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

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

Opening hours

Main Museum Site and Abbot's Hall open, End March to End October
Monday to Saturday 10am-5pm
Sunday 11am-5pm

Abbot's Hall Winter Opening, November to March
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.
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.
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Everybody’s Darling – the 1st World War Nurse

  • 4 August — 16 November 2014 *on now

In recognition of the 1st World War Commemorations starting in 2014, the Museum of East Anglian Life is pleased to announce plans to host the touring exhibition ‘Everybody’s Darling – the First World War Nurse’ in Abbot’s Hall.

During the First World War thousands of women served at home and overseas as nurses. This exhibition reveals the essential role that they fulfilled – a role which has often gone unrecognised.

Many women worked in one of the hundreds of military hospitals at home caring for the vast numbers of injured servicemen. Others worked on the Western and Eastern fronts, in casualty clearing stations and field hospitals close to the battle lines. They were closer to the front-line than in any previous conflict, working up to twenty hours a day often during heavy periods of fighting. Conditions were hazardous and gruelling and many nurses died on active service.

The exhibition will include many original artefacts including a poignant autograph book belonging to a nurse working at All Hallows Hospital, Ditchingham. Containing many messages of thanks and best wishes for the future, verses and poems and cartoons and drawings by wounded soldiers, it adds a very personal element to the exhibition.

In contrast to the realities on the battlefield, an idealised, romantic image of the nurse was frequently used for propaganda purposes during the war. The nurse tending an injured serviceman became an iconic image of the time and a range of such prints and illustrations complete the display.

Museum Curator, Lisa Harris says, “Being a rural life museum we are aware that the majority of our displays focus on the roles of men in the countryside. However, we hope that this exhibition will help draw out the hidden stories of the courageous, unsung heroines of the Great War both at home and overseas”.

For further information and updates on this exhibition, see www.eastanglianlife.org.uk

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Museum admission
Adults £6.90, Concessions £5.90, Children (4-16) £3.90. Family and group tickets available.

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2014/08/04/everybody-039-s-darling-the-first-world-war-nurse.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.
photograph of dog

Under five's Welly Walk

  • 24 September 2014 10:30-11:30am
  • 22 October 2014 10:30-11:30am
  • 26 November 2014 10:30-11:30am

Grab your wellies and join us for a led walk around the museum site. Help us to explore the museum, meet the animals and see how many puddles you can find! Keep a look out for our other early-years sessions.

Suitable for

  • 0-4

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2014/06/25/under-5-039-s-welly-walk.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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