Swaffham Museum open for birthday year

Some of the new artefacts on show as Swaffham Museum, now on display for 2017
Museum volunteer archivist Emma Ward with some of the Carter Family paintings, including the The old vicarage Swaffham in winter, by Samuel John Carter from 1846.

Some of the new artefacts on show as Swaffham Museum, now on display for 2017 Museum volunteer archivist Emma Ward with some of the Carter Family paintings, including the The old vicarage Swaffham in winter, by Samuel John Carter from 1846.

Two new exhibitions have been launched as the Swaffham Museum re-opened for its 30th anniversary year this week.

Originally opened in 1987, the milestone will be formally marked during the Heritage Open Day celebrations in September.

Some of the new artefacts on show as Swaffham Museum, now on display for 2017
Museum Volunteer Steward Sue Kilby with some of the Max Mueller work on display.

Some of the new artefacts on show as Swaffham Museum, now on display for 2017 Museum Volunteer Steward Sue Kilby with some of the Max Mueller work on display.

But there was plenty new for visitors to see as the London Street venue opened its doors for the first time in 2017 on Monday.

One of the displays is based on the diary of 19th century town shoemaker James Philo, who worked from his home a stone’s throw from the museum site.

The other features paintings which had been kept in the museum store until now and are mostly from the family of the town’s most famous son, Howard Carter.

Museum spokesman Veronica Hutchby said: “They’re mostly from Samuel John, father to Howard, and Harry Carter, who was well respected for his village signs. There are some copies of Harry’s original designs.”

Some of the new artefacts on show as Swaffham Museum, now on display for 2017
2 stencil drawings by Max Mueller completed while a POW at the Cockley Cley Camp in 1944

Some of the new artefacts on show as Swaffham Museum, now on display for 2017 2 stencil drawings by Max Mueller completed while a POW at the Cockley Cley Camp in 1944

The exhibition also features work by graphic designer and former German prisoner of war Max Mueller, who settled in the area following his release from the prisoner of war camp at nearby Cockley Cley.

Other new highlights for this year include a new museum trail and an activity testing visitors on whether they can use a 1930s typewriter.