WELCOME TO SOUTHWOLD MUSEUM
SUFFOLK MUSEUM OF THE YEAR 2016-17

 
9 -11 Victoria Street, Southwold, Suffolk IP18 6HZ - Tel: 07708 781317 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
 
 
         

 

This site is generously sponsored by
Adnams PLC

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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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. .

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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.

Following a recent major refit funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and with the generous support of the Southwold Trust and the Adnams Charity, you will find many fascinating new displays. We confidently believe that ours is now one of the most exciting small museums in the country.

Women's suffrage: pinning your colours...

Our special 2018 display

Suffragettes often wore jewellery with a secret colour code, Green, White and Violet whose initials may have signified 'Give Women Votes'. This delicate insect brooch is an example

The militant Suffragette movement was not active in Southwold but there was a significant chapter of the non-violent Suffragist movement here. There was even a small chapter of the National League for Opposing Woman Suffrage. The badge on the right was worn by a local member.

The Suffragist movement in Southwold is the subject of our special 2018 display at the museum.

 

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2018 SEASON
OPEN FROM GOOD FRIDAY
30 MARCH

EVERY AFTERNOON 2.00 TILL 4.00

PLUS

 We are hoping to open the following extra sessions:-

Easter Saturday March 31st – open from 10.00 until 4.00
Easter Monday April 2nd  – open from 10.00 until 4.00
May Day Weekend Saturday May 5th  – open from 10.00 until 4.00
May Day weekend Monday May 7th – open from 10.00 until 4.00
Spring Bank Weekend Saturday May 26th– open from 10.00 until 4.00
 Spring Bank Monday May 28th– open from 10.00 until 4.00
Arts Festival Saturday  June 23rd– open from 10.00 until 4.00
August Bank Holiday Saturday Aug 25th – open from 10.00 until 4.00
August Bank Holiday Monday Aug 27th– open from 10.00 until 4.00

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THURSDAY 22 SEPT 2016

Geophysical survey reveals traces of late medieval Southwold

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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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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:07708 781317 email

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