Steam Event In Norfolk

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About the Charles Burrell Steam Museum Open Day

The Charles Burrell Steam Museum sits between the A134 and the A1066 in the town of Thetford, about halfway between Cambridge and Norwich. The town of about 25,000 is thought to have been an important tribal centre during the Late Iron Age and early Roman period. Charles Burrell’s uncle, Joseph, was the 'go-to' guy in 1770 for the manufacture and repair of agricultural implements. The Museum is a tribute to Charles, born in 1817, and his ingenuity with steam engines until his death in 1906.

The Museum is the site of the Burrell’s original paint shop and shows wonderful recreations of the machine shop (no CNC machines or TIG welding here) and the original foundry along with other engines and agricultural machinery.

The Museum’s 'season' is usually from April through to October, so the Open Day is always a welcome event with the whole summer and autumn to look forward to. Past Open Days have featured the Museum’s marquee engine, the Queen Mary alongside Buster, Bressingham Steam Museum’s steam roller, and model engines. If you’re lucky, you and the kids can take a ride around Thetford on a traction steam engine.

Charles Burrell Steam Museum

In 1803, when going viral meant you were sick in bed, The Burrell family won a silver cup for their invention, a drilling machine that would allow the user to sow seed and fertilizer simultaneously. This led to the formation of their company that Charles took over in 1836 or 37, depending on who you ask. In the midst of the Industrial Revolution, Charles had a vision that steam power was the future course of the company. Charles passed in 1906 and his sons carried on until the company closed in 1928.

Entry To The Event

There is no entry fee, but visitors should keep in mind that volunteers and donations are what keeps the Museum open. Outside of any special events, the museum is open Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. and Saturday 10:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.

Somewhere to Stay in Norfolk

If you decide to spend the night, there are several hotels in Thetford to choose from including the 3-star Thomas Paine Hotel that will take you back in time with an elegant hotel created from 18th-century cottages. The nearby Thetford Forest offers many options for campers and caravaners.

Getting To Minstergate

The simplest way to drive to the Museum is to take the A134 to London Road in Thetford and head in a northerly direction. After crossing over the Little Ouse River, turn south onto St. Nicholas Street. The road leads to a U-turn where the name changes to Minstergate and leads to the Museum. From the A1066, take Norwich road from the roundabout that leads to London Road and St Nicholas, where you will turn south as before. There is Bus Service from the A134 but check with the organisers for the route details.

Other Things To Do Around The Area

Thetford has some unusual attractions. If your 'bucket list' includes touring a Neolithic flint mine and learning about mysterious rituals, achieve that goal by visiting Grime’s Graves described as a 'mysterious lunar-like landscape', the legacy of hundreds of years of activity by Neolithic flint miners from about 4,500 years ago. Are you a fan of Dad’s Army, a popular BBC sitcom that ran from 1968 to 1977? If so, the Dad’s Army Museum is also located in Thetford.

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Dogs are welcome except for the one place that they would really like to be: the café and kitchen area. If you need a wheelchair, please call the museum for information about accessibility. Most of all, appreciate the contributions that the Burrells made to the age of steam power.


When is the next Charles Burrell Steam Museum Open Day?

The Charles Burrell Steam Museum Open Day is planned to take place at Minstergate, Thetford, Norfolk, IP24 1BN, Sunday 1st April, 2018. This is a Steam Event.

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Charles Burrell Steam Museum

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