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Museum of the Broads ends 21st birthday celebrations with family fun day and prize draw

PUBLISHED: 10:17 28 October 2017 | UPDATED: 10:43 28 October 2017

Museum of the Broads at Stalham Staithe. Curator Nicola Hems. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Museum of the Broads at Stalham Staithe. Curator Nicola Hems. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

For more than 1,000 years man has played a role in shaping the landscape of the Broads.

Museum of the Broads at Stalham Staithe. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Museum of the Broads at Stalham Staithe. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Today the area is a renowned Norfolk tourist attraction drawing thousands of visitors each year, but at one stage was the centre of a major peat digging industry.

The history of the region and the people that influenced it is told at the Museum of the Broads, which this year celebrated its 21st birthday.

On Sunday the museum will end its season of celebrations with a prize draw open to members of the public.

Prizes will include a two night stay at the Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall, a £300 voucher from Broads Tours towards a holiday, a family ticket to BeWILDerwood and dinner for two at Delia’s Restaurant.

Museum of the Broads at Stalham Staithe. Picture : ANTONY KELLY Museum of the Broads at Stalham Staithe. Picture : ANTONY KELLY

Curator Nicola Hems said there would be plenty on the go for the whole family to enjoy.

“We’ll also have a Halloween trail for the family and tea and cake so everyone is welcome,” she said.

“The prize draw will take place at 2pm.”

Located in Stalham Staithe, the museum was started in 1996 to ensure an impressive collection of historical items related to the Broads was properly conserved.

Maria is a star attraction at the Museum of the Broads. Picture: Museum of the Broads Maria is a star attraction at the Museum of the Broads. Picture: Museum of the Broads

Mrs Hems said anyone with an interest in the Broads should visit as the museum gave detailed insight into the history of the area.

“The museum is run mainly by volunteers and was originally set up in Potter Heigham before moving to Stalham Staithe in 2000.

“Our collection has grown over the years and features exhibits ranging from the formation of the Broads, industry, wildlife, holidays, and a number of boats.

“It is all lovingly presented as engaging stories along with many interactive exhibits.”

She said over the past year they had focussed on raising funds for the museum’s historic Surlingham and Barton buildings, which date back to the early 1800s.

“They were originally used for storing cargo brought by Wherries to Stalham Staithe.”

The museum and its Victorian steam launch Falcon will feature on Channel 4 at 8pm on Sunday in Great Canal Journeys.

Timothy West and Prunella Scales, the stars of the show, recently spent time on the Broads filming for their new series.

Mrs Hems said they had taken the couple out for a cruise on Falcon from the museum to Barton Broad and back.

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