The Museum is at 49 High Street, towards
North Entrance, just by the railway bridge.
Welcome to the Saxmundham Museum on the
Saxmundham Town Council website.
From 3n4 April until 30th
September. Monday to Saturday including Bank Holidays but excluding
Sundays and Good Friday, from 10:00am until 1:00pm. In addition
the Museum will be open each day of the Arts Festival Week in October,
from 19th until 28th,including Sundays.
There is no charge for
admission but donations are very welcome. All donations go towards
the upkeep of the Museum, buying artefacts and making improvements
to the Museum.
the outside the Museum looks small but we do have five rooms.
On entering the Museum you will be welcomed by the stewards on duty,
but at once you will be transformed back to the late forties because
on your left there is a complete station booking office, with
staff, ladies room, etc. The booking office is so realistic
that you can almost smell smoke in the air as the train draws into
Saxmundham station. Also in the reception area to celebrate the
Olympic games and the Olympic Torch coming through Saxmundham on
July 5th we have mementos from the 1948 Olympic Games.
you will visit the Green Room where local history is covered, including
photographs of the Anglo Saxon artefacts which were found while
archaelogists were 'digging' at the Hopkins Homes site. We
also have a replica of the head of Claudius (the original cast being
found in Rendham). Perhaps the only modern piece of equipment
in the Museum is a touch screen showing many historic photographs
of both the town and surrounding villages.
through, you come to the cinema where this year we are showing a
DVD of the Queen's Coronation and you can easily pass an hour watching
bye-gone days, sitting in the tip-up seats. On to the Courtyard
with replica shops from Saxmundham, and also the Cell where the
Beadle and the prisoner talk over his crime! Lastly, there
is the Exhibition Room where the displays are changed every year
or two, and this year we are featuring a 'royal' display of memorabilia
from the Queen's Accession and Coronation, which we are sure everyone
will find quite fascinating.
One of the many photographs in the Saxmundham Museum - this one
being driven through town along South Entrance. The shop on the
right was a wine seller (the sign says "H Waller & Sons
- Est 1835"): it is now no longer an off-license today but the building looks very much
Friends of the Museum
Are you a Friend of the
Museum? Would you like to become one? The annual subscription is
£15.00, and you will be invited to at least three Open Evenings
for Friends. Further details and an application form can be obtained
from the Museum.
Elizbeth Masterton Smith would be
delighted if you phone her on 01728 604402 and say you can spare
a few hours a week or month to help steward the Museum. It's not
arduous and you will make a lot of friends and meet a lot of interesting
Please come and visit
the Museum, it is well worth a visit and we look forward to welcoming
you and answering as many questions as we can.
The Museum is grant aided by the Local Heritage Initiative which
is a partnership between the Heritage Lottery Fund, Nationwide Building
Society and the Countryside Agency.
Clubs and Societies
Although the Museum is only open during the
mornings, arrangements can be made to open the Museum at a time
convenient to you by phoning Richard Crisp on 01728 663583.
We look forward to meeting you.