Sea History Differently – Welcome to the Project!

Welcome to Sea History Differently – the project that engages you with maritime collections….


It all started last year when the Esmee Fairbairn Collection Fund gave Norfolk Museums Service a large amount of money for a new project. If the name sounds familiar you may recall that Esmee Fairbairn previously funded a project for Norfolk Museums Service called Shine a Light in 2013. This was for a project to research and increase access to large object collections and our latest project Sea History Differently will also focus on large objects, this time within our maritime collection.

Here at Time and Tide museum in Great Yarmouth, we will be bringing to you a variety of exciting events, exhibitions and news all related to maritime history over the next 15 months as part of our new project.

Whether the fishing industry and maritime heritage is your thing or not, we want to raise awareness of Great Yarmouth’s past and the collections that we have which tell the story.

A good place to start is our page which tells you all about the project – you can find it here. As time goes on, we will be adding to this blog so that you can stay up to date with everything that is happening. The three main things that project will focus on are:

  • The care and conservation of 3 historic vessels that are at the heart of Great Yarmouth’s fishing history.
  • The delivery of community events and activities.
  • The opening of an exhibition in March 2018 that showcases some of the best maritime fine art from within our own collection and other collections around the country (spoiler alert: think JMW Turner, John Constable and J S Cotman).

Of course the project wouldn’t be complete without people and if you would like to support us and take part in the project, then why not join us a volunteer.

So until we sea you soon (expect a lot of ‘sea’ in this blog) we hope you enjoy having a look around our blog, or even better by enjoying a trip to the museum and our wonderful café!


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