Princess Royal’s visit to Stalham museum

An impromptu tour of a steam powered boat marked the Princess Royal's visit to Stalham on Wednesday

The Princess Royal was visiting the Museum of the Broads on The Staithe, Stalham, to launch their touch screen project – new computers which allow visitors to view images and boat plans from the museum's collection which are not normally on display.

While taking the tour, which included meeting the volunteers who work at the museum and invited guests, the Princess, wearing a mustard coloured coat and navy dress and sunglasses, climbed aboard the Victorian Falcon steam powered boat moored up on the riverside by the museum.

The Princess, who made herself comfortable sitting in the boat, spent around 10 minutes chatting to volunteers manning the boat asking them about their work, before climbing back out and exclaiming to one of the museum trustees, 'You have not found any more like that have you?'.

There are two touch screens in place at the museum where people can access a range of archive material. A third computer screen which is not a touch screen but has a standard mouse and keyboard, has more than 200 digitally copied boat plans.

Curator Nicola Hems said when the Princess had approached the touch screen and seen a picture of herself from when she visited Wroxham in 2008 she did stop and look before then asking where to touch to make the screen work.

Earlier in the day, the Princess had been visiting the World Horse Welfare in Snetterton and was due to go onto the Royal Norfolk Show this afternoon.

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For more on the visit, see tomorrow's papers.

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