Why a Museum for Watton?
Many market towns in Norfolk have museums but, amazingly, Watton with over a thousand years of history didn’t and in 2014 plans were set in place by members of the community to rectify this!
The Town Council kindly provided space in Wayland Hall, to house the museum, and after much hard work the team managed to obtain funding from the Heritage Lottery fund and in March 2018 the museum opened its doors to the public. We are delighted that over 6000 visitors have now passed through our doors!
The museum is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation run entirely by unpaid trustees and volunteers and is open Wednesday to Saturday from 10 am to 4 pm. Entry is free (but of course we are happy to receive voluntary donations in our begging bowl!
Whether you’re interested in the RAF and USAF, the “Crab and Winkle Line” railway, local businesses, social history of Watton, coins (ranging from an Iceni gold coin through medieval and later all found locally), Loch Neaton or pretty much anything else Watton related you’ll be amazed at our range of displays. Younger visitors can also join in our “mouse hunt” to win a prize!