Samson is saved!


We are thrilled to announce that our crowdfunding campaign to put Norwich’s favourite doorman back on display is fully funded and has actually reached 104% of its target!

We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who have made this campaign a success. With over 300 donations, we have been overwhelmed by the support and generosity of all of our donors.

We would also like to say a special thank you to the Friends of Norwich Museums, The Paul Bassham Charitable Trust, The Geoffrey Watling Charity and the Norfolk and Norwich Archaeological Society, who have all been crucial in getting the campaign fully funded.

The £15,000 will enable the rare statue, which is carved from a single piece of oak and dates from the mid-17th century, to go back on display at the Museum of Norwich in a bespoke, environmentally-controlled case which will protect the fragile figure while making him accessible in his conserved form for the very first time.

The case and display area will take several months to complete. Samson, currently in safe storage in the Norfolk Collections Centre at Gressenhall, will be unveiled in his new home by early 2019.

In the meantime, donors to the campaign can look forward to receiving their Samson-related rewards which include specially printed postcards, tote bags and limited edition prints featuring an image of Samson by well-known Norwich-based artist Leanda Jaine Hughes.

Again, we would like to offer our most sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the campaign. Samson is saved!

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