Henry Blogg Museum

The Henry Blogg Museum celebrates the most decorated lifeboatman in RNLI history, who served for 53 years on Cromer’s lifeboats. With the assistance of his crew, he saved over 873 lives from the North Sea.
An exterior shot of the Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer

Photo: RNLI

An exterior shot of the Henry Blogg Museum in Cromer
Henry Blogg and his dog, Monte

Coxswain Henry Blogg was a local man who became a national hero. During his 38 years as coxswain, he carried out 387 rescues and helped to save 873 lives. He was awarded many honours, including three Gold and four Silver Medals from the RNLI, the George Cross for general war service and a British Empire Medal. To this day, he remains the most decorated person in RNLI history.

The first of Henry's medal-winning rescues took place in 1917, when his crew launched four times in 14 hours in a terrible storm. Henry, who was awarded his first Gold Medal for the rescue, was commended for his remarkable personality and admirable leadership.

Henry remained as coxswain until he was 74 years old – 10 years beyond statutory retirement age.  By that time, he had served a remarkable 53 years on the lifeboat. The Henry Blogg Museum was founded to commemorate Cromer’s local legend.

Read more about Henry’s life

We’re still confirming the dates and events for 2017, but here's a preview of some of our plans:

Recording the wreck of the SS Fernebo

Saturday 24 to Sunday 25 June 2017, 10am–4pm

examining the wreck of the ss fernebo

The SS Fernebo split in two in January 1917,100 years later pieces of the wreckage are still visible at low tide. Join us and CITiZAN to learn how to record this coastal archaeology before it is lost completely. Booking in advance is essential. Confirm your place at eventbrite.




Cromer Lifeboat Day

Sunday 30 July

A fun day out for the whole family on Cromer Promenade and pier. The Lifeboat Day program includes the launch of both lifeboats, lifeguarding demonstrations, stalls, music and much more.

Hope in the Great War

5 August–10 September 2017, 10am–4.45pm (closed Mondays)

Hope in the Great War: a touring RNLI exhibition commemorating the centenary of the First World War

Our very own exhibition returns after touring for three years. Discover six stories of courage from around the country, ordinary people risking their lives to save others during the First World War. Find out how Henry Blogg earned his first gold medal for gallantry and the first ever RNLI bronze medals were awarded to Cromer men 100 years ago. Created by community groups, the exhibition includes a story quilt, an animation, drama and games. Find out more about the exhibition here.



Capturing the Moment

Saturday 23 September–Sunday 1 October 10am–4pm (closed Mondays)

maureen cherry art exhibition

Come and be inspired at our exhibition of artwork created by Maureen Cherry. Her work shows her response to the ever changing Norfolk coast.

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

Whether you want to learn more about Henry’s faithful companion Monte, undertake a naval architect challenge, or dress up as Coxswain Blogg himself and re-enact a rescue, there’s an activity for everyone. We can accommodate a range of group sizes and our activities are suitable for ages 4-11.

Try our brand new session Stories from the Sea: Survivors.

To book your visit, please call 01263 511294 or email us.


Survivors

School children take part in a sea survivors activity session

Photo: RNLI

School children take part in a sea survivors activity session.

On the night of 2 November 1938, a daring sea rescue took place off the coast of Cromer in Norfolk. For the people on board the SS Cantabria, attacked by a Spanish ship, on fire and sinking into the North Sea, it was life or death. For Henry Blogg and the Cromer lifeboat volunteers, it was business as usual. Suitable for ages 7-11.

Duration: two sessions, 45 minutes each (one at Cromer Museum)

Maximum pupil capacity: 15 children per session

Lesson plans and resources based on the session:


Monte the dogMonte the dog rescue activity illustration

A storytelling session about the rescue of Henry Blogg's faithful companion. Suitable for ages 4–7. 

Duration: 20–25 minutes

Maximum pupil capacity: 15 children per session


Naval Architect Challenge

Naval Architect Challenge Henry Blogg Museum activity

Students explore materials used at sea and undertake the challenge of creating a hull shape for a new lifeboat. Suitable for ages 7–9.

Can be combined with Cromer Museum to create a full day exploring science.

Duration: two sessions, 40–45 minutes each

Maximum pupil capacity: 12 children per session


Rescue to the Sepoy

Rescue to the Sepoy activity illustrationDress 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.

Duration: 30–35 minutes each

Maximum pupil capacity: 25 children per session

A range of specially created activity suggestions, resources and original photographs are available to download:

An interior shot of the Henry Blogg Museum, looking down onto the lifeboat. Plenty of visitors have stopped by our museum to 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 on TripAdvisor, who have described our museum as ‘wonderful’, a ‘hidden gem’ and a ‘humbling experience’.

Visit us

Museum address
Henry Blogg Museum
The Rocket House
The Gangway
Cromer
Norfolk
NR27 9ET

Telephone
01263 511294

Email
blogg_museum@rnli.org.uk

Accessibility
Disabled access

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Opening times

February–March
Tuesday–Sunday 
10am–4pm (last admission 3:45pm)

April–September
Tuesday–Sunday
10am–5pm (last admission 4.15pm) 

October–November

Tuesday–Sunday 
10am–4pm (last admission 3.45pm)   

Admission

Free

Group and school visits are welcome, but please book first. 

How to find us

By foot
The museum is situated at the end of Cromer’s promenade. To avoid the steep gangway, there’s an alternative entrance to the museum from the cliff walkway to the rear of the building, which includes a lift. 

By car
Public car parking is available in the town, ¼ mile away.