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Town heroes remembered at museum

PUBLISHED: 06:25 09 February 2008 | UPDATED: 14:24 14 July 2010

Two of the new displays at Wymondham Heritage Museum for the 2008 season, are about two of Wymondham's greatest sons, Robert Kett, leader of the Norfolk Rising in 1549 and Edwin Gooch, JP CBE MP.

Two of the new displays at Wymondham Heritage Museum for the 2008 season, are about two of Wymondham's greatest sons, Robert Kett, leader of the Norfolk Rising in 1549 and Edwin Gooch, JP CBE MP.

The unique Kett display on a series of colour panels, tells the whole stirring story of Kett's rebellion 1549, from its origins in Wymondham to the rebel camp on Mousehold Heath, its impact on Norwich and Norfolk and the final tragic end for Kett and his followers. Robert was hanged from the battlements of Norwich castle and his loyal brother William, was hanged from the west tower of Wymondham Abbey Church. This display has been made possible by an East of England Museums' grant.

Edwin Gooch (1889-1964), son of a Wymondham blacksmith, was a founder of the South Norfolk Labour Party. He was a prominent town and county councillor who became a leading trade unionist, MP for North Norfolk and Chairman of the Labour Party. Many of the photographs in this display, which tell the story of his busy life, have been kindly donated by the Gooch family. Edwin's wife Ethel, an important figure in her own right, also features in the display.

The new season at the museum begins on March 1. Opening times: Monday- Saturday 10am-4pm; Sundays: first Sunday in month and Bank Holidays.

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