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Lifeboat museum plans to grow

PUBLISHED: 10:19 05 May 2009 | UPDATED: 09:20 06 July 2010

A MUSEUM which tells the story of Southwold's lifeboat history is hoping to expand to make space for more visitors and new displays.

The Alfred Corry museum at the town's harbour is home to the 116-year-old lifeboat from which the attraction takes its name, which is undergoing restoration.

A MUSEUM which tells the story of Southwold's lifeboat history is hoping to expand to make space for more visitors and new displays.

The Alfred Corry museum at the town's harbour is home to the 116-year-old lifeboat from which the attraction takes its name, which is undergoing restoration.

It offers an insight into the crews from 1893 to 1919 who saved 47 lives, and now the museum trust wants to build a new display area and reception to give visitors and school children a better understanding of the lifeboat and its history.

Plans have been submitted to Waveney District Council for a new building next to the existing museum, which is housed in the old 1923 Cromer Pier lifeboat shed. The buildings would be joined together with a link block which would become the museum's reception.

Jamie Thompson from the museum said: “Although the work restoring the boat is coming along nicely, we have photographs and other exhibits which can't be seen in there because the boat takes up so much room.

“An extension will allow people to move around. We have quite a few school groups but at the moment there is nowhere for them to stand or sit because the Alfred Corry is much larger than the old Cromer lifeboat was and takes up most of the shed.”

Southwold Town Council has given the scheme its backing and the plans are expected to be discussed by Waveney District Council later in the spring.

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