For nine years from 1968 Thetford became Walmington on Sea,home of Dad`s Army.
Thie Dad’s Army Museum shows the story of Dad`s Army in Thetford and the town`s Home Guard.
The Dad`s Army Trail was launched in 2004,showing the locations used for the filming in the town,coach parties started to arrive later in the year.
In 2005 a special DVD,Extra Time,was made telling the story of some of the people of Thetford who were extras in the show.
The town did not celebrate the filming except for a small collection of photographs inside the Bell Hotel.
In 2007 the town council agreed that a room at the rear of the Guildhall (used to film 2 episodes) could be used as a museum,writer and
producer,David Croft came to the town and opened the museum on December 7th.
Over the next year thousands came to have a look, the museum went back to the council to ask for more space,they kindly agreed,and at Easter 2009 the new enlarged museum opened.
The museum is open every Saturday
(Easter until early December) from 10am until 3pm,entry is free.
The museum will also be open every Tuesday in School holidays from 10am until 3pm .
The Marigold Tea Rooms in the Dad’s Army Museum opened on Saturday May 7th 2012.
The tea rooms will be open when the museum is open subject to the museum having enough volunteers to help both the museum & tea rooms.
The Dad’s Army Museum:
The Old Fire Station
Telephone: 01842 751975