Great Yarmouth museum dedicated to Lord Nelson celebrates 15 years

Staff and volunteers of the museum with Mayor Kerry Robinson Payne

Staff and volunteers of the museum with Mayor Kerry Robinson Payne - Credit: Nelson museum

The Nelson Museum in Great Yarmouth has celebrated its 15th anniversary.

The museum was opened by the Duke of Edinburgh in 2002 and is dedicated to Lord Horatio Nelson.

The collection originated from the interest in the naval hero by Ben Burgess, but he died before the museum opened.

Kerry Payne, curator of the Nelson Museum, said: 'Five years ago, the museum almost closed. Great Yarmouth Borough Council came to the rescue enabling the museum to remain open.

'It is the only museum in the whole country dedicated solely to the memory of Lord Horatio Nelson.'

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The anniversary saw town mayor Kerry Robinson Payne visit the museum.

The museum is responsible for the opening of Nelson's Monument every Sunday from June to August. This year it celebrates the 200th anniversary of the laying of the foundation stone. A service wil take place on Sunday, 13 August at 2pm.

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