The Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum


The Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum

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

Telephone: 01502 723200



April 1st – October 31st

Monday – Friday • 10.30am to 1pm and 2pm to 4.30pm

Saturday & Sunday • 10.30am – 4.30pm


November 1st – March 31st • Fine weekends only • 10am – 3.30pm


We aim to open on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day

11am – 3pm


Out of hours, or private and group viewings can be arranged if at least three days notice is given

Please ring 07944 586 269 or 01502 724 484 for details and to check our weather!

We can be contacted by email HERE


Find us HERE


Admission is free and staff are available to answer your questions

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 124 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. The existing front doors will be relocated to the rear of the building. 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 early 2017. 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!


If you by any chance win the Lottery, please contact us asap!


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 of the pages 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

Friendly dogs with well behaved owners are welcome in

the Museum

Our young visitors were then presented with their booty!

Our first young visitors successfully completing the Sea Shell Search and The Landlubbers Search.



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

Alfred & Corry meet the Alfred Corry!

On Tuesday 7th June,

The Alfred Corry Museum

in Southwold welcomed

Mr & Mrs A Wald from Holland with flags, music and champagne.

l to r Captain John Cragie; Dick Leon - Master Carpenter; Alfred Wald; Corry Wald

and Frank Upcraft - Curator.

It was a very special occasion, as in 2015, Mrs Corry’s sister Pauli, rang the museum from Delft and explained that her Sister Corry, was marrying Alfred and wondered if we would send a card wishing them well. Two way communication continued and culminated with the visit.


There was much laughter, and almost some tears, when the Dutch National Anthem echoed around the lifeboat shed. Other visitors to the museum joined in and helped to finish the celebration cake, which the Curator’s wife baked. There was even some Old Amsterdam Cheese too.


Come along and pay us a visit. We can’t promise you cake and cheese, but you’ll get a warm welcome!

Alfred Corry Lifeboat Museum – The Harbour Southwold.