The Museum is currently housed on the first floor of the Town Hall in Broad Street. It was established by Dr. Hugh Cane, and officially opened by Lilias Rider Haggard, daughter of the writer Sir Henry Rider Haggard, in 1963.
The initial collections consisted of items donated by John Gibbs, clerk of the Waveney District Council, supplemented with material from the Haggard family, and the family of Ethel Mann, the historian of ‘Old Bungay’.
Paul Roe has donated a number of archaeological specimens, and the late Frank Honeywood, the Town Recorder, (a post now occupied by Andrew Atterwill) provided many photographs, magazines, programmes and pamphlets.
There is also a large collection of coins, including Bungay tokens, memorabilia connected with the family of the diarist John Barber Scott, a display case containing material relating to John Childs, the Bungay printer, Clay’s printing-works, paintings, engravings and photographs depicting the town and local events.
In 1984 the Council Offices were renovated and the Museum collections were re-displayed in two larger rooms.
The Museum is managed by the Curator, Dr.Lorna Richardson, with Assistant Curator and local historian Chris Reeve along with the Museum Trustees. Over the winter they have been busy sorting and collating the extensive collection of ephemera held:
The museum is currently closed for redecoration but will be open to visitors again in the Spring.