Incredible stories from the past 122 years of live-saving work will be told as a North Walsham museum throws open its doors. 

The Norfolk St John Ambulance Museum in Bacton Road will be open on the July 29-30 weekend from 11am-4pm, and as part of Heritage Open Day over the September 9-10 weekend. 

North Norfolk News: A St John Ambulance first aid competition practical display in July 1950A St John Ambulance first aid competition practical display in July 1950 (Image: St John Ambulance Museum)

Objects on display include first-aid equipment through the ages including early examples of resuscitation manikins, a rare early ambulance driver’s jacket, and a civil defence helmet and gas mask that tell the story of St John’s role in both world wars.

Val Saunders, St John’s heritage co-ordinator, said: “We’re excited to be reopening the museum, which is completely volunteer-run, and are looking forward to sharing the history of St John in Norfolk with visitors once again. 

North Norfolk News: North Walsham's first ambulance in 1927North Walsham's first ambulance in 1927 (Image: St John Ambulance Museum)

“It really is a hidden gem but by spending some time looking at the displays, visitors will gain a real understanding of the work and rich history of our charity in the county.”

The first St John Ambulance Division in Norfolk was founded in Cromer in 1901, and soon there were divisions formed all over the county.