The Great Yarmouth Time and Tide museum could undergo a major overhaul

10:56 am January 26, 2022

A popular museum showcasing Great Yarmouth’s heyday as a center of fishing and tourism could face a major overhaul if a bid for National Lottery money is successful.

The city’s Time and Tide museum opened in a Victorian herring salting factory in 2004 and Norfolk Museum Service bosses are hoping a lottery bid will help celebrate its 20th anniversary with an ambitious redevelopment.

The Museum of Time and Tides at Great Yarmouth.
– Credit: Danielle Boden

Advisors will be invited on Friday (January 28) to support the start of a bid process with the National Heritage Lottery Fund.

Museum bosses said that if the bid is successful, the project would create new spaces by sensitively adapting and glazing part of the museum’s courtyard space.

They said a “reinvented” space at the heart of the museum would help meet growing demand from visitors and schools, while providing space for events to bring additional revenue to the museum.

Some of the museum’s existing galleries would be refreshed, the layout and visitor flow improved, and the collections re-displayed.

The Museum of Time and Tides in Great Yarmouth

The Museum of Time and Tides at Great Yarmouth.
– Credit: Norfolk County Council

The patrons said the existing award-winning galleries would be upgraded in line with current historical research and best practice in heritage interpretation.

The project would also commission and integrate new contemporary works created in response to the historic building and the fishing industry.

The project would also reduce the museum’s carbon footprint, to help meet Norfolk County Council’s goal of a net zero carbon footprint on its estate by 2030.

Museum leaders say better environmental and security conditions would mean the museum could attract more high-profile loans and exhibitions.

Norfolk’s Joint Museums Committee, made up of councilors from county, district, town and borough councils, is likely to agree to an expression of interest in lottery money being drawn up.

Steve Miller

Steve Miller, director of culture and heritage at Norfolk County Council.
– Credit: Bill Smith

Steve Miller, Director of Culture and Heritage at Norfolk County Council, said: “As Time and Tide looks to its 20th anniversary, we want to rejuvenate this historically significant building and its nationally significant collections.

“This new, reimagined space at the heart of the museum would help us guide the museum into the next 20 years and beyond.

“We look forward to a discussion with our Joint Museums Committee members and partners as we begin to explore these exciting options.”