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About Us

We are a small, independent social history museum for Swaffham and the surrounding villages 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 2022 we celebrate Howard Carter who discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun in 1922. The Carter Gallery has been updated and refurbished for this. 

In 2019 we opened the new 'Conflict and Consequences' Gallery, full of information about Swaffham's involvement in wars and conflicts. This was extended in 2020/21 to include Covid-19 which in itself caused consequences and conflicts. In November 2021 a visual record of Swaffham and Covid-19 was constructed and can be viewed here

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

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.

"Excellent. Best £3 ever"

Visitor June 2022

"Loved the Carter Room and the Victorian Diary artwork"

Visitor June 2022

"Enjoyed building the pyramids and writing our names in hieroglyphics"

Visitor February 2022

"A fabulous museum with lots to keep the children entertained"

Visitor. April 2022