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Henry Blogg Museum

RNLI Henry Blogg museum viewed from the beach

​Coxswain Henry Blogg was a local man who became a national hero. The RNLI's most decorated lifeboatman served for 53 years on Cromer's lifeboats. He was awarded three Gold and four Silver RNLI medals for gallantry, as well as the George Cross and British Empire Medal.

With the assistance of his dedicated crew he saved 873 lives from the North Sea. 

How to find us

​Henry Blogg Museum
The Rocket House
The Gangway
Cromer
Norfolk
NR27 9ET
 
Telephone: 01263 511294
Email us

The museum is situated at the end of Cromer's promenade. To avoid the steep gangway, there is an alternative entrance to the museum from the cliff walkway to the rear of the building, which includes a lift. Public car parking is available in the town, 1/4 mile away.



The museum illustrates the history of Cromer's lifeboats and tells the story of Henry Blogg's most famous rescues. For 37 years he served as Coxswain at Cromer and from 193545 his lifeboat was the legendary HF Bailey, which is the centrepiece of the museum. Henry retired as Coxswain in 1947 and died in 1954.

 

 

 

 

Opening times 

February–
March​

April–
September

October–November

 

Tuesday–
Sunday​

Tuesday–
Sunday

Tuesday–
Sunday​

 

10am–4pm​

10am–5pm

10am–4pm​

 

​(Last admission 3.45pm)

​(Last admission 4.45pm)

​(Last admission 3.45pm)

Admission

Free

Please book ahead for group and school visits. Our education room is available for outside bookings. Please enquire for more details.

The building is fully accessible for wheelchair users with an internal lift and mezzanine. Read our accessibility statement.

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Events, Exhibitions and Activities

 

 
 Search and Rescue Game
 
Sunday 27 March, 10am to 4pm
Found all your Easter Eggs? How much harder could it be to find someone in trouble at sea? Play our game and find out!
 
 
 
 

 

The History of Tourism in North Norfolk

A North Norfolk Stories Exhibition

12-15 May 2016

 


Blood on the Beach: a 1950s Murder Mystery

14 May, 8.30pm: Booking Essential

Enjoy a night of murder and intrigue by torch light!
To discover the truth behind the terrible fate of Professor Cecil Hunter, a visiting fossil hunter who has gone missing before his lecture…
Meet colourful characters, along your way as you investigate and find clues around the town to help solve this murder so foul.
Booking is essential. Call Cromer Museum on 01263 513543 to book.
In partnership with Cromer Museum.
Part of the North Norfolk Stories festival for Museums at Night

 
 

 
 

 Deck Hands

  

Thursdays in August, 10am to 4pm 

Family activities for summer!

 
 
 

 'The Games We Played'
An exhibition of childhood board and card games
 
22 October - 20 November
 
Try out a game from the past, something more up to date, or make your own!
 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 

 
 
 

 


The museum offers a range of activities to groups of children and young people.

Please call or e-mail to book your visit.



Monte the Dog

A storytelling session about the rescue of Henry Blogg's faithful companion.

Suitable for ages 4 - 7

Lasts 20 - 25 minutes

Maximum 15 children per session

 

 

 

Naval Architect Challenge

Students explore materials used at sea and undertake an experiment to recommend a hull shape for a new lifeboat.

Suitable for ages 7 - 9

Consists of two sessions 40 - 45 minutes each.

Maximum 12 children per session.

 

 

Rescue to the Sepoy

Dress yourself in Henry Blogg's flat cap or cling onto the mast and pray to be rescued. Our drama workshop explores the feelings of the rescued as well as the rescuers.

Suitable for ages 7 - 11

Lasts 30 - 35 minutes

Maximum 25 children per session

A range of specially created activity suggestions, contemporary sources and original photographs are available to download below.  

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Sepoy sources - Contemporary newspaper cuttings and service reports made by the lifeboat crew.​

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Sepoy classroom activities - A range of suggestions and worksheets. Including a newspaper writing frame, storyboard frame, Morse code and phonetic alphabet.

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Sepoy story pack - This is a great way to introduce children to the 1933 rescue by Henry Blogg using photographs and captions.

Remembering the English Trader

The Merchant Navy ship English Trader is being pounded to pieces, while stranded on a sanbank in the North Sea. Will Coxswain Henry Blogg and the Cromer lifeboat crew be able to rescue the sailors in time? How did the English Trader get into such a predicament? Students are challenged to analyse and solve the problems of a rescue at sea during World War II.

Suitable for ages 8 - 11

Lasts 40 - 45 minutes

Maximum 20 children per session

Spporting on-line resources are available here.

  View resources.

Stop by our Henry Blogg Museum, take in Cromer’s rich history and learn about Henry Blogg’s courageous rescues.

Take a look at the shining reviews from our delighted visitors, who have described our museum as “wonderful”, a “hidden gem” and a “humbling experience”.

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