Last chance to see First World War exhibition at Ancient House Museum in Thetford

The launch of the exhibition at the Ancient House Museum last year. Sue Ketchell with knitted poppie

The launch of the exhibition at the Ancient House Museum last year. Sue Ketchell with knitted poppies. Picture by: Sonya Duncan - Credit: Sonya Duncan

History fans will have their final chance to see a fascinating First World War exhibition this weekend.

For the past year, visitors to the Ancient House Museum in Thetford have been able to step back in time to see what life was like in the town during the Great War.

The exhibition, called Thetford and the Great War, comes to an end on Saturday, October 31.

It tells the story of how Thetford was transformed into a military garrison during the conflict, its population of 5,000 exploding as large numbers of troops were billeted in the town and military camps built in the surrounding area.

Individual tales are also told in the exhibition.

Florrie Clark became the town’s first female town crier when she stepped into her father’s shoes.

Visitors to the exhibition are invited to ring a replica of her bell and make a proclamation.

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Other women worked at the Charles Burrell factory making munitions and many more took in washing for soldiers and kept the home fires burnings.

The exhibition is open until Saturday from 10am to 4pm. Admission is £3.95 for adults, £3.55 for concessions, £2.95 for children.

Family tickets are £8.30 for 1 adult and as many children as you wish, or £11 for two adults plus children.

The museum will also be hosting a Quiz and Chips night, run by the Ancient House Teenage History Club, on November 21, from 7pm to 9.30pm.

The night will see teams of up to six pitting their wits against the teens, with money raised from the event going towards helping young people from Nagawa visit Thetford. The club visited Nagawa in August.

Tickets costs £8 per person, which includes fish and chips, and are available from Leaping Hare on 01842 751975 or via

The winning team will get a £60 cash prize and the event is suitable for anyone over 12-years-old.

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