Museum Of East Anglian Life

Abbot's Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life
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The Museum of East Anglian Life sits in over 70 acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside. The Museum features historic buildings, farm animals, a nature walk and over 40,000 objects in its collection.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Main Museum Site and Abbot's Hall open, 22nd March-7th November
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm
Sunday 11am-4.30pm
(Open Bank Holiday Mondays)

Abbot's Hall Winter Opening, November to March
Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

Main museum site closed November-March

Admission charges

Adult £8.25
Concession £7.15
Child (4 to 16) £4.70
Family £22.00
(Please note all prices here include a voluntary Gift Aid donation, for standard admission prices please see website www.eastanglianlife.org.uk)

We offer discounts for prebooked groups, please see website for details

Discounts

  • Museums Association
Getting there

The Museum is signposted from the main A14 trunk road and the B1115 to Great Finborough. The railway station is a 10 minute walk and the bus stop 5 minutes, making us easy to access with public transport, which we encourage through our Green MEAL scheme (see website for details).

Additional info

Our library and collections information are available to the public by appointment only. Coach parking is available on a book only basis.
Children's Birthday Parties are available
Premises can be booked for meetings and functions http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/functions.html

Collection details

Agriculture, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Land Transport, Science and Technology, Social History

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
A Shepherd Boy

Life through the Eyes of East Anglian Artists

  • 16 April 2016 — 31 March 2017 *on now

The 2015 Suffolk Museum of the Year, the Museum of East Anglian Life, is pleased to announce its latest temporary exhibition, “Life through the Eyes of East Anglian Artists”. The exhibition will feature paintings, drawings, and watercolours by well-known 19th and 20th century artists from our region; many of which have never been publicly displayed before. The pictures will be complemented by artefacts from the Museum collection to connect what we see with how we live now and in the past.

Lisa Harris, Collections and Interpretation Manager says, “The exhibition will cover farming and country life including harvest and the wool trade, as well as taking a look at the coastal economy and transport in the countryside.

Some of the artists may be familiar such as John Moore, Arthur James Stark and brothers Thomas and Edward Robert Smythe from the nineteenth century and the drawings of twentieth century artists Anna Airy and Harry Becker. All have connections with East Anglia and the works have been selected to illustrate the living and working conditions of local people.

The subjects of the paintings are brought to life by objects from the collection of the Museum of East Anglian Life, including shepherd’s clothing, farm implements and domestic necessities.”

The works that feature in this exhibition are selected from the private collection of Harold Day, author of many books on East Anglian Art, who began collecting in the early 1960’s. Many of the oil paintings are presented in their original frames and most have never been on public display before. This Exhibition represents a unique opportunity to see these beautiful pictures in the historic Abbots Hall, alongside examples of the real life objects found in them, selected from the Museum of East Anglian Life’s own Collection.

For details of workshops and events taking place to accompany the exhibition, please see our website: www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2016/04/16/life-through-the-eyes-of-east-anglian-artists.html

Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

  • 1 July 2016 From 7pm
  • 2 July 2016 From 2pm, From 7pm

The Museum of East Anglian Life is pleased to announce the first major outdoor theatre performance for Stowmarket, as Bury Theatre Workshop bring their production of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ to the Museum grounds, the back lawn of Abbot’s Hall, on Friday 1st July 7pm and Saturday 2nd July 2pm and 7pm.

The soldiers return to enjoy the comforts of home. Witty and determined bachelor Benedick encounters his old flame, the feisty Beatrice who is equally determined never to marry. Will the love that everyone but themselves can see they have for each other ever be requited? Meanwhile the much quieter Claudio falls instantly in love with Beatrice’s milder cousin Hero, and she with him, a far less complicated relationship you would suppose. But this match is not to the liking of the bitter and twisted Don John who plots the downfall of Hero on the occasion of her wedding day. This provides a darker side to the plot of one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies.
Handsome courtiers, beautiful heroines, villainous baddies, drunken and bawdy servants, idiotic watchmen; Much Ado brings you all of this in, of course, the timeless and wonderful language of Mr Shakespeare. As they act out this story for you, you’ll see that what was funny in 1600 is still very funny now!

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Tickets are Adult £10 and Children 12-18 £5 with under 12’s FREE available from Mid Suffolk Tourist Information Centre or online at www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

Website

http://eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2016/07/01/much-ado-about-nothing-shakespeare-in-the-park.html

Beer Festival

Beer Festival

  • 14 — 17 July 2016

The Museum of East Anglian Life in association with CAMRA- the Campaign for Real Ale holds its 20th Annual Festival of Beer and Brewing from the 14th-17th July 2016. The festival, which is held in the museum’s beautiful 13th century barn, features over 60 East Anglian real ales and a number of ciders and celebrates East Anglia’s rich heritage of brewing.

Admission will be £2.50 to the Beer Festival or is included in standard museum admission during the day. CAMRA members get in for free with a valid CAMRA membership.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

Admission charges apply

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2016/07/14/20th-festival-of-beer-and-brewing.html

Living History Fayre

East Anglian Living History Fayre

  • 13 — 14 August 2016

The Museum of East Anglian Life, crowned Suffolk’s Museum of the Year in 2015, has teamed up with local historical event specialists ‘Black Knight Historical’ to deliver what promises to be the best all round historical event of the Summer with the ‘East Anglian Living History Fayre’ due to be held over the weekend of 13th & 14th August 2016.

See the Museum’s 75 acre site brought alive with historical crafts demonstrated across the site, visitors will see working blacksmiths, wheelwrights, a printing press in action, coracle making, hurdle making and charcoal burning to name a few.

During this special summer weekend visitors will get to experience the magic of Steam Traction Engines in steam and vintage ploughing demonstrations. Take a look at an Edwardian Dinner party, and discover more about Victorian daily life. With Animals, Arena events, Storytelling, Military vehicles and a Historical shopping market, to name just some of the fantastic attractions planned*, there will be lots for families to enjoy as they leap into the past.

Ian Pycroft, owner of Black Knight said "This amazing event really will bring history alive! Visitors will be able to step back in time to meet ancestors all over the Museum. The Women’s Land Army will be working the farm- as they did during World War 2, Ladies from the Women’s Institute will be knitting for the war effort, and the Home Guard will protect us all from German invasion! All across the site, historical characters will delight and amaze you with their skills and knowledge. From Roman Legionaries to an audience with Queen Elizabeth I, William Shakespeare through to Viking Warriors, Falconry, Music & Dance, Gunpowder weapons demonstrations, Lectures from top local authors and speakers, and much more!"

This special new event promises to be an unforgettable experience. For information and enquiries contact the Museum on enquiries@eastanglianlife.org.uk or telephone 01449 612229
For event updates and announcements follow us on Facebook: Museum of East Anglian Life
For performers, traders, etc please contact Black Knight Historical on info@blackknighthistorical.co.uk


*correct as of Feb 6th - all activities are subject to change due to circumstances beyond our control.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission charges TBC

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2016/08/13/east-anglian-living-history-fayre.html

Traditional Music Day

Traditional Music Day

  • 3 September 2016 10am-4pm

Traditional Music Day takes place in the informal and intimate settings of the ancient barns, farmhouses and outbuildings – even an old “tin tabernacle” chapel - collected together at the Museum of East Anglian Life.

The guest line-up is always small and eclectic, and an array of local traditional musicians, singers and stepdancers feature alongside the big names.

An advance ticket is available from the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust www.eatmt.org.uk and gives you access to over 30 different events in many different locations on the museum site

Concert programme throughout the day featuring special guests
Stepdancing - the biggest annual gathering of stepdancers, featuring many from East Anglia
Stories in the woods & songs in the stables
Music & song sessions
Afternoon ceilidh
Talks about song-collecting and Gypsy wagons
Have-a-go sessions - a chance to try out traditional instruments including melodeons and concertinas, mouthorgans, spoons and jig dolls

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Concert tickets are available from the East Anglian Traditional Music Trust www.eatmt.org.uk

Normal Museum Admission is available on the day

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2016/09/03/traditional-music-day.html

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.
Recreated room in Crowe Street Cottages

Crowe Street Cottage Tours

The cottages are a pair of newly restored estate workers cottages dating back from 18th century. Their last occupant, Emily Wilding ran a dairy from the rear of the building and donated all her belongings to the museum when she vacated the cottages in the early 1970s. We offer guided tours twice daily for visitors to look inside, providing a unique snapshot of the life of a mid 20th century rural worker and their family.

How to obtain

A guided tour of Crowe Street Cottages is available between 11.00am-11.45am and 2.30pm-3.15pm and can be booked at the front desk upon arrival. Crowe Street tours are covered by normal Museum entry.

The Finch Family Workshop

A workshop for schools that explores Victorian life. Children help with the tasks of a Nineteeth Century home such as wash day and butter making. They are also introduced to handling artefacts. (Group size: one class; Key Stage 1 & 2)

Creator

  • Museum of East Anglian Life

Publisher

  • Museum of East Anglian Life

Languages

  • N/A

How to obtain

To book please contact Jo Rooks on 01449 612229 or email jo.rooks@eastanglianlife.org.uk. The Finch Family cost £10 per session (2 hrs, morning or afternoon. School visit rates = £3 per child, teachers/helpers free when booked.

The Victorian Classroom - The Pen and The Spade

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

The Victorian Classroom allows schools to discover and experience Victorian life. The workshop includes use of the schoolroom, costume, lesson plans and tools to take out in the fields. The activity is aimed towards Key Stage 1 & 2, group size up to 25, the workshop can be booked for either a morning or afternoon session.

Creator

  • Museum of East Anglian Life

Publisher

  • Museum of East Anglian Life

Languages

  • N/A

How to obtain

Please phone Jo Rooks, Sustainable Learning Officer at MEAL on 01449 612229 to book this workshop or email jo.rooks@eastanglianlife.org.uk. Teachers notes and lesson plans for the Victorian Classroom are available on the Museum website. The workshop costs £10 per session, school visits to MEAL are £3 per child, teachers/adult helpers are free of charge.

Getting there

The Museum is signposted from the main A14 trunk road and the B1115 to Great Finborough. The railway station is a 10 minute walk and the bus stop 5 minutes, making us easy to access with public transport, which we encourage through our Green MEAL scheme (see website for details).

Museum Of East Anglian Life
Iliffe Way
Stowmarket
Suffolk
IP14 1DL
England

Website

Our Website

www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

E-mail

enquiries@eastanglianlife.org.uk

Telephone

01449 612229

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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