For 40 years or more various groups in North Walsham have dreamt of opening a Heritage Centre to enable the town’s rich history to be displayed to inform residents and visitors alike. Last year saw the North Walsham Heritage Group’s ‘Big Society’ funded temporary exhibition in St Nicholas Church. This was very well received and inspired the group to seek the next step, a permanent home. At the same time the Town Council were themselves seeking a permanent home for their Information Centre and they decided to lease the Saddlers Rooms on Vicarage Street which included the former meeting room that could be sub-leased to become the Heritage Centre.
North Walsham Heritage Group was extremely grateful to have been awarded a grant in March, from the Wensum and Coast Local Action Group under the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development. Their grant of £4,767 will provide cabinets and other display equipment to improve the presentation of North Walsham’s 2,000 year history.
The Heritage Centre and Information Centre will together form ‘Mi North Walsham’ and be run entirely by volunteers. This will open its doors on Monday 16th April and initially between 10am and 2pm Monday to Friday.
The Heritage Centre is a record of the local community and will be developed over the coming months. The team is keen to receive donations of local items that can help describe the town’s history. Documents and photos can tell the story but physical objects can help make that history much more accessible, especially to younger generations. If you have any suitable objects then the North Walsham Heritage Group would love to hear from you. You can contact them by clicking here.
North Walsham heritage and History
- Early history
- 1381 Peasants’ Revolt
- St Nicholas church
- Market Cross, the great fire and Paston school
- Paston family
- Theatre and cinemas
- Manor Road school
- Crane Fruehauf
- Duncan cars
- MacLean family – photography and mineral water manufacture
- Norfolk Canneries
- Randells Ltd
- North Walsham & Dilham Canal
- Two railway stations
- Water and wind mills
- World War 1, Home front
- World War 2, Defence of North Walsham