Courtesy of The_Richlie and Elly Reynolds

Steeped in steam engine history

Strumpshaw Steam Museum has years of history, for all to enjoy

A little history that goes back years and years

This museum is owned by William Key and was the brainchild of his grandfather, Wesley. Later this passed to James (Jimmy) his son who, continued to add to the collection. We are sure, that they would both be proud of the way in which the museum is evolving.

Wesley Key was an extraordinary man, a farmer, agricultural engineer, pilot and entrepreneur. He also had a love of steam. In the early fifties he started his collection of steam engines. At the age of fifteen he purchased his first a steam engine and so began a lifetime of collecting steam engines. After constructing a large building at Strumpshaw he moved his collection from North Walsham to where the museum is now. The collection remained private until the mid-sixties when he opened it to the public. He then brought the steam rally to Strumpshaw in 1970 and continued to run it as an annual event until his death in 1995.

On the death of his father, James (Jimmy) continued to expand and diversify bringing in Fairground equipment and memorabilia. A new building was now required to house all the new exhibits; Jimmy did this with a faithful band of volunteers. His sister Kiki was at all times very supportive and described by Jimmy as his "Rock". He acquired an Orton & Spooner fairground ride called the Ark and set about restoring it. Today that ride nears completion, again thanks to the volunteers. Sadly Jimmy died in 2006 and the responsibility fell to his son William.

William had the task of carrying on the traditions of his father and grandfather's success but he had good teachers and in the winter of 2014 a major revamp was the order of the day. Exhibits were grouped together and his grandfather's initial layout was restored. Volunteers were brought together and their ideas helped to make what the Old Timers declared was up to Wesley and Jimmy's high standard. Again Kiki was always there to help and give advice.

Wesley Key, the founder of Strumpshaw Steam Museum.

Jimmy Key

William Key

Museum First opened in


Visitors since we began


engines in museum


Oldest steam engine


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