At the outbreak of the Second World War Lowestoft became the Central Depot of the Royal Naval Patrol Service with it’s HQ (HMS Europa) located in the Municipal Gardens known as the Sparrows Nest.
The museum is to be found in these buildings which is also the headquarters of the Royal Naval Patrol Service Association, which means there are always some ex Patrol Service members available to provide a unique in-sight for visitors into the operations of the Patrol Service, and in addition are a great source of information to members of the public who are researching Family Histories.
After leaving the museum it is worth walking up the hill to Belle Vue Park to visit the impressive Portland Stone memorial to the RN Patrol Service standing 50feet high surmounted by a golden galleon, with 17 bronze panels bearing the names of the 2,385 men who were killed and have no known grave but the sea.
For additional information about admission, opening hours, access, facilities and learning opportunities, please visit the museum website.
Royal Naval Patrol Service Museum
Tel: 01502 586 250