Monthly Archives: April, 2018

On This Day: 1924 – Train Ferry Inauguration

April 24th, 2018 Posted by History No Comment yet

Harwich Town rail station has been renovated to become the focal point of our Railway & Shipping Museum. The interiors now look as they would have in about 1924; the reason this year was specifically chosen is because on the 24th of April 1924, Prince George (the future Duke of Kent) inaugurated a brand new train ferry service, linking Harwich to Zeebrugge. There are two videos of footage from the day available online:

British Pathé, via YouTube:

East Anglian Film Archive (UEA):

Co-op Community Token Scheme

April 20th, 2018 Posted by News No Comment yet

We are delighted to announce that our application to become part of the Co-op’s Community Token Scheme has been successful! Working with the Co-op, we are looking to raise funds for our Visitor Centre.

If you would like to support us, and you are already a member of the Co-op, all you have to do is visit either of the two stores in Dovercourt – on Fronks Road and in the High Street – pick up a token, and vote for us.

If you are not already a member of the Co-op, you can become one by visiting in-store, or join via their website:

With your help we could raise up to £500 for the Visitor Centre.  Every token counts!

Today’s the day

April 15th, 2018 Posted by News No Comment yet

We are all eagerly awaiting the arrival of the County of Essex (a Class 47 locomotive) which is on a tour organised by our friends at Charity Railtours. Waiting to greet the passengers will be several special guests including the; Deputy Lord Lieutenant of Essex, Chair of Essex County Council, Chair of Tendring District Council, Mayor of Harwich and the High Steward of Harwich.
The train is expected to arrive at Harwich Town station at 16.25 with the Museum being opened shortly after. The passengers will have time to visit the Museum and explore the town before the train departs at 18.30.
We are very grateful to the Harwich Society for arranging to open its visitor attractions to coincide with our event. These include the; High Lighthouse, Maritime Museum and the Treadwheel Crane.
The tour has been organised in aid of Macmillian Cancer Support. The County of Essex has kindly been donated by The Stratford 47 Group.

Heritage Railway Magazine – Read all about us!

April 14th, 2018 Posted by News No Comment yet

Issue 240 is in the shops now and includes a great article on the opening of our Railway and Shipping Museum on Sunday 15th April.
It’s also worth taking a look at the Heritage Railway website for lots more interesting news and articles.


Volunteer Open Evening – Weds April 25th

April 13th, 2018 Posted by News No Comment yet

An open evening is being held on Wednesday April 25th for anyone who is interested in getting involved with the Heritage Centre and its Railway and Shipping Museum.  Please come along to the Museum at Harwich Town station between 6pm and 7.30pm.

Heritage Centre Opening – April 2018

April 6th, 2018 Posted by Development, News No Comment yet

The Harwich Town Station buildings are being remodelled! Ten rooms are currently being transformed to represent the station as it was in 1924 and they are now home to a nationally important rail heritage collection. This outstanding collection has not been seen by the public before.
The Museum will be open every Saturday from 10am to 4pm with effect from April 21st. Admission is free, donations are appreciated. If you are a UK taxpayer, please help us further by completing a Gift Aid Declaration form.
Please get in touch if you would like to know more about our volunteering opportunities.


Embroiderers’ Guild New Branch Taster Meeting

April 2nd, 2018 Posted by News No Comment yet

In Partnership with the Mayflower Heritage Centre.
Unleash your creativity and join the new Branch of the Embroiderers’ Guild at The Heritage Centre. George Street, Harwich, CO12 3Nd. There are two ‘taster’ meetings on Saturday 7th April and Tuesday 17th May. Come and join us and get inspired!
Be a textile artist with a needle as a brush and thread as paint, and enjoy the company of like minded people and have fun.
For more information about the Guild or the new branch in Harwich please contact:



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