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 30,000 objects in its collection.

Venue Type:

Museum, Historic house or home

Opening hours

Main Museum Site and Abbot's Hall open, 24 March - 28 October
Tuesday to Saturday 10am-4.30pm
Sunday 11am-4.30pm
(Open Bank Holiday Mondays and Mondays in the School Holidays)

Main museum site closed October-March

Admission charges

Adult £8.25
Concession £7.15
Child (4 to 16) £4.70
Family £22.00

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.
Children's Birthday Parties are available
Premises can be booked for meetings and functions
Museum site is available for weddings, see www.abbotshallweddings.co.uk

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 cabinet full of intriguing museum exhibits

Civilisations: Search for the Stars at the Museum of East Anglian Life

  • 6 March 2018 10am-3:30pm

What is civilisation?

This is the question at the heart of the BBC’s new series, Civilisations, and the festival of events around it. For our special Civilisations day, the Museum of East Anglian Life is offering you the chance to explore what civilisation means to you by sifting through our collection for the objects that you find special or intriguing. Our collection tells the stories of East Anglian lives through objects ranging from steam engines to children’s toys to wedding dresses.

Our new project, Search for the Stars, aims to create an online catalogue of all our collection objects which will be available for everyone to use. To do this, we need your help transferring all the information we have on our objects from paper record cards to an online system. At the same time, we’d like you to spot any ‘star’ objects among the records which you think are particularly interesting. Everyone has their own interests and expertise, so we want to know what appeals to you personally.

This is a fantastic chance to get hands on and go ‘behind the scenes’ at the museum. The day will include an introduction to the museum and collection, training in using the online system and a session working with the record cards to get them online and identify star objects. We will also be offering a special tour of the collection store, so you can see some of the objects you have been working with.

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided and our café will be open, selling meals, snacks and drinks.

Please contact Caitlin Peck in advance to book your place at this event.

Email: caitlin.peck@eastanglianlife.org.uk. Telephone: 01449 618227

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Admission

Free.

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

Discover more about the Museum of East Anglian Life by visiting 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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