Museum 4 Watton
The museum is expected to open in spring 2018
Watton is steeped in history but it currently has no museum to tell the history of the town and surrounding areas.
Since 2014 the Museum for Watton Group has been advocating for a museum in the town. They have undertaken extensive market research which shows a strong general public interest in a museum and have been out into the community with a pop up display.
In November 2016 premises were identified and a lease is being drawn up to allow Museum 4 Watton to use the front of Wayland Hall for the first permanent Museum.
The new museum will have an education and research centre where the history and heritage of the town can be explored on touch-screen computers or through reference books.
The Court Baron Minute Books of the Manor of Watton Hall from 1670 to 1924, will be on display with about 100 supporting documents, the Parish Register and many local books.
The town’s Millennium Ceramic and Cross-stitch panels will be exhibited and there will be displays about the Geology and Paleontology of the area.
The museum will also house a full-sized model of a Roman inhumation that was discovered on Norwich Road, and a lower Paleolithic hand axe that has been described as one of the finest and oldest ever found in this end of the country.
In addition there will be regularly changing visiting displays.
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Other good things to do nearby.
Visit Wayland Wood, the site of the story of Babes-in-the-wood.
Walk down Stan’s Walk, about 1.5miles, RAF Watton was to your left. (This is a continuation of Griston road, access by foot and cycle only)
Swaffham Museum is approximately 10 miles away
Travel and Parking.
Watton can easily be reached from the A11 or the A1065.
The nearest car-park is at Queens Hall or opposite Tesco, currently all Watton’s public car parks are free.
Regular bus service from Norwich and all surrounding areas.
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday & Saturday, 10am – 4pm, all year round (to be confirmed). Other times on request for groups and schools.
Facilities and access
Due to the nature of the building and complexity of it structure, those unable to manage three steps up and down, will regrettably be unable to access the Museum.