Video: Guests take a trip down memory lane to mark museum’s birthday
16:30 15 July 2014
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History buffs enjoyed a trip back in time when they reunited to toast the success of the Norfolk museum they helped launch.
A celebratory gathering was held at Great Yarmouth’s popular Time and Tide Museum to mark its tenth anniversary, and those who helped get the attraction off the ground were among the guests who attended the special birthday party.
The £4.8m attraction launched in 2004 in a converted and refurbished former fish factory which closed in 1989, and since then has attracted a third of a million visitors.
Andrew Smith, operations manager, said yesterday’s celebrations had been “very successful”.
“It was a great way to mark the tenth anniversary. It has all been about celebrating the history of the 10 years with people that were here at the start of the process,” he said.
Later in the day the museum threw open its doors for free and stayed open late to say thank you to the community, and allow residents to explore the town’s history.
Staff from the nearby Great Yarmouth Pottery ran pottery workshops and visitors also got to explore the new reminiscence gallery, a treasure trove of iconic vintage artefacts from the 50s, 60s and 70s.
A Bakelite phone – which plays recorded memories and allows visitors to tape their own, a bright orange Chopper bike, soda siphons, a collection of milk bottles and an Action Man figure complete with its box are among the items filling the new exhibition space.
Mr Smith said: “It’s a real memory jogger for the history of our youth and there’s so much in there.”
“It’s a really nice mix of memories for people to jog their thoughts about their childhood and younger days.”
Also included in the new gallery is a section dedicated to charting music innovations through the decades, and car memorabilia.
Mr Smith said the museum now charted decades of history.
“It’s a whole journey that you take through the museum,” he added.
“The ground floor is very much about the history of the museum, the herring trade and local maritime connections that we have.
“As you go up the stairs it takes you through the history of Yarmouth and how it’s been involved with different periods of time. And then ont o the 50s and 60s.”
For more information about the museum visit www.museums.norfolk.gov.uk
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