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Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

Online Exhibitions

Click on the links below to see online exhibitions of items from our collection

Wreck and Rescue involving the Alfred Corry




Alfred Corry Museum Brochure

About Us

The museum building is the 1923 ex-Cromer Lifeboat shed. The building was brought by sea to Southwold and restored in 1998 and is now one of the few remaining examples of its type built by the RNLI at that time. The 'Alfred Corry' was the Southwold No1 Lifeboat dedicated on Easter Monday 1893. The lifeboat is housed in the museum and is undergoing a programme of full restoration to return her to her original lifeboat form. The exhibits tell the history of this Southwold rowing and sailing lifeboat and her crew, which served from 1893 to 1918, using photographs, models and some lifeboat equipment. There is also a display showing the progress of restoration.

Admission Costs

Entrance to the museum is FREE to all.

However, we can only keep open, restore the Alfred Corry and improve our exhibition if you can make a donation. Whether it is large or small, you may be assured that it will be welcomed and valued !!!

We are also able to accept covenants / bequests and to put on public display full recognition of specific larger contributions, in memorium, etc.

Opening Hours

April 1st-October 31stApril 1st-October 31st

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday: 2pm-4pm Wednesday: boat restoration day, by appointment only: Saturday and Sunday: 10am-12.00 then 2pm-4pm.

November 1st-March 31st

Bank Holidays ( except December 25th) and fine weekends only, Saturday and Sunday: 10.30am-12pm then 2pm to 3.30pm.

To arrange visits outside of these hours, or if travelling especially to visit the museum, please telephone 01502 722103 in advance to confirm opening.


Ferry Road
IP18 6NG

Tel: 01502 723200

Latitude: 0.052° 52' 41.1° N Longitude: 0.01 ° 26' 15.9° E


Other Information

An access ramp gives access to the museum building and exhibition. Regretably, until finances permit the viewing platform and mezzanine deck are only accessed by steps.

Public toilets and a refreshment kiosk are close by.


We can always use help running the museum. If you would like to spend some time with us, in whatever capacity suits, please contact us on peterjohnson2007@uwclub.net

Sometimes you may have artefacts that others could enjoy. If so, please give us a call. Then, if it is appropriate, we could help.

How to Find Us

The Museum is situated on a car park next to the entrance to Southwold Harbour, near the new RNLI station on the north bank of the river Blyth.

A bus runs from the centre of Southwold, along Ferry Road to the harbour, where the museum is located.

Car parking available all around the museum.


Some Photos of Our Museum

Mezzanine deck & photo gallery
View from the mezzanine
Scale model of the Alfred Corry

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