Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
A scheduled ancient monument rich in domestic nostalgia and gas industry heritage
Before the discovery of natural gas in the North Sea, Britain’s gas was made from coal. Fakenham’s gas museum combines industrial archaeology with social and cultural history. It charts the first steps to light up homes and cities at night and to provide heating and domestic appliances. It also pays homage to an industry that between 1800 and 1970 employed over a million people.
Your visit will take in the only complete town gas works in England and Wales – a scheduled ancient monument in itself. Displays are packed with cookers, lighting, fires and boilers that will bring back memories even for younger visitors. Additionally the museum houses exhibitions relating to Fakenham itself, its printing industry, sporting past and wartime stories. The museum is the only complete town gas works in England.
Archives relating to the gas industry (visits by appointment only)
Recommended length of visit: 1.5 hours
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Other good things to do nearby
Thursday is market day in Fakenham and, as well as one of the best markets in the county, there’s the renowned flea market and auction at James Beck Auctions. Every fourth Saturday there’s a farmers’ market and the church often holds a craft market then too. The town itself is full of interest and you can pick up a heritage trail itinerary at the museum. Nearby attractions include Pensthorpe nature reserve and gardens, the Hawk and Owl Trust at Sculthorpe Moor and of course, Fakenham Race Course.
Travel and parking
From the centre of Fakenham, at the junction of Market Place and Norwich Street, head south down Bridge Street, over the bridge and into Hempton Road. The museum is on your left. Arriving from Swaffham and Dereham the museum is on your right before you get to the town centre. Pay and display car park on Bridge Street. Small free car park east of the museum down the gravel road past Wensum engineering. One disabled parking space on site. Call museum to reserve. Public transport: The nearest bus stop is in Oak Street. Norfolk Green offers services from Norwich, Hunstanton, Kings Lynn, Cromer, Holt and Wells. Sanders Coaches also offer a selection of services.
Throughout the year:
Thursday mornings 10am -12noon
June to October:
Tuesdays, Fridays and Bank Holidays 10am to 12.30pm,
Thursdays 10am to 3pm
Group visits available at other times by prior arrangement. To book please call us on 01553 762151
Free (donations welcomed)
Facilities and access
One disabled parking space on site.