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Sheringham Museum

A growing collection of historic indigenous ganseys from Sheringham, the oldest dating from 1900, commercial ganseys, samplers, reproduction child's ganseys, swatches and ganseys charts; knitting sheaths (shields), the Michael Harvey collection of knitting history. A few historic ganseys are on display but in line with conservation best practice these are rested and changed over from time to time. But there is an active exhibition programme which often features ganseys, both local and international.

Cromer Museum

A small collection of historic ganseys from Sheringham, Cromer, Bacton; some commecial ganseys. A few modern interpretations of ganseys, including Casey Goffin. Swatches of old patterns. Notes by Martin Warren. Tape recordings of interviews with gansey knitters Hazel Cheney of Sheringham (who ran Hazel's Wool Shop), Emily Codling (1892- about 1988, formerly of Sheringham) and Jude Wallace, Edith Kerr (of Cromer), Casey Goffin of Winterton. The museum has a large collection of local photographs but significantly has acquired the glass plate negatives of the renowned portrait photographer Olive Edis, who operated studios in Cromer and Sheringham in the early 20th century and she was fond of photographing the local fishermen, many of whom are featured on this website.

At the time of writing there are no historic ganseys on display but are due to be included in new displays in the future.

Great Yarmouth Museums

There is a small amount of material related to Casey Goffin of Winterton.

Norwich Museums

The Costume and Textile Collection based in the Shirehall, Norwich has a gansey knitted to commission by Mrs Edith Middleton of Sheringham (NWHCM : 1956.) and is on loan to Cromer Museum.

True's Yard Museum

Surprisingly, there are no historic ganseys in the collection. A gansey knitted by the museum founder Pat Midgeley is displayed on a mannikin in a tableau in the entrance. There is a small collection of notes, corresposndece and cuttings which can be consukted by appointment and photographs.

Lynn Museum

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