Museums and Groups in Suffolk

There are lots of ways that you can discover more about Suffolk’s rich archaeology.

Online resources

The Suffolk Heritage Explorer website offers more information about the work of Suffolk County Council’s archaeology service and access to the county’s Historic Environment Record (HER), which contains a record of all the known archaeological sites and historic building in Suffolk. The website also offers links to PDFs of the Survey of Suffolk Parish History published by Wendy Goult in 1990.

Publications

An Historical Atlas of Suffolk – Compiled by 39 of the county’s leading scholars, provide an authoritative yet accessible guide to the geology, archaeology, history and buildings of Suffolk.

East Anglian Archaeology Reports – Much of the back catalogue are now available to download as PDFs from the website. Newer reports will be gradually added.

Places to visit

Moyses Hall Museum, Bury St Edmunds – focusing on Suffolk’s medieval and post-medieval history with regularly changing exhibitions.

West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village – a reconstructed Anglo-Saxon village with extensive indoor galleries. Visit their ‘what’s on‘ page for upcoming events.

Sutton Hoo – an extensive National Trust visitor centre adjacent to the famous Anglo-Saxon royal burial site.

Ipswich Museum – galleries featuring Suffolk’s archaeology from early prehistory to more recent times, but particularly rich in Anglo-Saxon material. Finds from the Anglo-Saxon palace site at Rendlesham will go on display there soon.

Mildenhall Museum – a volunteer run museum focusing on the archaeology and history of the local area. See the Lakenheath warrior and horse burial and replicas of the famous Mildenhall Treasure.

Halesworth and District Museum – displays of local archaeology, including the Wissett and Bramfield Bronze Age hoards.

Societies and organisations

The Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History – Suffolk’s largest and oldest archaeological and historical society. The publish annual proceedings and a newsletter, organise regular excursions and lectures and have a field group that carry out documentary research, fieldwalking, metal detecting, geophysical surveys and small excavations. PDFs of Suffolk County Council Archaeology Service’s annual round ups in their proceedings can be viewed here.

The Sutton Hoo Society – the Society has an extensive training programme for Sutton Hoo Society Guides who offer burial site tours and Exhibition Talks, and works alongside the National Trust to promote interest in the site and Anglo-Saxon archaeology and history. They publish a newsletter and hold regular lectures and conferences.

Breaking New Ground is a Heritage Lottery Fund partnership project celebrating the natural, archaeological and built heritage of the Suffolk Brecks. This dry, sandy area on the border between Suffolk and Norfolk is exceptionally rich in archaeology and the project offers occasional opportunities for volunteers to get involved in small fieldwork projects. The project’s website is also a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to find out more about this unique landscape.