Wish you were here? A look at Lowestoft’s past

Lowestoft Museum is set to open this Easter and has a new collection of postcards and period costume

Lowestoft Museum is set to open this Easter and has a new collection of postcards and period costumes.PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

They are charming images that provide snapshots of a bygone era.

From pictures of Lowestoft's heyday as a fishing port, to others celebrating its past as a leading resort, these postcards capture the story of the town and its surrounding neighbourhoods.

They are part of a collection, from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, which has just gone on display as part of a new exhibit at the Lowestoft Museum.

Dennis Chivers, 68, Lowestoft Museum committee member, said: 'This is the first time the postcards have been on display and I am sure they will provide visitors with memories of times gone by.

'Images of the old Lowestoft swimming pool bring back vivid memories, especially of how cold the water was.'

Another addition to the museum, which benefited from the EDP's Community Chest Fund, is the Model Rooms and Shops display; created by Lowestoft couple Stacy and Evelyn Fincham.

These finely detailed models demonstrate Lowestoft life throughout the 20th century, situated on a lower platform so younger visitors can enjoy them.

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Other new exhibits, for the 2016 season include an ornate Victorian lace wedding dress and a black flapper dress; along with a collection of cigarette cases, purses and brooches.

'People who have seen the new exhibitions have said how much they enjoy the images of Lowestoft from the past and the memories the postcards conjure,' said Lowestoft Museum committee member David Curl, 69. 'This year we wanted to make the museum more family-friendly by creating exhibitions which appealed to children. The new displays also allow us to show more of the heritage and history of Lowestoft.'

Do you have a Lowestoft story? Email simon.ward@archant.co.uk

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