Coxswain Henry Blogg was a local man who became a national hero. The RNLI's most decorated lifeboatman served for 53 years on Cromer's lifeboats. He was awarded three Gold and four Silver RNLI medals for gallantry, as well as the George Cross and British Empire Medal.
With the assistance of his dedicated crew he saved 873 lives from the North Sea.
Henry Blogg MuseumThe Rocket HouseThe GangwayCromerNorfolkNR27 9ET Telephone: 01263 511294Email us
The museum is situated at the end of Cromer's promenade. To avoid the steep gangway, there is 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, 1/4 mile away.
The museum illustrates the history of Cromer's lifeboats and tells the story of Henry Blogg's most famous rescues. For 37 years he served as Coxswain at Cromer and from 1935–45 his lifeboat was the legendary HF Bailey, which is the centrepiece of the museum. Henry retired as Coxswain in 1947 and died in 1954.
1- 14 December 2014
Saturday &Sunday only
Please book ahead for group and school visits. Our education room is available for outside bookings. Please enquire for more details.
The building is fully accessible for wheelchair users with an internal lift and mezzanine. Read our accessibility statement.
The museum runs events for children and adults throughout the year, from exhibitions to storytelling sessions. Contact the museum for more information.
2–31 August 2014, 10am–5pm (Closed Mondays)
From Victorian volunteer fire brigades to today’s dedicated coastguard crews, this exhibition tells the story of the creation and development of the emergency services. Discover objects from around the East of England and explore the lives of those working on the front line and the emergencies they save and protect us from.
Produced by Epping Forest District Museum.
6 September–5 October 2014, 10am-4pm (Closed Mondays)
From the dazzling dresses of the Paris couture houses, to the ready to wear styles of Marks and Spencer, this exhibition explores both the everyday and the extraordinary fashions of the 1950s. Discover how the fashions of the stars were first created and then adapted to be worn by the everyday family. Choose a track from the ‘juke box’. Try on some 1950s fashion.
Produced by Epping Forest District Museum.
A storytelling session about the rescue of Henry Blogg's faithful companion.
Suitable for ages 4 - 7
Lasts 20 - 25 minutes
Maximum 15 children per session
Students explore materials used at sea and undertake an experiment to recommend a hull shape for a new lifeboat.
Suitable for ages 7 - 9
Consists of two sessions 40 - 45 minutes each.
Maximum 12 children per session.
Can be combined with sessions at Cromer Museum to create a full day exploring science.
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
Lasts 30 - 35 minutes
Maximum 25 children per session
A range of specially created activity suggestions, contemporary sources and original photographs are available to download below.
Sepoy sources - Contemporary newspaper cuttings and service reports made by the lifeboat crew.
Sepoy classroom activities - A range of suggestions and worksheets. Including a newspaper writing frame, storyboard frame, Morse code and phonetic alphabet.
Sepoy story pack - This is a great way to introduce children to the 1933 rescue by Henry Blogg using photographs and captions.
A brand new activity for 2013. The Merchant Navy ship English Trader is being pounded to pieces, while stranded on a sanbank 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
Lasts 40 - 45 minutes
Maximum 20 children per session
Spporting on-line resources are available here.
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