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December fun at Norfolk museums thanks to The National Lottery

06 December 2017

Five Norfolk museums will be opening their doors for free or providing special offers to National Lottery players on Saturday 16 December 2017.

Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, Museum of Norwich, Time and Tide Museum in Great Yarmouth and Ancient House Museum in Thetford will be throwing open their doors for free to National Lottery players on Saturday 16 December 2017.

Lynn Museum – which is free during the winter months – will be offering Lottery ticket holders a free glass of warm spiced apple and a mince pie, while Ancient House Museum is also offering a complimentary family trail alongside free entry.

They are joining participating National Lottery funded visitor attractions across the UK in saying thanks to people who have raised money for good causes by buying a lottery ticket.

Since 2010 these five museums have together received £3.5m investment from the Heritage Lottery Fund, with Norfolk Museums Service’s ten museums as a whole receiving over £5.5m. This money has paid for a wide range of projects which have transformed the service's offer to visitors. These include major capital projects like the redevelopment of the Museum of Norwich (almost £1m), acquisition of amazing objects like the Medieval glass roundels on display in Norwich Castle Keep which have enriched the collections, and a wide range of activities and displays.

Currently the Heritage Lottery Fund is supporting the development phase of the Norwich Castle: Gateway to Medieval England project which will transform Norwich Castle’s iconic Keep back to its original form as a Norman royal palace.

Ros Kerslake, Chief Executive of the Heritage Lottery Fund, said:

“December is a wonderful time to experience the UK’s rich, diverse and exciting heritage, which has been transformed by more than £7bn National Lottery funding since 1994. This is a small gesture of thanks and a way of giving something back to the people who buy tickets.”

The idea is simple: any visitor who presents a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard on Saturday 16 December at any of the five participating museums gets free entry to Norwich Castle, Museum of Norwich, Time and Tide Museum and Ancient House, and a free glass of warm spiced apple and a mince pie at Lynn Museum in return.

Chairman of Norfolk Joint Museums Committee and Chairman of Norfolk County Council, Councillor John Ward, said: “Thanks to National Lottery players we’ve been able achieve so much more over the past decade than we would have otherwise been able to. Their support has touched on every aspect of our work – from collections to exhibitions to displays and learning projects. It has been genuinely transformational for the Museums Service and for our visitors – Thank you from all of us who love our museums.”

For more information, please go to the Norfolk Museums website.

Offer details:

  • One National Lottery ticket provides free entry for up to one family of six to the following participating Norfolk Museums Service museums, including all weekend family events, only. Participating museums are: Ancient House Museum, Thetford; Museum of Norwich; Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery and Time and Tide Museum, Great Yarmouth. Ancient House Museum is also offering a free family trail (usual cost 50p). Lynn Museum – which is free at this time of year – will offer a free glass of warm spiced apple and a mince pie to Lottery ticket holders
  • All National Lottery games qualify for free entry, including tickets from any National Lottery draw-based game (Lotto, Euromillions, Thunderball and HotPicks) or National Lottery Scratchcard. Proof of ticket can be paper or digital. Date of draw/purchase is not relevant
  • The offer is valid for Saturday 16 December 2017 only
  • Opening hours at participating museums on Saturday 16 December are as follows:
    Ancient House Museum: 10am-4pm
    Lynn Museum: 10am-5pm
    Museum of Norwich: 10am-4.30pm
    Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery: 10am-4.30pm
    Time and Tide Museum: 12-4pm
  • Participating museums have the right to refuse entry in the unlikely event of venue reaching capacity, as well as unforeseen circumstances
  • Tickets will be given when visitors arrive with their National Lottery tickets
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