February 12 2017 - Tomorrow the Museum reopens after a short period of cleaning and reorganisation. We have two new exhibitions in Room 5 (Local Art works) and the David Butters Room (Philo's Diary and Swaffham in the 19th Century).
Usual Opening times and charges apply
January 29 - Friends of Swaffham Museum have published their list of exciting events for 2017. Many are open to Friends and guests. To view this go to the Friends page.
'Quality' for Town Museum. We have just received National Accreditation for the next 3 years. This shows that we are up to a professional standard. Delighted with achievement.
The Time Capsule
Working with Swaffham Junior Academy the museum is using it's exhibition room to display the items placed in the 1991 Time Capsule by pupils of the South Greenhoe Middle School. It has lain buried for 25 years and was opened at the school fete on 9 July 2016.
Vulcans, Victors and a Pocket Calculator
Our new 5th Gallery is proving very popular. It commemorates the Centenary of RAF Marham
It includes a timeline of the work at RAF Marham since 1916, and also a focus on Operation Corporate - the British military operation to retake the Falkland Islands in 1982. RAF Marham played an essential role in the Falklands War when Victors flew from there to refuel the Vulcan bombers in mid-air in order that the Vulcans could reach their target site in the South Atlantic.
A £3.99 pocket calculator also played a very significant part in the Falkland War but you will need to visit the exhibition to find out why, and the connection it has with Swaffham.
Photographs and Logbooks are also displayed in the exhibition.
Earliest known painting of the Market Place
2016 has seen an exciting start to the new museum season. As part of the 800 Market Celebrations we had the oldest known painting of Swaffham Market conserved. We now have a fascinating view of Swaffham somewhere between, we believe, 1803 and 1817.