Help bring Samson home to Norwich

Jenny Caynes at Museum of Norwich at The Bridewell, Norfolk


£15,749 raised
324 funders

Funded 22 March 2018

0% funded

104% funded

For centuries, the carved statue of Samson stood guard outside one of Norwich’s most prestigious buildings in the Tombland area of the city. There, along with his partner figure Hercules, he witnessed two World Wars and the antics of lovers and party revellers from the 30’s through to the 90’s when the building was used as a ballroom and then nightclub. However, time took its toll on this local hero who was eventually encased in layers and layers of white paint, obscuring the wonderful carving beneath.

Now, two decades after being removed from the ‘Samson and Hercules’ building for safekeeping, Samson has been restored to his former glory, and the man beneath the mask has been revealed. Curators at the Museum of Norwich at the Bridewell have ambitious plans to display the beautiful oak carved figure, putting him pride of place in the museum.

They need your help to raise £15,000 to create a breathtaking new display featuring a bespoke, state of the art, environmentally controlled case. Within the case, the very fragile figure of Samson will be supported by a new custom made, conservation grade mount. What's more, specially designed lighting will enable visitors to see every curl and sinew in tantalising detail.

Meeting the highest conservation standards, this new display will not only present Samson at his very best, but more importantly, will ensure this city icon remains in peak condition for many years to come.

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Introducing Samson - the star of the show

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Samson, Hercules and me.

Conservator, Cathy Proudlove, explains how she discovered Samson’s amazing secret and her quest to preserve him... Read more

Samson's new home

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Samson emerges from 60 layers of paint

In this update, we explore the fascinating Samson conservation work undertaken at Plowden and Smith's conservation studio in London... Read more

Meet the Artist - Leanda Jaine

In this update, we speak to artist Leanda Jaine who has created the exclusive design for the Samson tote, laser etched illustration and prints. and get the low down on her career, influences and her personal connection to Samson... Read more

Samson and the friendly invasion

In this update, we explain how ‘The Samson and Hercules’ club played its part in the war effort in World War Two... Read more

Exclusive rewards as a thank you

As a big thank you for helping us save Samson, we have a brilliant selection of exclusive rewards for our donors... Read more

Samson's return to store

This week there has been an exciting development in Samson’s journey, as he was transported from London to our off-site store. Read more... Read more

Our final push to bring Samson home

Time is running out for our Biblical hero. Can you help?... Read more

Samson is saved!

Our campaign is fully funded and has actually exceeded its target!... Read more

Showing Samson

Samson has returned to store and is reunited with his partner Hercules... Read more

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Hot off the (printing) press!

Rewards for our donors have gone into production... Read more

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Rewards are on their way

Saving Samson rewards are ready to go and be delivered this week... Read more

Samson's Homecoming

The restored statue of Samson to go on public display 3rd April... Read more

With thanks to...

Alistair Bolt

Christopher Bassham

Kay Hyams

Frances Walpole

Kiki Angelrath


Richard Malt

Jo Warr

Julia Matheson

Eve Mahoney

Christian Haw

Naomi Horrocks

Stephanie Harding

Jordan Browning

Adrian Jobson

Joanna Kinnaird

Robin Sampson

Anne Olerenshaw

Simon Chapman

Christine Edens

Ann Davidson

Ruth Carrod

Helen Wilson

Joanne Plowright

Juanita Hawthorne

Freda Wilkins-Jones

James Fenn

Rosalind Palmer

Richard Laxen

Anna Collins

Chris Moore

Serena Woodcock

Claire Bolster

Richard Ainsworth

Andrew Pyper

Sandra Casey

David Mateer

Margaret Taverna

Richard Dixon

Isobel Wilson

Morna Hill

Richard Polley

Harriet Cox

Michael Sanders

Francesca Vanke

Elizabeth Harmer

Alan Kitchell

Tessa Payne

Vincent Newman

Masha Smith

Sarah Buckenham

Carol Warman

Kim Sadler

Marilyn Ayres

Jennifer Taylor

Andrew Shepheard

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Janet Negal

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Aileen Fox

Allison Martin

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Richard Halsey

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Rowena Foote

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Rachel Hore

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Karen Brown

Ann Greenizan

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Arthur Woodward

Iain Sturch

David Hedges

Mary-Louise Wedderburn

Dee Evans

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Steven Jefferson

David Edwards

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Brian Knowles

Derek Aldous

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