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.