The Norfolk Museums Development Foundation (NMDF) is an independent charity that was established in May 2014 to support Norfolk Museums Service and its partner organisations to secure funding for activities delivered by all ten NMS museums.

The Norfolk Museums Development Foundation (NMDF) is an independent charity that was established in May 2014 to support Norfolk Museums Service and its partner organisations to secure funding for activities delivered by all ten NMS museums.

The Foundation is registered as a company limited by guarantee number 9027498 and is registered with the Charity Commission under charity number 1158727.

The Board of Trustees support museum staff to fundraise for the Service against an annual fundraising strategy that is agreed with the Norfolk Joint Museums Committee. The Foundation carries out its objectives by raising funds from grant giving bodies, individual donors, and corporate sponsors to support a wide variety of museum activities including exhibitions and displays, capital improvements, conservation, learning and outreach.  By supporting activities like these the NMDF supports the Museum Service to achieve the key goals set out in its strategic plan.

Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery

Built by the Normans as a Royal Palace over 900 years ago, Norwich Castle is now a museum and art gallery and home to some of the most outstanding collections of fine and decorative arts, archaeology and natural history, not only in the region but the country.

Strangers’ Hall, Norwich

This atmospheric building is one of Norwich’s oldest and most fascinating buildings, dating back to 1320. Strangers’ Hall was once home to the wealthy merchants and mayors who made medieval Norwich a great city. Stroll through a maze of interlinked rooms enriched with textiles and period objects, bringing the days of the Tudors and Stuarts vividly to life.

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

This lively community-centred museum provides a fascinating insight into the rare Tudor house it occupies, alongside the wider history of Thetford and the Brecks.

The Tollhouse, Great Yarmouth

This 12th century site is one of the country’s oldest prisons. It vividly brings to life the story of crime and punishment in Great Yarmouth.

Gressenhall Farm & Workhouse

This wonderful family-friendly 50 acre site is the home of Norfolk’s rural life museum. It also features a working farm and a restored workhouse. The museum is a great day out whether you want to learn about the lives of Norfolk people in the past or relax and have a good time with your friends and family. You’ll need a whole day to begin to discover all its wonders.

The Museum of Norwich

The Bridewell has been a merchant’s house, a house of correction, a tobacco warehouse and a shoe factory. Now The Museum of Norwich, it tells the stories of the people who helped create our modern city.

Cromer Museum

Located on the High Street this converted fisherman’s cottage explores the history of Cromer as a popular seaside resort and a geological area of international importance.

Time & Tide Museum of Great Yarmouth Life

Set in a preserved Victorian herring curing works the museum celebrates the unique story of Great Yarmouth from prehistoric origins to the present day. Wander through a Victorian ‘Row’ and see inside a fisherman’s home. Experience the heady atmosphere of a 1950s quayside, take the wheel of a coastal Drifter and hear gripping tales of wreck and rescue on the high seas.

Lynn Museum, King’s Lynn

This vibrant community museum tells the West Norfolk Story and features a gallery dedicated to Seahenge, the unique 4,000-year-old timber circle.

 

Elizabethan House Museum, Great Yarmouth

This handsome 16th century home invites you to look into the lives of the families who lived there, from Tudor through to Victorian times.

 

How donations help

Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn

Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn

Norwich Castle: Royal Palace Reborn Battlements, banquets and conquering kings – Norwich Castle has always been a landmark of majesty and historical drama. Now, the Castle Keep is being transformed back to its original form – the Great Hall and palatial residence of...

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Saving Samson

Saving Samson

Saving Samson Originally installed in 1657 by order of Christopher Jay, Mayor of Norwich, outside his Tombland home, Samson stood guard in Tombland alongside his partner Hercules until the statues were removed in 1993 and replaced with fibreglass replicas.The statues...

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Duleep Singh – Ancient House Museum

Duleep Singh – Ancient House Museum

Duleep Singh – Ancient House Museum Thetford’s Ancient House Museum owes its existence to the generosity of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, son of the last Maharajah of the Punjab. As well as giving funds to buy the house and paying for its restoration he also...

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Our funders

The Norfolk Museums Development Foundation is extremely grateful for the support received from the charitable trusts and foundations below towards the public activities delivered by Norfolk Museums Service. You can find out more about them by clicking on the relevant logo.

Contact

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Registered Office:
Norfolk Museums Development Foundation
Shirehall
Market Avenue
Norwich
NR1 3JQ

01603 222594 / 01603 493625