The Straw Museum, Colby

Straw museum Colby The Colby Straw Museum has reopened for the summer season. This extraordinary assemblage of straw craftwork from around the world is one of the glories of rural Norfolk.   And every time we visit, we are reminded of why we wanted to live and work in the countryside.

Founder/operator Ella Carstairs has created a labour of love over nearly fifty years – not just of her own work, but from around the world and from different eras.  Some of it goes back to Victorian times, and there are examples from all around the world, of straw-work, dollies, marquetry and even lace.

It’s about a half-mile off the A140 on the way to Cromer, turn right past Alby.


Straw Museum Colby, interior

Norfolk Straw Museum,
Conifer Cottage,
Buck Brigg, Hanworth
NR11 7HH. 

Tel  01263 761615.
Entrance free, Easter – October,
10am-4pm, Weds and Sats ONLY.

(Donations are accepted to support the upkeep of the museum, but there’s no request or pressure).

Find our updated post on the Straw Museum here.

7 Responses to The Straw Museum, Colby

  1. Jamie Everitt says:

    Please note that the museum is open Wednesdays and Saturdays only – Ella Carstairs reports that a number of people have been turning up at all days of the week

    Jamie Everitt
    Area Museums Officer, North Norfolk

  2. Andrew says:

    Jamie, many thanks for pointing that out. I’ve added that information to the post.

  3. Roz Cummins says:

    Why is it The Straw Museum, Colby and then we are give the address of Buck Brigg, Hanworth?

    Could you forward a map?


  4. Kyli says:

    The address for the Norfolk Straw Museum is
    Conifer Cottage,
    Buck Brigg, Hanworth
    NR11 7HH.
    Tel 01263 761615

    Parts of Hanworth border parts of Colby. Here is a link to the address on Google maps

    We are a PR agency, however we posted this blog post back in 2009 to publicise the Museum which is just down the road from our office. I don’t think the Museum has their own website, so your best bet is probably to call the Museum on the number above.
    Hope that helps.

  5. Rea Carroll says:

    My great grandma was born in this cottage, it was a pleasure to bring my nan back here as she lived here as a little girl (how things have changed). It was also nice to be shown the museum of straw work. We are excited as we will soon be visiting norfolk again.

  6. margie morris says:

    can you tell me if you sell any of your corn dollies or is it just for viewing at the museum.I am looking for some examples for a wedding later this year.

  7. Callum says:

    Hi. The best thing to do would be to contact the museum directly: 01263 761615

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