Henry Blogg Museum
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.
We’re still confirming the dates and events for 2017, but here's a preview of some of our plans:
Hope in the Great War
5 August–10 September 2017, 10am–4.45pm (closed Mondays)
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.
The museum offers a range of activities to groups of children 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.
To book your visit, please call 01263 511294 or email us.
Monte the dog
A storytelling session about the rescue of Henry Blogg's faithful companion. Suitable for ages 4–7.
Maximum pupil capacity: 15 children per session
Naval Architect Challenge
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
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.
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:
Sepoy resources - PDF 760KB - contemporary newspaper cuttings and service reports made by the lifeboat crew.
Sepoy classroom activities - PDF 156KB – suggestions and worksheets, including a newspaper writing frame, storyboard frame, Morse code and phonetic alphabet.
Sepoy story pack - PDF 951KB – a great way to introduce children to the 1933 rescue, using photographs and captions.
Remembering the English Trader
The Merchant Navy ship English Trader is being pounded to pieces, while stranded on a sandbank 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.
Duration: 40–45 minutes each
Maximum pupil capacity: 20 children per session
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’.
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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
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.
Public car parking is available in the town, ¼ mile away.