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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
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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. On loan courtesy of J Hadgraft.

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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STOP PRESS!

Sept 2018

Museum Object of the Year

Congratulations to the Red House, Aldeburgh on winning the public vote for the museum object of the year. See the winner and all the other entrants by following this link.

 

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

 

The museum is open for the 2018 season

EVERY AFTERNOON 2.00 TILL 4.00
Our last day of the 2018 season is Sunday 28th October

Click for details of regular opening times



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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