Great Yarmouth’s museums get nocturnal

ALL of Great Yarmouth’s five main museums and heritage sites will be open for free from 5.30pm to 10pm tomorrow.

This includes the Tolhouse, Elizabethan House and Time and Tide museums, The Nelson Museum and English Heritage’s Great Yarmouth Row 111 Houses.

The Nelson Museum illustrates Nelson’s life, from his Norfolk childhood through his famous battles to his tragic, heroic death.

Visitors are invited to find out about Nelson’s fading looks, his mesmerising personality, his terrible wounds and illnesses, his scandalous love life and his inspirational leadership.

On museums’ night this year visitors will have the chance to see the new exhibition, Nelson’s Women: Philanderer or Family Man? The exhibition looks at Nelson’s personal life and his relationships with his mother, sisters, grandmother, wife, mistress and illegitimate, but beloved daughter, Horatia.

On display are items never seen in Norfolk before including Nelson’s baby clothes, his love letters to Lady Hamilton and his daughter’s rocking horse.

English Heritage’s Great Yarmouth Row Houses comprise Row 111 House and the Old Merchant’s House, although only Row 111 House which is situated directly behind the Nelson Museum will be open. The displays within the house look at the propery’s last ever occupants, three separate families all living in what was by then was a subdivided tenement. They lived there until the second world war.

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Simon Tansley, site manager for English Heritage, said: “This year we have a brand new guidebook for our properties with some fascinating new facts that have been unearthed after three years of extensive research.”

Every visitor who buys a guidebook during the Night of Museums event will be given a voucher for them and a guest to return to both properties completely free of charge.

There will also be an opportunity to “try and buy” some new wines from the English Heritage, English Country wines range.