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


Saturday 31 March, 10am  - 4pm

Jellyfish, crabs, sharks and seaweed...

Help us create an underwater scene in the museum.


7 - 15 April,  10am - 4pm (closed Monday)

An exhibition by some of our favourite local artists. Reflecting life on the coast through painting, textiles and sculpture.

Morning dip painting by Maureen Cherry


Saturday 19 May, 10am - 4pm

Create crab brooches from pins and beads.

Suitable for age 10 and over.


Thursday 31 May, 10am - 4pm

Flags are still used to send messages.

Design and make your own signal flag.

Cromer Lifeboat Day 

Sunday 22 July, from 10am

Lifeboat launches, lifeguarding, music, stalls, children’s activities and more along Cromer Promenade.

Cromer Promenade


Saturday 20 October, 10am - 4pm

Create a lighthouse to take home.

Handmade lighthouse

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.


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:

Visit England Best Told Story awardPlenty 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 England awarded our museum the Best Told Story Accolade for a third year. The award is given only to visitor attractions that provide a top quality experience. 


Visit us

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

01263 511294


Disabled access

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Opening times

10am–4pm (last admission 3:45pm)

10am–5pm (last admission 4.15pm) 


10am–4pm (last admission 3.45pm)   



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.