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Welcome To Our Museum


The Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of gas from coal: retorts, condenser, purifiers, meter and gasholder.

The museum is housed in the town’s former gasworks, which ceased production of gas from the heating of coal in 1965 following the discovery of Natural Gas in the North Sea.

The gas works is a Scheduled Ancient Monument, a prestigious and rare distinction for an industrial site and, as such, is a National Treasure, providing an insight into our cultural, social and industrial heritage with displays of lighting, heating, cooking and domestic equipment.

The gas works buildings and the museum collection held within them allow a glimpse into the past where one man, William Murdoch changed everyday living, bringing light to the darkest corners of our country.

The museum is run entirely by volunteers and members of "The Friends of the Museum."

Old Lorries Slide Show

 

 

MUSEUM HISTORY

The gas works produced town gas from 1846 to 1965. After closure and the demolition of all other gas works in the country, Fakenham’s works was the only remaining.

The Norfolk Industrial Archeological Society together with Norfolk Historic Buildings trusts arranged for the works to be leased and converted into a museum.

It was then opened in 1987 by the Duke of Gloucester.

 

ADMISSION

Admission is FREE but donations are welcome to:-

Fakenham Town Gas Works Museum Trust (The) (1996354)

Hempton Road

Fakenham

Norfolk

NR21 7LA

 

MUSEUM CHAIRMAN STANDS DOWN

Dr E. M. Bridges

 

Changes in personnel are taking place at Fakenham's unique Museum of Gas and Local History. Dr E.M. Bridges, who joined the museum Trust in 2001, has expressed the wish to relinquish his duties after 12 years as Chairman. Following recent hospitalisation, Dr Bridges feels that he can no longer give the museum the attention it deserves. At a recent meeting the Trust accepted Or Bridges resignation and is now seeking a successor. In the past twelve years, the number of visitors to the museum has increased from an average in 2001 of around 400 to over 1200 per annum. Under the Chairmanship of Dr Bridges the Museum has interacted with a wide range of local organisations, providing facilities for infant, junior and secondary pupils, and instruction for university classes and local authority staff involved with environmental pollution. Lecture courses have been provided on local history, national parks and industrial archaeology, and individual lectures have been given to local History Societies, The Fakenham Society, Fakenham Rotary, Fakenham Probus and many other groups. Inside the Museum, Or Bridges has been responsible for mounting a range of exhibits on topics such as lost villages, origins of place names, local geology, the growth of Fakenham and the river Wens urn, each accompanied by a booklet. Other publications have included a short history of the museum for its 25th anniversary, booklets about wartime Fakenham, the centenary of the Queen's Road School buildings, and a history of Fakenham in a book entitled "Fakenham Lancaster". Dr Bridges has also involved Fakenham's museum in national activities, such as the Annual Science Week, Museum and Galleries Month, and the annual Heritage Open Days, and also represented the Museum on various Norfolk Museum committees. Whilst a new Chairman is sought, the day to day running of the Museum will be undertaken by a group of experienced volunteers, and as summer approaches any additional volunteers will be welcomed to help maintain or even extend the activities of the museum. During the winter months, the Museum is open on Thursday mornings between 10.30 am and 1.00 pm. If you have some time to spare' and would like to volunteer, please drop in to discuss how you might be able to help. The museum's opening times for the coming season will be announced shortly.

 

CONTACT US

Trust Chairman Dr E M Bridges

Phone: 01328 863507 (Museum group visit enquiries)

E-mail: enquiries@fakenhamgasmuseum.com

WE ARE A REGISTERED CHARITY IN THE UK

Registration number: 294371

 

OUR FRIENDS

At Fakenham Gas of Local History Museum, we have just a handful of volunteer staff who form the working committee, making sure that the museum functions. This working committee is backed up by a faithful group of ‘Friends’ who provide additional help during longer opening hours and special events. The Board of Trustees provides direction and takes responsible decisions for the long-term future of the museum.

To contact Friends of the museum;

Chairman: Mr D Beare (01328) 855237

E-mail: dennis.beare@fakenhamgasmuseum.com

 

FORTHCOMING EVENTS



AGM ~ 21st March 2014 at 7.00 pm at the Gas Works

 

Further details from: Dennis Beare or Dr Mike Bridges 01328 863507

 

LOCATION

HOW TO FIND US!!!

 

From the South: M11, A11, A1065

From the West: A47, A1065

From the North: A1, A17, A148, A1065

From the East: A47, A140, A1067, A148, A1065

 

All approaches from the South into Fakenham. Follow A1065 into town past Jewson the builders merchants (on your left) 200 metres on your right you will find the Museum just before the bridge.

Turn right into Industrial Area and (bear left) in front of Wensum Engineering and Fakenham Tyres (on your left) then right into Aldiss Community car park.

 

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OTHER INTERESTING LINKS

http://www.norfolkhistoricbuildingstrust.org.uk/projects/past/015_fakenham_gasworks.htm

 

http://www.north-norfolk.gov.uk/museums/default_6038.asp

 

FOR OUR FAKENHAM  TOWN  GUIDE

(CLICK HERE)

 

 

 

SPONSORS

 

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British Gas

 

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Fakenham College

 

Fisher & Sons (Fakenham) Ltd

 

Jewson

 

 

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Stephenson Smart

 

Steward Safety Supplies Ltd

 

Escape and Explore

 

 

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Opening Times 2014

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Museum open 26th May to 26th September
Thursdays & Fridays 10.30am to 3.30pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10.30am to 3.30pm
During the Spring and Autumn the museum is open on Thursday mornings when volunteers are working there.

Please allow 1 hour for viewing.

(Group visits at other times are possible call 01328 863507 with adequate notice)

Full access to Gas Museum
Free parking nearby (50 metres away)
One disabled parking space on site
Toilets accessible to wheelchair users.

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~Heritage Open Days 2014~

TBA

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AGM - 21st March 2014 at 7.00 pm

at the Gas Works

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Also visit: Fakenham Community Archive


FAKENHAM LOCAL HISTORY SOCIETY

Visit Fakenham Local History Society
then select 'Events Programme'


~Local History Displays~

Fakenham's Printing

Heritage Display

The First World War in Norfolk and Fakenham also the affects of the war in the gas industry.

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Fakenham During A
Reign of Change

A display showing how Fakenham has changed during the reign of Elizabeth II
Celebration HM The Queen's Jubilee

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RAF Sculthorpe,
Norfolk's Little America

A display telling the history of RAF Sculthorpe
Marking the 50th anniversary of the
USAF 47th Bombardment Wing
leaving Norfolk after a stay of 10 years

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MAKING GAS - RETORTS

Coal fires

 

BEFORE RENOVATION

The Gasworks before repair

The Gasworks before repair

The Gasworks before repair

AFTER  RENOVATION

The Gasworks after repair

After renovation After renovation After renovation

After renovation

STREET GAS LAMP

GAS WATER HEATERS

GAS COOKERS

GAS FIRES

GAS DOMESTIC LIGHTING

GAS METERS