Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Lowestoft Maritime Museum - Suffolk History Brought To Life !

When you first approach the Lowestoft Maritime Museum you see a small flint cottage set in the grounds of the Sparrows Nest park which is home to a bowls club, the Lowestoft war museum, the Lowestoft movie makers, Martellos restaurant & coffee house and Giardino Italian restaurant.
The cottage looks small from the outside and you struggle to comprehend how there might be a museum of any note inside, but the tiny entrance opens into a tradis-like series of ingeniously laid out rooms just begging to be explored.
There are a staggering number of model boats and ships of all types, and just as many paintings and works of art to see. 

You will also see many themed areas such as Lowestoft in World War II, and the RAF Air, Sea Rescue Service, alongside collections of thought-provoking ships in a bottle, oil rigs, coastguard and lifeboat service, to name just a few.

The museum is filled to the brim with tales of exploration and human endeavour, and there's always someone on hand to expand on the exhibits and answer any questions you may have.

 Learn about the Lowestoft fishing industry. For over 1000 years, local people netted herring in the North Sea and landed them on the beach. In 1832 Lowestoft people built a harbour, and from 1847 railway trains could quickly take fresh fish to sell across the country. 

View Sir Christopher Cockerell's fantastic design workshop where he invented the hovercraft
This has been laid out as close as possible to his original floor plan, and was gifted to the museum in 2009.

It's easy to see why the Lowestoft Maritime Museum was a finalist of the Suffolk Museum Of The Year, 2014. It really is a wonderful little museum to spend an hour or so looking round.
Admission is just £2, but bring some cash to spend in the gift shop afterwards.

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