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is at 49 High Street, towards North Entrance, just by the
to the Saxmundham Museum on the Saxmundham Town Council website.
26 March until 30th September. Monday to Saturday including Bank
Holidays but excluding Sundays and Good Friday, from 10:00am until
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.
year, the window has been completely revamped. The backdrop is now
an aerial view of Saxmundham, and if you can spare the time why
not spot your house! the trains are still running but the station,
gates, etc. have all been repainted and the whole window has been
rejuvenated. From 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
you will visit the Green Room where local history is covered, including
photographs of the Anglo Saxon artefacts which were found while
archaeologists 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 Memories of the First World War 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 display of First
World War memorabilia which we are sure everyone will find quite
One of the many photographs in the
Saxmundham Museum - this one shows pigs
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 the same.
Friends of the Museum
you a Friend of the Museum? Would you like to become one? The annual
subscription is £15.00 or £20.00 for a family, you will
be invited to at least three Open Evenings for Friends. Further
details and an application form can be obtained from the Museum.
Wills Crisp would be delighted if you phone him on 01728
663583 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 visitors.
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.
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
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.
look forward to meeting you.