Background

Marshland Maritime Museum
 This small award winning museum is the creation of Royal Naval veteran Mike Smith & his wife Jo.
It is housed in two purpose-built buildings at their home in Clenchwarton, near Kings Lynn, Norfolk & contains over 3000 items of Royal Naval memorabilia, mainly dating from the 1950's to the present day. It is one of the largest collections of Royal Naval artefacts permanently on display anywhere in this country. Mike & Jo had been collecting "Naval Curios" for over 25 years when they realised that the collection had outgrown their home & they need to be displayed in a manner better suited to encourage visitors. In 2004 they erected the first building in the grounds of their home followed by the second in 2009. They now welcome a steady stream of visitors, both summer & winter, mainly former sailors, Royal Naval Association Branches & ship associations. combining a nostalgic expedition with enjoying the hospitality of the nearby Victory Inn. The museum also attracts young people from local Sea Cadet Units & schools and has been used for fund raising events such as the Poppy Appeal & Help for Heroes. Mike is pleased to share his memories of service at sea in destroyers, submarines & minesweepers. May of the exhibits are directly connected to ships in which he served. In recent years the museum has extended the range of exhibits to include ships & uniforms from some other navies & an extensive collection of equipment from Ton Class Minesweepers. The Ton Class Association (TCA) is a keen supporter of the Museum. Over the years Mike & Jo have invested thousands of pounds of their own money in building up the collection. Naval men have also donated uniforms & equipment and more is always welcome. Please note that this is a privately owned museum. There is NO CHARGE for Entrance, but donations for the upkeep of the museum are always appreciated. It is essential to book ahead (phone: 01553 765530 e-mail: mmmuseum@btinternet.com) to ensure that the museum will be open to give you a warm welcome & a cheery cup of tea. The Premier Inn at Clenchwarton is a convenient base from which to explore the many tourist attractions of Kings Lynn & the district of West Norfolk and the Fens (www.visitnorfolk.co.uk)

Just down the road there is a first class pub just a couple of hundred yards  from the Museum; Warm  hospitality, good range of beers and wines, excellent food in comfortable surroundings.

Landlords Wayne Howard & Beata Dyrda welcome all visitors to the museum. If visiting the museum 'mob handed' i.e. a coach load, and intend to also visit the pub  can we request that you warn Wayne prior to your visit by calling him on 01553 775668. Many thanks.

 

Jo & Doreen Down, wife of TCA Hon Sec, sampling the local beer ?

"I touch my country's mind, I come to grips with half her purpose, thinking of these ships...

They mark our passage as a race of men.

Earth will not see such ships as those again"

 

John Masefield

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