Museum Of East Anglian Life

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

Fax

01449 672307

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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 feature historic buildings, farm animals, a nature walk and over 40,000 objects in its collection.

Venue Type:

Museum, Heritage site, Historic house or home, Agricultural site, Industrial heritage site, Garden, parklands or rural site

Opening hours

Abbot's Hall Open
Tuesday-Friday 10am-5pm
Saturday 10am-4pm

Main museum site closed November-March

Admission charges

Adult £6.90
Concession £5.90
Child (4 to 16) £3.90
Family £19.00

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.

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.
Easter

Easter Fun Day

  • 20 April 2014 11am-5pm *on now

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 £6.90, Concessions £5.90, Children £3.90. Family tickets also available.

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2014/04/20/easter-fun-day.html

May Day

May Day Celebrations

  • 5 May 2014 10am-5pm

Join us for a May Day like no other, with our annual May Day Celebrations. Enjoy the traditional crowning of a May Queen, Morris Dancing and Maypole dancing, this is one event the entire family cannot miss! For further information contact the Museum on 01449 612229.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £6.90, Concession £5.90, Child £3.90. Family tickets also available.
Group discounts available for groups of 10 people and more if prebooked.

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2014/05/05/may-day-celebrations.html

Beer Festival

Beer Festival

  • 26 — 29 June 2014

The Museum of East Anglian Life in association with CAMRA- the Campaign for Real Ale holds its 17th Annual Festival of Beer and Brewing from the 26th-29th June. 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/2014/06/26/18th-festival-of-beer-and-brewing.html

Steam and Crafts

Steam and Crafts Weekend

  • 9 — 10 August 2014 10am-5pm

Visitors will be able to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the machines of yesteryear, as well as checking out a range of crafts and skills, many of which are experiencing a revival at the present time. The Museum’s 80 acre site will be buzzing with working machinery, demonstrations and plenty of live action, as well as all the usual displays, exhibits and historic buildings.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Adult £6.90, Concession £5.90, Child £3.90. Family tickets also available. Group discounts available for pre-booked groups of 10 or more people, for details telephone 01449 612229.

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2014/08/09/steam-and-crafts-weekend.html

Traditional Music Day

Traditional Music Day

  • 30 August 2014

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 from 11 am to 5.30pm

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

Admission

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

Normal Museum Admission is available on the day, but does not give access to all the concerts

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2014/08/30/traditional-music-day.html

Countryside at War

Countryside at War

  • 14 September 2014 11am-5pm

Visitors can discover what life was like in the Suffolk countryside during the Second World War through demonstrations, re-enactments, wartime vehicles and family activities, in a day out for all the family to enjoy. Discover what people in the countryside did during the war; watch our Steam Team and Land Army Girls as they demonstrate steam thrashing and wartime farming. Join our costumed staff and volunteers as we help bring history to life. Collect your identity card, join the Home Guard for drill practice, and learn how to put out fires with a stirrup pump! For details call 01449 612229.

Suitable for

  • Any age
  • Family friendly

Admission

Standard Museum Admission Applies. Adults £6.90, Concessions £5.90, Children £3.90. Family tickets available. Group discounts available for prebooked parties of 10 or more.

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2014/09/14/countryside-at-war.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).

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