Work starting on seafront museum

Work is set to begin on a new seafront museum at Sheringham, 10 years after the idea was first floated.Over the coming months a lifeboat will be craned into the site, and a new observation tower added to the �1.

Work is set to begin on a new seafront museum at Sheringham, 10 years after the idea was first floated.

Contractors took over the site on Monday, after years of planning and funding applications, which have finally paid off with a �799,500 Heritage Lottery grant.

The balance of the cost comes from the sale of the five cottages which previously housed the museum, along with �30,000 of local fund raising.

Museum company chairman David Brown said the major works that would be obvious to the public included the craning of a third lifeboat into the courtyard in the week beginning May 11.


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The attraction, expected to draw more than 12,000 visitors a year, will take at least an hour to tour, and entrance cost will be around �3 or �1 for the tower only.

It was aimed to have a 'soft opening' next February with a formal opening in March 2010 in time for Easter.

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A professional manager is being recruited this spring, and the 60-strong team of volunteers bolstered and trained for the new venue.

Anyone wanting to join the volunteers team is asked to contact Mary Blyth on 01263 822611.

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