We are a small, independent social history museum for Swaffham and the surrounding villages. Annual exhibitions plus displays from the Stone Age to the modern. Home of the Symonds collection of figures based on characters from literature and history. Local heroes include Howard Carter the archaeologist, Admiral of the Fleet Sir Knyvet Wilson VC, Jem Mace prize fighter, W E Johns author of the Biggles books and the Swaffham Pedlar.
In 2019 saw we opened the new 'Conflict and Consequences' Gallery, full of information about Swaffham's involvement in wars and conflicts.
Small does not mean insignificant - the museum featured on Antiques Road Trip on January 23 2018 when Raj Bisram visited to explore the Carter connection. This programme is available on Youtube.
Children's activities throughout the museum.
Explore our history. Walk the town trail.
On an appointment basis, we offer personal and group research facilities in our Archive Room using maps, newspaper clippings and other documentation and artefacts.
We love schools and and voluntary organisations! See our Outreach page for more on what we can bring to you.
Unfortunately, we are only able to allow Assistance dogs into the museum; and food and drink is not to be consumed on the premises.
Visit our well stocked gift shop for gifts, souvenirs, local maps and greetings cards . This also houses the Tourist Information Centre.
If you would like information about helping us as a Volunteer - front of house, curatorial, archives or education please download the form and hand in to the Volunteer Coordinator.
“"Good value for small entrance fee"”
Visitor - July 2020
“"Loved it. Really interesting and especially liked the tomb reconstruction"”
A visitor - April 2019
“"Children's quiz very good"”
Visitor July 2020
“"Enjoyed it all! but especially the Monique Slaven Room (archaeology)"”
Many visitors in 2019
“"Fabulous exhibition - our 8yr old was totally absorbed"”