Swaffham museum is a small independent social history museum which houses a rich collection of items of local interest in elegant Georgian rooms
It is housed in a Grade II listed town house, called Oulton House on the south end of the marketplace and was built between 1776 and 1790. It has a Georgian porch with columns. Inside are marble fireplaces and a sweeping staircase. Old doors and original coving and shutters can still be seen. On the top floor where servants would have slept, are much poorer rooms and attics. It became the Town Hall. In 1987 the Town Council offered part of the building to house a museum
There are many different displays. In the Archaeology room you can discover Swaffham’s Anglo-
The Carter Connection room charts the life of Howard Carter and his discovery of the tomb of Tutankhamen. It is home to some ancient Egyptian artefacts from the time of Tutankhamen.
On display is the original town armour dating from 1627. Every town had to fund one set of armour for the defence of the town but it is rare that one has survived this long. It cost £2 and 4 shillings.
There is also the Symonds collection of puppets from English literature and history.
The gift shop has many souvenirs, craft work and collectibles
The Local History group, which is loosely affiliated to the museum published its first book “The Book of Swaffham” in 2012 and has since published a series of booklets about the town’s old inns and taverns. Other booklets are in the pipeline.