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Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum of local history and archaeology is ran by Dereham Antiquarian Society.
Bishop Bonner’s Cottage Museum opens on 10th May to Oct 4th 2014, with a special exhibition on ‘Dereham in Peace & War – 1914’ and a display of air photographs of the town from 1920 to 1937.
Virtually untouched by the 21st century, this beautiful timber-framed, thatched building is particularly noted for its unusual coloured pargetting. Originally three cottages, it is the oldest surviving domestic building in Dereham.
Dating back to 1502, it is the only thatched building in Dereham to have survived the fires of 1581 and 1679. It is now the town’s Museum.
Visit the Museum to learn more about Dereham’s past. There are permanent displays of local artefacts and photographs and special exhibitions from the local archive collection showing how life in Dereham has changed over the centuries.