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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
 
 
         

Photographs on this page by Caroline Munn whose copyright they are.

 

This site is generously sponsored by
Adnams PLC

 

Southwold Museum has six objects on display on the BBC

History of the World
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.

Interior view of the redesigned museum

The whole span of history is here, from fossil remains through 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.

In 2008, the museum reopened after a major rebuilding and redesign programme funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund with generous support from the Southwold Trust and the Adnams Charity. The Southwold Museum has now been brought impressively into the 21st Century with interactive displays, equal-access facilities, automated climate-control and much enhanced display space. Yet at the same time it retains the intimacy and charm that have made it such a well loved local institution for more than seventy years.

Latest...
In addition to a large number of extracts from the Museum's oral history archive, this site now contains about 18 embedded movie clips. Most of these were shot in the 1920s and 30s by Barrett Jenkins and we are indebted to his daughter, Ann Thornton, for helping us to compile and identify these clips. The Museum has recently benefited from a generous grant by the Barrett Jenkins Charitable Trust, in the form of a new exhibition area which enables us to provide appropriate display facilities for a recently acquired collection of fossils as well as for items from our garment collection.

As part of the 2014 Southwold Arts Festival,
Southwold Museum and Historical Society present
an illustrated talk by Barry Tolfree on Thursday 3 July 2014 at 11 am in the Methodist Hall, Southwold.
" Southwold & Son: Tales from Southwold's Independent Trading Community a Century ago"
TIckets £4 (£3 SMHS Members)
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Exterior view of the museum

This website is designed as a virtual version of the museum itself. Please feel free to wander round it as your curiosity leads you. There are lots of diversions and most of the images are 'clickable', many of them with links which open up interesting new avenues to explore...

Please report any problems with this website here.

SOUND CLIPS
The sound clips from our oral history archive which are embedded on several of the pages of the web site, have not been working for some time. This is because the Google mp3 player used was withdrawn from service by Google. I have now converted the clips to Google's new player and all now seem to be working. Please let me know if you encounter any further problems and accept my apologies for the delay in identifying and correcting this problem.

BT


APPEAL!
Can you help us uncover the history of Southwold shops and trades?

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The Museum is now closed until Good Friday 2014

Click for details of regular opening times

Wish you were here
in the early 1900s!
Check out the happy holiday snaps at the bottom of this page

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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