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

Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Edgelands

Edgelands

  • 18 July 2015 — 12 March 2016 *on now

Edgelands is a free photographic exhibition by Tom Owens, featuring a selection of images exploring the buffer zones where the urban meets the countryside.

Tom Owens is fascinated by light, colour and his surroundings, and the official labelling of designated areas of outstanding natural beauty (AONB) has made him question what is beautiful in the countryside.

Since childhood, Owens has been interested in the environments within which he has played, worked and travelled. He finds that morning or evening light transforms dull environments into something beautiful. These places are often only glimpsed as commuters travel in and out of towns.

Owens seeks to challenge the notion that an Act of Parliament defines what is outstandingly beautiful. He decided to do this by photographing from outside the boundaries of the Suffolk Coast and Heaths AONB along the Shotley Peninsula. His work evolved to focus on the interfaces between urban and rural environments to the west and north of Ipswich.

In a digital age, where we get instant feedback from cameras, taking photographs with a camera that is little different to one used in the late 19th century slows the whole process. Owens has to trust in his measurements and process to expose film with a final image in mind.

The initial Edgelands series has been exhibited in Ipswich and London. Owens’ book of the series was shortlisted in the Royal Photographic Society's inaugural Photobook exhibition and was shortlisted from worldwide submissions.

Owens was awarded a BA(Hons) Photography from UCS, Ipswich in 2014 and holds an Associate distinction with the Royal Photographic Society.



www.tjowens.com

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Admission to Abbot's Hall is free of charge

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2015/07/18/edgelands-photographic-exhibition.html

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.
Visit us

Discover Day 2016

  • 20 March 2016 11am-4:30pm

The Museum of East Anglian Life opens for the 2016 season with Discovery Day 2016 on the 20th March

With historic machinery in action, family activities and demonstrations of 19th century printing, Discovery Day provides the perfect opportunity for locals to see the Museum come alive and check what’s new this year.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2016/03/20/discovery-day-039-16.html

Easter

Easter Fun Day

  • 27 March 2016 11am-4:30pm

Help feed spring lambs and talk to a real-life shepherd. Try your hand at the Egg Shy or see if you can beat your family at an egg and spoon race. Have a go at designing an Easter egg and solve the Easter Hunt clues around the museum site to claim your eggy prize! Food and refreshments are available in our on-site cafe The Osier or you are welcome to bring a picnic to eat enjoying the wonderful views across the museum’s 80 acre site. Event is free to Members. Group discounts are available for groups of 10 people or more who prebook, for more information call 01449 612229.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adults £7.50, Children £4.25. Family tickets and concessions also available, see website for details

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2016/03/27/easter-fun-day.html

Blues Festival

StowBlues Festival

  • 11 June 2016

In conjunction with BBC Radio Suffolk, we present our annual Blues Festival, a one day event featuring blues acts from across the east of England.

Last year’s event was a brilliant success with a great line up of superb local Blues bands. Organised by Mike Rushmore, lead singer and percussionist with the popular acoustic rock blues band Back Porch, this year has another fantastic line up of bands.

In addition to the entertainment on offer, there will be a (well stocked!) CAMRA supported real ale bar and food will be available from on-site café The Osier throughout the day.

Please note that alcohol brought in from outside StowBlues is not permitted at the festival.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • 18+

Admission

Tickets available in advance and on the day.

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2016/06/11/stowblues-festival.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

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.

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.

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.

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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