WELCOME TO SOUTHWOLD MUSEUM


 
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

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. .

Fascinating new exhibit for 2019 - a Gaumont Chrono film projector dating from around 1912, used in the early days of Southwold Cinema, generously donated to the museum by David Cleveland.

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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STOP PRESS!

The museum is now open for the 2019 season - every day from 2.00pm to 4.00pm

Click for details of regular opening times

 

July 2018

New Joint Curators

Sisters Jo Flunder and Val Waters have taken over as honorary Joint Curators following the retirement of Jan Holloway. This planned transition has been brought forward by a few months owing to Jan’s ill health, so we ask for your patience as they get to grips with our systems.

Jan was our tireless and outstanding Curator for nearly five years, and we wish her the very best for a full and speedy recovery.

Tribute from Simon Loftus


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:07708 781317 email

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