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Fakenham Museum of Gas and Local History
Ranked #7 of 20 things to do in Fakenham
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Reviewed 30 August 2016

Fakenham Gas Museum sounds like a bit of a joke and features regularly in lists of oddball attractions, so we were prepared to be a bit underwhelmed, but our experience was just the opposite. It's really informative, with lots of industrial plant which extracted the gas from the coal to view. The volunteers are pleasant and explain things clearly, and as well as gas related topics there are displays on other local history themes, as well as local geology, plus an interesting, if rather overacted introductory video. We allowed an hour for our visit which was not long enough, and will look to go back to see the rest of the contents, Anyone with an interest in industrial history will love this place, and the rest can impress there friends by telling them about this quirky place. There are limited opening hours, so check before you travel and allow plenty of time for your visit. Entry is free donations are requested.

Thank Jeff1903
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

Many have forgotten the years of coal gas and the miners that gave their lives to mine the coal to produce the gas for lighting, heating and cooking. An eye opener to young people who have no concept of the former years

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Reviewed 3 June 2016

We visited the Museum Of Gas and found it a very interesting way to spend an hour or two. The volunteer staff couldn't have been any more friendly and helpful. They were also very knowledgeable on the gas making process and other topics too.
Who knew just how much went into providing the coal or town gas we all used before natural gas became the fuel of choice in the UK.
A good selection of older gas appliances were on show along with other interesting pieces of equipment.
If required a member of staff will provide a guided tour or you can as we chose to do wander around on your own with the optional guide book available for two pounds.
It would be churlish to find any fault at all especially given the free admission.
Donations can be deposited in the provided boxes, but at no stage mentioned or requested.
These type of museums are vital to keep our heritage alive so a big thank you to the volunteers at Fakenham Museum Of Gas for all their efforts.

Thank Richard S
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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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