The Museum is run entirely by unpaid volunteers as below:


The Museum is an independent charity with up to fifteen Trustees managing the strategic planning and financing. The Chairman is Alan Wheeler and he is assisted by the Secretary, Bernie Broom and Treasurer, David Broom.


The Museum Curator, Alan Wheeler, is in overall charge of the collection, including displays, storage, care and conservation and the maintenance of records. He is always pleased to answer enquiries from the public or to support those researching aspects of local history.

The Curator is assisted by a team of volunteers, some of whom have specialist skills or specialise in specific areas of the collection. The Museum covers a broad spread of local social history through its collection of objects, local photographs and documents, a collection of fabrics, old newspapers, books and art work.

Public Enquiries

The Museum has a growing local history database. This is maintained by the Museum's Historian, David Lindley, who deals with historical and family tree enquiries.

To contact the Curator or the Historian, please email:

Individual, family and group visits are welcomed from Beccles and District, and beyond. Group visits may be made outside normal opening hours subject to staff being available.

For school visits, the Museum specialises in taking school children back to Victorian days, but other subjects can often be catered for on request.

Staffing for opening hours

During opening hours the public area of the Museum is manned by Stewards who normally work in teams of two or three and average one afternoon every four weeks. The Stewards' organiser is Michelle Golding, who can be contacted by anyone interested in helping through the Museum's email address:

The Museum is committed to providing free entrance to visitors and therefore financial donations are needed and very much appreciated. We would encourage the use of Gift Aid as this adds to the value of any donation.