The Centre is housed in part of the historic Fishing Sheds on West Cliff. The Centre is dedicated to demonstrating the history of the lifeboats provided by the Upcher family of Sheringham Hall for the use of the fishermen of what was then Lower Sheringham, a small fishing hamlet.
The Centre contains the historic Henry Ramey Upcher lifeboat which was in use until 1935.
There is also information about some of the fishermen who crewed the private lifeboats, many of whom worked in and around the Fishing Sheds, with displays about how they won their livings from the dangerous waters of the North Sea and other aspects of their lives.
Owing to its exposed position on the seafront, the Centre is forced to close under extreme weather conditions. The Centre is entirely staffed by volunteers, and may exceptionally be closed if volunteers are unavailable. Admission is free, but voluntary contributions are welcomed to pay for the costs of maintenance of the buildings and their contents.
It is best approached from the West Promenade, and is situated close to the concrete bridge over the Fishermen's Slope. It may also be accessed from West Cliff, which is at the seaward end of Morris Street. Items connected with the lifeboat (e.g. pictures, cards, etc.) may be purchased.
For further information or to arrange a tour, please contact Malcolm Peddar on 01263 824187.
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Westcliff is at the seaward end of Morris Street, where a public car park can be found, a short walk from the gallery. It can also be reached easily from the West Promenade (turn left at the seaward end of the High Street by the Two Lifeboats Hotel and walk a short distance along the promenade), being attached on the landward side to the Fishermen's Heritage Centre. This can be found close to the concrete bridge over the Fishermen's Slope or West Slipway.
: 0 miles from Sheringham station