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
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.
museum is run entirely by volunteers and members of "The Friends
of the Museum."
Old Lorries Slide Show
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 is FREE but donations
are welcome to:-
Town Gas Works Museum Trust (The) (1996354)
01328 863150 (Museum general enquiries)
Chairman Dr E M Bridges
01328 863507 (Museum group visit enquiries)
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.
Museum open 2nd June to 26th September
Thursdays 10.30am to 3.30pm
Fridays and Saturdays 10.30am to 1.30pm
Bank Holiday Mondays 10.30am to 1.30pm
During the Spring and Autumn the museum is open on Thursday mornings
when volunteers are working there.
(Group visits at other times
are possible call
01328 863507 with adequate notice)
access to Gas Museum
Free parking nearby (50 metres away)
One disabled parking space on site
Toilets accessible to wheelchair users.