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Norfolk museums celebrate record visitor numbers

Norwich Castle Museum. Credit: ITV News Anglia

There has been a big increase in the number of people visiting Norfolk's museums.

A record-breaking 426,110 people went to those run by the museums service over the last year, with a major exhibition on Lord Nelson helping Norwich Castle attract over half of those.

Great Yarmouth's Time & Tide Museum also saw a big spike in visitors, attracting a record 45,219 people - an increase of 22 per cent.

Across the 10 sites run by Norfolk Museums Service there was a nine per cent rise in visitors between April 2017 and March 2018.

The Nelson exhibition at Norwich Castle attracted thousands of visitors. Credit: ITV News Anglia

"The teams at all sites have done exceptionally well at offering visitors from near and far an amazing combination of exhibitions, events and activities over the last year.

"The Nelson & Norfolk exhibition attracted visitors from across the globe and has been shortlisted for a major national award. There are many more exciting projects to look forward to in the coming months."

– Cllr Margaret Dewsbury, Norfolk County Council

Major exhibitions in Norfolk this year included 'Nelson & Norfolk' at Norwich Castle and 'Rembrandt: Lightening the Darkness' .

All but one of the museums had higher numbers than the previous year:

  • Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery; 222,260 (2016/17: 205,223)
  • Museum of Norwich; 17,328 (2016/17: 14,271)
  • Strangers Hall, Norwich; 11,360 (2016/17: 9,735)
  • Tolhouse Museum, Great Yarmouth; 4,147 (2016/17: 3,626)
  • Elizabethan House Museum, Great Yarmouth; 10,558 (2016/17: 9,428)
  • Time & Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth; 45,219 (2016/17: 37,079)
  • Cromer Museum; 14,393 (2016/17: 14,203)
  • Lynn Museum; 16,403 (2016/17: 14,775)
  • Ancient House, Thetford; 9,654 (2016/17: 10,409)
  • Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse; 66,021 (2016/17: 61,197)