WELCOME TO SOUTHWOLD MUSEUM


 
9 -11 Victoria Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6HZ - Tel: 01502 725600 email
 
 
In the beginning
The Sea
Natural Southwold
Fishing
Transport to Southwold
Southwold at war
Christianity in Southwold
Industry
Arts & Crafts
Holidays & Leisure
Southwold the town
Southwold Shops & Trades
 
 
         

 

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The museum has full accreditation with the Arts Council of England


 

 

 

 

Southwold Museum has six objects on display on the BBC

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website

Check them out here...
Then see if you can find them in the museum.

   
     

Southwold's unique cottage museum is dedicated to the local and natural history of this corner of Suffolk. Owned and managed by the Southwold Museum & Historical Society, this tiny building houses an astonishing collection of objects, paintings, photographs, models and wildlife exhibits.

The whole span of history is here, from fossil remains through the Viking occupation, sea battles, the development of the town's architecture, its industries and artistic life, the rise and fall of its railway, its famous land-locked lighthouse, its ever-changing coastline... to the 20th century transformation of this busy fishing community into a prosperous seaside resort.

Southwold Museum underwent a major structural refit in 2006-2008, funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, with generous support from various local donors. Further significant work was undertaken in 2014-2016, funded entirely by local trusts and private donors. Every year since then we have made further improvements to the displays and have undertaken various community projects to explore our local history.

The Museum won a Special Award in 2015 for its family-friendly displays, and the award of Suffolk Museum of the Year in 2016. It is now recognised as one of the most exciting small museums in Britain.

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TO STAY OPEN

The cost of maintaing our museum in an ancient building is considerable and maintenance demands are constant. What's more we have had no income from visitor donations all the way through the pandemic.

So we’re asking our friends and everyone who values local history to help with an online donation.

It is very easy to give.  Just click the ‘DONATE’ button and follow the instructions.  Any amount will be gratefully received, and we’ll keep you updated here with progress towards our target.

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STOP PRESS!

The scheduled talk for Tuesday 30 November has had to be cancelled. Instead, our archivist, Robert Jellicoe will give us a talk based on his new book 'Shorelines'. See preview below. In contrast to his recent talk at the Ways with Words festival, this one will focus on some of the many photographs Bob has managed to source for the book. It is titled: VISUAL ASPECTS OF 'SHORELINES'
The event is at our new venue, the Millennium Hall and doors open at 2pm for a 2.30 start.

£3 for members £5 for visitors.

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The museum is now closed for the winter. We open again in the spring.

Click here for details of regular opening times.

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The Sept 2021 Members' Newsletter is now online

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JUST PUBLISHED:

SHORELINES


Voices of Southwold Fishermen

by Robert Jellicoe
Click image for details

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THURSDAY 22 SEPT 2016

Geophysical survey reveals traces of late medieval Southwold

CLICK HERE


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GEOPHYSICAL INVESTIGATION OF GUN HILL & SKILMAN'S HILL SEPTEMBER 2015
Full report now available.
VIEW A PDF COPY HERE (40 mb)

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ARCHAEOLOGICAL TEST PIT PROJECT 2014
The final report on last year's archaeological test pit excavations in Southwold & Reydon has now been published by the University of Cambridge'
DOWNLOAD A PDF COPY HERE.(4mb)

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If you would like to explore Suffolk's heritage in greater depth, visit

Suffolk Heritage Explorer

32,500 entries ranging from 700,000-year-old flint tools to Cold War military sites.

 

 

OUR COLLECTING AREA

The museum's collecting policy covers Southwold and its surrounding area, including the villages of Reydon, Wrentham, Wangford, Easton Bavents, Covehithe, Frostenden, Blythburgh, Walberswick, Wenhaston, Henham, Uggeshall and South Cove.

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Southwold Museum & Historical Society, 9 -11 Victoria Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6HZ
Tel:01502 725600 email

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