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New exhibition at Wymondham Heritage Museum

PUBLISHED: 12:49 26 February 2011

Tents put up between Nissen huts for D day casualties in 1944 at the Wymondham College site.

Tents put up between Nissen huts for D day casualties in 1944 at the Wymondham College site.

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The story of Wymondham College, which celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, is commemorated with a new exhibition at Wymondham Heritage Museum.

The museum re-opens on March 1 with six new displays which link aspects of the historic town’s past with what residents see today.

Photographs tell the story of how Wymondham College started in Second World War Nissen huts built for an American Army hospital in Morley and went on to flourish into one of Norfolk’s latest academies.

Story boards also show the history of Lotus in Norfolk from the 1950s to 1990s with models of racing cars and information on drivers, its links with Hethel airfield and founder Colin Chapman.

A Victorian recipe book helps undercover the Upstairs Downstairs life of two houses in Vicar Street, while Turning Back Time compares the shops of today with yesteryear in Town Green.

Another exhibition called Wymondham in the First World War has artefacts, photos, maps of the western front and details of where each Wymondham man who lost his life is buried.

Lastly the story of the town’s historic Bridewell is retold in a new display panel.

For children there are quizzes, dungeon visits and short films, while there is also a family history corner for those who want to find information about their own family tree. The museum, in Norwich Road, along with its gift shop, tea room and courtyard garden, will open from March to 
October, between 10am and 4pm from Monday to Saturday, and between 2pm and 
4pm on Bank Holiday Sundays.

For more information, call 01953 607494 or visit www.wymondhamheritagemuseum.co.uk

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