Temporary Exhibitions

While much of the Museum's display is permanent, we also run four special temporary exhibitions each year.

Special temporary exhibitions planned for the 2017 season:

1st April – 21st May: Inspector Norman and the Beccles Bank Robbery of 1921, telling the story of how Beccles Police Inspector Charles Norman and Special Constable Humphrey Durrant won the King's Medal, apprehending the armed robbers after a chase in a motorcycle and sidecar and a shoot-out.

23rd May – 16th July: The Role of Women During the Great War - A Beccles Perspective, an exploration of the vital work done by women in our area a hundred years ago during the Great War. 

18th July – 3rd Sept: Beccles and District Historical Society 90th Anniversary Exhibition, celebrating its 90th birthday, an exhibition put on by the Historical Society featuring objects from the 1920s.

5th Sept – 31st Oct: Waveney Valley Community Archaeology - through a digital display, an opportunity to see the recent work and techniques of Waveney Valley Community Archaeology.


Special temporary exhibitions held in 2016:

  • 'Out of the Ground', 26th March - 5th June: an exhibition featuring objects found by members of the public in Beccles and surrounding area in their gardens, buildings sites, fields etc. The exhibits included fossils, prehistoric tools, coins, personal accessories, weapons and munitions and a wide range of other objects.
  • First World War Exhibition, 7th June - 31st July: the third of our First World War commemorative exhibitions, this time focusing on Beccles and District in 1916. The year 1916 saw the introduction of conscription and the Battles of the Somme and Jutland.
  • Agincourt to Joan of Arc , 2nd August - 4th September: an exhibition mounted by the Beccles Twinning Association celebrating 38 years of friendship between Beccles and Petit-Couronne (Normandy). The exhibition included timelines showing the chief local and national events in Beccles and Petit-Couronne during the 38 years from 1415 to 1453, and a timeline illustrating the key events in the 38 years of the current twinning association between the two towns
  • Children's Clothing through the Ages, 6th September - 30th October: a fascinating display of the different ways we have dressed children over the last 150 years.

Special temporary exhibitions held in 2015:

  • Leman House and the PNEU School, 1st April to 31st May: our second exhibition exploring the theme of schools and education in Beccles, this one focusing on the PNEU school which opened in this building in 1947. Miss Pagan was the popular Head of the school during the 1960s and 1970s. There were displays of photographs and diaries from the time.
  • "Bags of Delight", 2nd June to 19th July:  Beccles Craft Group put on a display of bags, some which they had made and others that had come from the Embroiders' Guild's National Collection.
  • First World War: the Home Front in Beccles, 21st July to 6th September: following the centenary commemorations, this display revisited the subject of the Great War, this time looking more closely at the effects of the war on those people who stayed at home.
  • Beccles Industries, 8th September to 31st October: covering a variety of Beccles Industries over the years, particularly over the last two centuries.