Boat Conservation

Here you will be able to keep up to date with our boat diaries as we document the conservation work taking places on our 3 historic vessels – the Coronation YH671, Shipmates and Grace over the summer.


Work was scheduled to begin at the start of June and we are pleased to say that with thanks to the great British weather, we were able to start on the 6th June with hep from our conservation and volunteer team.

The Coronation YH671:

Due to the size of this vessel, she will remain in our courtyard and current position whilst undergoing all conservation work. The majority of the work is treatment based and will be carried out by our specialist boat conservator Kelvin with support from Norfolk Museums Service conservator David. As they carry out the repair work and treatment procedures, they will be able to share this with the volunteers and museum staff to ensure that their knowledge in collections care and conservation is preserved.


Is currently at our conservators workshop, where all structural work will be carried out. By moving the beach skiff to the specialist workshop, it will allow for work to be undertaken should the weather conditions not allow any outdoor work at the museum. The workshop will also be the appropriate setting to complete the required works before she is returned us for the next stage of conservation work (stripping down and re-painting).



Is currently undergoing the necessary work which will see all of the damaged and worn surface removed, along with any lose areas of paint – which so far has come in many layers. We are beginning to get an understanding of just how much paint has been applied over the years and it highlights the importance of stripping back the boat to uncover its history and functions as both a leisure and fishing boat.