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 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

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.
Calm During the Storm

Calm During the Storm: Wartime and Embroidery

  • 17 January — 28 June 2015 *on now

“Calm During the Storm: Wartime and Embroidery” is a new exhibition from the Embroiderers Guild which will be displayed in Abbots Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life from 17th January to 28th June 2015.

Using both historical and contemporary pieces, this poignant and timely exhibition portrays the role of needlework, especially embroidery, as a calming influence in troubled times and links it to personal experiences.

The exhibition covers both world wars with pieces ranging from small embroideries such as postcards, a tea cosy and handkerchiefs, to artefacts such as sweetheart pincushions produced by disabled servicemen. There are also Penelope needlework kits designed especially for servicemen from His Majesty’s Forces during World War II as well as pieces made by those left behind on the Home Front. Alongside the embroideries will be examples of contemporary magazines such as ‘Stitchcraft’ and ‘Embroidery’ (the Guilds own magazine) with articles and tips on making the most of what you have during wartime.

Bringing the story right up to date will be contemporary pieces inspired by more recent conflicts, such as Comment on the Afghan War by Cobie Erskine and A Life Worth Living by Lisa Earley.

Lisa Harris, Collections and Interpretation Manager at the Museum says, “When a local branch member of the Guild asked us to help bring this exhibition to the East Anglian region, it was hard to refuse! So often our personal memories of embroidery relate to older family members who tried to teach us when we were younger or experiences of using chunky materials at school. Rarely do we realise the importance that needlework and embroidery can play in improving our personal wellbeing. From wounded servicemen finding ways to recover from injury through to family members left behind, each embroidered piece adds to the story of how busying the hands can help still the mind.”

All the pieces for the exhibition have been specially selected from the magnificent collection held by the Embroiderers Guild – the UK's leading educational charity promoting embroidery.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Free to visit

Website

http://eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2015/01/17/calm-during-the-storm-wartime-and-embroidery.html

Stowmarket Day

Stowmarket Free Day

  • 22 March 2015 11am-4:30pm

The Museum of East Anglian Life opens for the 2015 season with its annual Stowmarket Day on the 22nd March

With historic machinery in action, family activities and demonstrations of 19th century printing, Stowmarket 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://eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2015/03/22/stowmarket-day.html

Easter

Easter Fun Day

  • 5 April 2015 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://eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on/2015/04/05/easter-fun-day.html

Blues Festival

Blues Festival

  • 6 June 2015

In conjunction with BBC Radio Suffolk and Stowmarket Town Council, 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/2014/05/24/blues-festival.html

Beer Festival

Beer Festival

  • 9 — 12 July 2015

The Museum of East Anglian Life in association with CAMRA- the Campaign for Real Ale holds its 18th Annual Festival of Beer and Brewing from the 9th-12th July 2015. 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

  • 8 August 2015 10am-4:30pm
  • 9 August 2015 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

Website

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

Traditional Music Day

Traditional Music Day

  • 5 September 2015

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

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

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).

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