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“A Step back into the not too distant past”

Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
Ranked #7 of 20 things to do in Fakenham
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Reviewed 20 November 2015

We are very fortunate to have this unique museum in Fakenham. If you visit make sure you watch the introductory video first, it puts everything else in context and you can get so much more out of the visit.
We were fortunate that Dr Bridges recently retired Chairman was on hand to show us round and give us the wonderful insight into what it must have been like when in full flow so to speak. His extensive knowledge of the workings and history of the Gasworks made for a fascinating visit. He has also produced some very detailed guides to the Geology and Soils of the area for those with an interest. The exhibitions are interesting and if you are say over 60 years many of the appliances will bring back memories. I would not really suggest that this is a visit for children unless you arm them with the process of obtaining Town Gas from Coal before the visit, then it would be excellent for young Chemistry students.
There are other exhibitions there but we did not have time to visit so will return soon. A suggested donation of £3.50 is in my opinion well worth it. The volunteers have done a wonderful job of preservation and run a museum that they should be proud of.

Thank Jim H
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Reviewed 15 October 2015

This place is run by volunteers, its free to get in but of course they rely on donations. You start off by seeing a short video, then you are personally escorted round by very knowledgeable staff. My husband loved the retort which is still in its original building.

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Reviewed 21 September 2015

This may be a small museum, but it gives a wonderful insight not only into the gas industry but also the history of Fakenham.
The 'gas' section allows you to see all the processes for converting coal to gas, including a gasometer, retort house tar pit etc. In the former offices you will also find fine displays from cookers, and other gas appliances, meters, mantles, heaters, and even irons.
The local history section is also of interest and features when Fakenham was bombed during the war, the railways, print industry, and much, much more.
Entrance is free, but donations are welcome to keep the museum afloat. Opening times are limited as it is run by volunteers.

Thank Roland T
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Reviewed 17 September 2015

The Fakenham Gas Museum is the only surviving town gasworks in England and Wales, complete with all equipment used for the manufacture of town gas from coal, doesn't sound too interesting but a visit soon changed that impression.
Access is easiest by motor vehicle although there is no immediate parking available with the nearest car parks in Fakenham, a reasonable walk away.
There is a single unisex toilet, but no refreshments.
The museum is housed in original buildings with original gas producing equipment.
There is a very good collection of gas appliances dating back to the late 19th.
It is a very compact site with everything on level ground, allow 1-2 hours to view.
This museum is worth a passing visit if only to remind ourselves of how we've progressed through technology, however check opening times since it depends on volunteers..

Thank Pauline R
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Reviewed 10 July 2015

A museum of gas? In North Norfolk? What a fun thing to do and see! Ranges of old cookers (pun intended), lots of knobs and pipes, and a true history of the development of gas in domestic and industrial uses across the region make this a very engaging small museum.

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