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Bringing Sutton Hoo to life in the library

Written by · Published Nov 19, 2018

Suffolk Libraries is pleased to be working with the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo to host a series of roadshows over the next few months whilst the world famous site is closed for major development work.

Sutton Hoo has now closed until Spring 2019 as work gets underway on a £4 million Heritage Lottery funded project to transform the site called ‘Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story’.

To ensure that people can continue discovering the story of the Anglo-Saxons who buried their king in Suffolk, the Sutton Hoo team will be embarking on an ambitious roadshow that will see them visiting libraries, schools, supermarkets and other venues around the county.

The roadshows will include a chance to see the stunning replica artefacts including the famous Sutton Hoo helmet, buckle and shoulder clasp, there will also be activities for children and expert talks about both the site’s fascinating history and its exciting future.

James Powell, spokesman for Suffolk Libraries said: “We’re really excited to be hosting these roadshows in our libraries. It’s a fantastic idea to bring the treasures of one of the county’s most significant historic sites out to the community while the site is closed and the team at Sutton Hoo have a range of engaging activities planned which I’m sure will be very popular.”

Allison Girling, property operations manager for Sutton Hoo said: “Closing the site for the work to take place is an essential, so we decided that if visitors can’t go to Sutton Hoo, then Sutton Hoo will go to them.

“As well as an unusual way to meet the team and discover more about the Sutton Hoo story, it’s also a rare opportunity to see some of our exhibition items up close, ask questions and imagine what life must have been like for a Suffolk king in Anglo-Saxon times.”

There will be several library roadshows from October to March 2019 with the first one taking place next Wednesday (10 October) at Stoke Library in Ipswich. The full details of library roadshows confirmed so far is:

Future dates (with full details to be confirmed):

  • 12 February 2019 - Beccles Library
  • 14 February - Newmarket Library
  • 22 February - Stoke Library
  • 9 March - Aldeburgh Library
  • 14 March - Debenham Library

The specific details of each event, including timings, will be confirmed nearer the time. We also hope to add more library events.

For more information, visit the National Trust website.

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