Stalham Museum reopens

A Norfolk museum has reopened for the season with some notable additions.A new quay heading to the river frontage at the Museum of the Broads at Stalham has both smartened up the appearance of the site and made mooring easier and safer, said publicity officer Robin Friend.

A Norfolk museum has reopened for the season with some notable additions.

A new quay heading to the river frontage at the Museum of the Broads at Stalham has both smartened up the appearance of the site and made mooring easier and safer, said publicity officer Robin Friend.

And the Wherry Room floor has been levelled and resurfaced in resin.

There is also a new exhibit featuring a boat bar, a wooden-built serving bar designed to look like the bow of a boat donated by The Maltsters pub at Ranworth.

There are also tribute displays to the powerboat racing successes of Tom Percival, the work of Rip Martin, the naval architect responsible for many designs of Broads motor hire cruisers in fibreglass, and Tim Whelpton, who built and crewed Sir Timothy Colman's Crossbow II catamaran which set sailing world speed records in the 1970s and early 1980s.

Another change at the museum is the provision of an audio guiding system to enhance visits to the museum, said Mr Friend.

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The voices used in the comment-aries include several museum volunteers plus a contribution from Keith Skipper of a Sidney Grapes 'Boy John' letter.

The museum is open every day from 10.30am to 5pm until the end of October.