We are a small, independent social history museum for Swaffham and the surrounding villages in Norfolk from the Stone Age to the modern. Explore our history both by visiting the Museum and walking the circular trail.
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 celebrated 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 on the Conflict and Consequences gallery page.
On an appointment basis, we offer personal and group research facilities in our Archive Room using maps, newspaper clippings and other documentation and artefacts.
Visit our well-stocked gift shop for gifts, souvenirs, local maps and greetings cards.
The Visitor Information Centre is located in the shop and provides a wealth of information about the area, covering around 15 mile radius and all the way to the coast, with a large selection of leaflets on the visitor attractions.
You can find detailed information on how to join our team of Volunteers and other ways of supporting us on the Support Us page.