displays in the Wroxham Room, is below. We hope you enjoy it!