The Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum


The Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

Ferry Road, Southwold, Suffolk, IP18 6NG, UK.

Telephone: 01502 723200


The Museum is open daily from Easter until October 31st

Weekdays • Mornings 10.30am – 1.00pm • Afternoons 2.00pm – 4.30pm

Saturdays and Sundays 10.30am – 4.30pm


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Admission is free and staff are available to answer your questions

Out of hours or private and group viewings phone 07944 586269

Donations towards the restoration are appreciated

We are currently looking for volunteers to join us as stewards.

Please contact our curator Frank Upcraft on 01502 724484 or 07944 586269 during museum opening times or call into the museum for more information.


We now have improved access for disabled visitors with the addition of a stair lift to the mezzanine level, which enables access to the exhibition area and a view into the interior of the boat.

The inauguration was performed by the former Mayor of Southwold, Councillor Ann Betts, as well as Southwold's Town Crier John Barber (see below)

The Old Cromer Lifeboat Shed now the museum

The restored 'Alfred Corry' lifeboat

now 123 years old

Proposed extension for 2017


Our next project is to build an extension to the front of the Museum. This will allow us to move the boat forward thus creating space at the rear of the shed to create a Fisherman’s Cottage. It will be a permanent display area and will also be used as a Role-Play area for School Visits.

The extension will also solve our present problem when the wind and rain blows from the land. The doors at the front of the Museum then have to be closed to prevent damage. The extension will have three sets of doors allowing access from the lee side when the weather is bad.

A Formal Planning Permission Application will be lodged at Waveney District Council in June. The cost of the project will be £35,000 and we will be running various Fund Raising Events during the year. So please watch this space!


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The original doors moved to face the sea

Welcome to the home of the 1893 Southwold No.1 Lifeboat "Alfred Corry"



The 'Alfred Corry Charitable Trust' was set up in 1994 in order to restore and preserve the 1893 Southwold No.1 Lifeboat 'Alfred Corry'.


The 'Alfred Corry' was Southwold's lifeboat for 25 years from 1893 until 1918 which, during which period, she was launched 41 times and saved 47 lives.


The Museum is situated in the car park at the end of Ferry Road at Southwold harbour, in what used to be the old 1923 Cromer Lifeboat shed, moved to Southwold from Cromer 80 miles away, by sea in 1998.


Follow the links at the top and bottom of this page to find out more about the fascinating story of the people involved in the boat's history, both past and present, and how it ended up back in Southwold after so many years away. Then there is the story of the old Cromer Lifeboat shed, which through a remarkable stroke of good fortune and quick action became the museum building itself. For those interested in the actual restoration work itself then the restoration section will show ongoing progress over a 15 year period. There is also a wonderful section on local maritime history compiled by our curator, Frank Upcraft, whose sterling pictorial efforts have produced the most colourful and informative additions to the museum's walls,some of which can be seen in the pictures below and here.


Many sections of the website are compiled by the people involved in the work, so you get a real insight into development of the boat and

museum by the people who made it happen. If you would like to know more, or just come and see for yourself, then you can visit us in beautiful Southwold and see the fruit of many years of dedicated voluntary hard work and love, and be regaled with the extraordinary stories of the lifeboat men who voluntarily put their own lives at risk in order to save those in danger.


Inside the Museum


The museum is full of items of local history, both of the boat and the shed in the form of various artefacts connected to the industry, and an extensive collection of old photographs depicting all aspects of the boat and its crew and the history of the lives it saved, all displayed in the most wonderful way, and our thanks go to curator Frank Upcraft for producing such a comprehensive series of displays! Anyone interested in local history will also find a large section devoted to the local fishing and maritime industries over the centuries. A large number of the photographs shown on the website were provided by Frank, to which we offer our thanks, as we do to all those who have contributed to the material on this website.


Some of the wonderful displays showing the history of the Alfred Corry as well as local

maritime and town history produced by the museum's curator Mr. Frank Upcraft.


We also have a range of related merchandise including mugs, jugs, pens, colouring books and sweat shirts all emblazoned with the Alfred Corry logo, the proceeds of which went towards the restoration and currently towards the upkeep of the museum.. Come along and visit us and see for yourself.


We are located in the grounds of the harbour car park in Ferry Road, Southwold, so we couldn't be easier to visit!


We also take schools, parties and coach trips, and anybody wishing to bring such a group to visit the museum telephone 07944 586269




The Inauguration of the new Stair Lift

Former Southwold Mayor Miss Anne Betts on the new stair lift


Trustees Robert 'Jim' Blythe and Jack Storer with Mayor Anne Betts