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Welcome to
Maritime Heritage East

Maritime Heritage East (MHE) is a unique programme running across the East of England working with more than 30 museums and heritage organisations, whose goal is to establish and develop the position and importance of maritime history, both within the region and nationally.

The programme was originally created by Norfolk Museums and Archaeology Service with funding from a range of organisations. Today it is funded by the members together with an annual grant from SHARE.  It is now managed by the members themselves through a management team.

On this website you can search for practical information such as museum opening times and admission costs as well as spend time exploring online exhibitions and journeying through themes, which unite the maritime collections across the East of England. Each organisation is responsible for its own entries.

Museums >>

Find maritime museums and collections in the east of England.

Featured Museum

Nottage Maritime Institute

The museum is located in a former sail loft and is part of the Nottage Maritime Institute which aims to improve nautical, sailing and navigation skills.

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Themes >>

Browse through the main subjects in our maritime collections.

Featured Theme

Coastal Environment

Fishing for herring dominated the fishing along the East Coast, especially at Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft.

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Archive >>

Search our online archive.

Featured Archive Object

Sailor's Valentine

Sailors’ Valentines are the hexagonal shell designs which sailors returning from the West Indies supposedly put together using attractively shaped and coloured shells collected from the Caribbean to present to their wives or girlfriends when they reached home

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Exhibition >>

See individual museum's online exhibitions.

Featured Exhibition

Captain George Manby

Captain George Manby (1765-1854) was Master of the Great Yarmouth artillery barracks during the early 19th century and during his time there he designed many inventions for saving lives at sea.

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Contribute >>

Become a part of the MHE community
  • Do you have any good stories? If so you can submit them to this site.
  • You can add: text, photographs and MP3 audio files.
  • Comment on our archive, our stories and our news.

It's easy to do, click on the link below to find out more.

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Jo O'Donoghue
Tel: 01493 743930
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John Skinner
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