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In the beginning
The Sea
Natural Southwold
Fishing
Transport to Southwold
Southwold at war
Christianity in Southwold
Industry
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Southwold the town
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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.

Viking Rudders

Viking ships had huge side-mounted steering oars instead of rudders. Two of them were found near Southwold and are now a highlight of our collection.


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.

Tools of the trade in Victorian Southwold: a doctor's travelling medicine case and the business end of an eel spear, made by GE Child in his Market Place foundry.

 

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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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The museum is now open for the 2015 season.

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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: 01502 726097 email

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