Monday, 14 April 2014

Great Yarmouth's outstanding Time & Tide Museum presents their amazing 'Super Models' exhibition

The Time & Tide museum is one of Norfolk’s real treasures, and offers the best introduction you’ll find to the fascinating and historic town of Great Yarmouth.

Time & Tide Museum 
Set in a beautifully preserved Victorian curing works, Time & Tide tells the story of Great Yarmouth from its Ice Age origins to the present day.  Discover the town's rich maritime heritage and its development as a popular seaside resort. Hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue and meet colourful characters who made their living from the sea.

This dynamic and family-friendly museum places fascinating archive films alongside recreations of local cottages, a noisy 1950s fish wharf and the charming shops of a 1913 ‘Row’.  The highlight is the unforgettable chance to step inside one of the towering original smokehouses, where the smell of smoked fish still lingers. 

 The museum regularly updates exhibitions and the latest one called 'Super Models' is a real winner, featuring characters from the movie 'One Million Years B.C.' and 'Wallace & Gromit - The Curse of the Were-Rabbit'.

This model of a Fisherman's Cottage was made by Norfolk model maker Joesph  'Darby' Evans. He often used recycled materials in his work. The cottage was made from salvaged wood that he helped to construct while workign as a pile-drive foreman


Wednesday, 9 April 2014

Visit the ' Lydia Eva ' Newly Restored Historic Steam Drifter Moored at Great Yarmouth.

An extensive makeover over the winter months has got the steam drifter  Lydia Eva looking her best since her launch over 80 years ago from Crabtree's Slipway in Great Yarmouth.

All on-board fixtures have been painted and varnished, brass has been polished and many mechanical parts, such as the ships telegraph have been completely overhauled.
Now volunteers caring for this historic vessel on the River Yare are aiming to make her a new season attraction for visitors to the town.

She opens to the public on on April 7th and visitors will be able to tour her seven days a week. Entry is free but there is also the opportunity for guided tours for individuals, private groups and schools.
Following an appeal in the EDP for new skippers, 12 people applied with the necessary qualifications to take charge of her when she goes out to sea. That means she will take people out on at least four occasions this summer.

This will be an expensive year for her because at the end of the season she has to go into dry dock for essential maintenance jobs - a cost of more than £20,000
To help with fundraising, Norfolk raconteur Keith Skipper has agreed to do a concert to support her and Gorleston Pavilion is giving the venue free-of-charge for the event on October 9th 2014, which will also feature some of the area's best musical talent. Tickets available from the Gorleston Pavilion Box-Office on tel: 01493 662832

And as well as the Lydia Eva, visitors will also be able to step on board her sister ship, The Mincarlo, which is moored at the Maritime Heritage Quay in Lowestoft. She is the last trawler of her type and will be open to visitors from late May.
The Mincarlo is in the early stages of restoration and it is hoped to get her fully operational.
Anyone interested in a hands-on experience can get further details at