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.
HELP SOUTHWOLD MUSEUM
TO OPEN AGAIN IN 2021
Our beautiful little museum is currently locked down. Because it is so tiny and so old, we need to carry out significant changes, some structural, before we can safely open. We estimate it will cost several thousand pounds. This, after a season when we have had no income – because our income depends solely on donations from visitors.
So we’re asking our friends and everyone who values local history to help us meet the cost of opening again in 2021.
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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