Bridewell Museum

July 12, 2012

After a long wait whilst refurbishment was taking place, the much anticipated reopening of The Bridewell Museum finally happened on 3rd July.

Costing £1.5m this redevelopment project has given this Norwich treasure a much needed face lift and it certainly seems to be worthy of this investment.

The museum tells the story of Norwich and its people by focusing on the trades and goods which the city has produced over its long history.

For Vintage Norwich the most interesting sections were the Shopping and Trading collection which highlighted the shops of the city with trade displays, memorabilia and some of the actual products sold.

Another fantastic, and much missed, display is The Pharmacy, a recreated display of pharmaceutical goods.

We also enjoyed a new room, dedicated to Norwich since the war, which had displays of vintage kitchenalia and board games plus a great 1950s living room where you can sit on a comfy sofa and watch television– or at least archive footage of the people of Norwich.

New to the museum, and situated in the foyer, is the fantastic History Wall, which some of you may have contributed to after our post back in April! Looking just like a painting of well-known Norwich cityscapes it is actually made of 9000 digital images sent in by the public via Facebook, Twitter and email.

If you contributed make sure you get along and see if you spot your photo!

Bridewell museum on Bridewell Alley, Norwich, is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4:30pm. 
Adult admission costs £4.40.
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Lucy moved back to Norwich from London a few years ago, and is delighted to find there’s much more to see and do here now than in her day! Mind you, anything is a step up from a warm pint of cider in the now defunct Nag’s Head!

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