Bits and Bob’s Part 4: A Broads Icon

Enjoy our new monthly series compiled by Wind Energy Museum volunteer Paul Hooper, chronicling the records he had recently digitised that tell Bob Morse’s story, and the story of our collection of wind engines.

In the first of the series, Paul introduces us to Thurne Mill.

Bits and Bob’s: A Broads Icon – Part 4



The Broads based Wind Energy Museum is staging the only public event in England to mark Global Wind Day on Monday 15th June.  The museum charts the history of wind power in Norfolk over its 200 year history and houses a unique collection of ten working exhibits, dating back to 1820.

A grant from EnterpriseGY, Great Yarmouth Council’s business support department is enabling a day of activities for school groups, whilst adult visitors can enjoy a free cream tea and guided tour. ‘We know how important wind energy is to our future,’ commented Museum Curator Debra Nicholson, ‘but few realise the important role wind energy played in our past. As well as Thurne Mill, we have wind pumps that once helped drain the Broads, and others that raised water from wells. We also have one of the earliest wind powered generators.’

Great Yarmouth is at the centre of the growing offshore wind energy sector and the Wind Energy Museum illustrates the rich local heritage from which this important sector has evolved.

The Wind Energy Museum sits on the bank of the River Thurne at Repps with Bastwick. For directions or to book in a group, call Debra Nicholson on 07796 407864


Global Wind Energy Day will see events taking place in more than 30 countries around the world. It’s organised by the Global Wind EnergyCouncil and European Wind Energy Association. The Wind Energy Museum is one of few events being staged in the UK. See:

For more information:

Debra Nicholson, Wind Energy Museum 07796 407864


A message from Debra – What we’ve achieved this year so far

Message from Debra:  “Hello everyone. If you’ve not been over yet this year I hope to see you really soon. It’s lovely to share a few of this years highlights with you and let you know how you can support us in the coming months. Do keep in touch and pop over  when you have chance! Best wishes, Debra”

3Sun Apprentices3Sun Apprentices At Work | Wind Energy Museum

They’ve been at the Wind Energy Museum in all weathers tackling some historic engineering challenges and it’s helped us finally create a scoopwheel for the Wallis Titt. They’ve also given many of our exhibits a lick of paint.

Art Workshops

We now have local artists running workshops on a whole range of mediums. See the leaflet we’ve included for more information.

Education Centre/Morse Room

Paul Hooper has designed, written, collated images and installed some excellent displays about Thurne, the Wind Energy Museum and some of the people who’ve made it what it is.

Getting the word out:

We’ve continued to improve our website, ensure we’re in the local press, keep our Facebook and Twitter followers in the know, and contacted local tourism businesses to invite them for a tour and cream tea.

Group visits and corporate days

We’ve been blown away by the success of our special days for local organisations. Lovely people attending and a great way to fundraise or seek new sponsors.

Displays in the Morse Room  Wind Energy Museum

Just one of Paul Hooper’s displays in the Morse Room

View from our Tearoom |  Wind Energy Museum

Paul Field has led the renovation of the store shed into a useful outdoor room to provide much needed shelter for more activities and events.  So many volunteers have pitched in to make this happen!


There’s more to come, watch this space!

#Norfolk #Stallholders | Time to book your stall at our July Weekender!

We’re planning a bumper fundraising weekend event in July 25th/26th here at the Wind Energy Museum in Repps With Bastwick, Norfolk.

Can you run a stall (not just vintage!) or a heritage skills demo at our event?

Get a feel for our fundraising events – read about our last summer 1920’s day.

Complete and return a Stall Booking Form

Or contact us now to find out more and book your pitch!

Wind Energy Museum | 1920s Eventl | Norfolk

Two Years and So Much Progress at the Wind Energy Museum

Over the past 2 years the development of the museum has been incredible.

When Debra started to list them out to share at a recent volunteers meeting she was simply bowled over

Here’s just some of the things from her list. Some really significant achievements here we can all be proud of:

• The Morse Room – sponsored by JPP Limited
• Model collection restoration
• Volunteers workshop
• Gates & fencing
• Clearance of large areas of the site ready for improvements
• Thurne Mill Abseil
• Setting up Social Media and a refreshed website
• Wallis Titt sails – almost there
• Monitor sails
• Monitor painting
• Start of the Lucas Freelite construction
• 1920’s Day
• Joining EEEGR
• EEEGR Open day
• Love the Broads funding for Thurne
• Snelling donation of the TV
• Increased Talks, group visits and schools
• School introduction pack

We’re sure there is much more, it seems amazing.  To our visitors, supporters and volunteers, thank you all very much .

Repps with Bastwick | Norfolk The UK's premier wind heritage site dedicated to preserving the heritage of wind power past, present and future.