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.

Wattisham Airfield Exhibition @ the Museum of East Anglian Life

  • 4 — 11 July 2015

Come along to Abbot's Hall at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket to see an exhibition about Wattisham Airfield during the Second World War.

The Heritage Lottery Funded project the "Eighth in the East" are working with Ringhshall School to put together an exhibition on the history of Wattisham Airfield, focussing on the time it was under American control in the Second World War.

Members of the Eighth in the East team will also be in attendance from 2pm on Saturday 11th July to discuss the exhibition and the projects volunteering opportunities in regards to archaeology. A small exhibition on the 8th in the East's work in Suffolk will also be on display.

Website

http://www.archaeologyfestival.org.uk/events/2045

Edgelands

Edgelands

  • 18 July 2015 — 12 March 2016

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.
My Museum Competiton

My Museum- Photography Competition

  • Until 30 September 2015 *on now

Grab your camera, smartphone or tablet device and head down to the Museum of East Anglian Life this summer as we launch the ‘My Museum’ photography competition for Museum Visitors. No matter what your skill level, the ‘My Museum’ competition is open for everyone to have a go. Snap a picture, send it in and you could be in the running for a prize!

Use our 75 acres of stunning Suffolk countryside, heritage buildings and resident wildlife as inspiration. Take photos of your day out, of your friends and family, of anything from creepy crawlies in the Walled Garden, to the turkeys and pigs in the animal area. We want to see how you view the Museum in an image that represents one of the competition categories:

· Wildlife

· Landscape

· Architecture

· People

· Heritage.

For budding photographers, the Young Photographer categories (up to 11 and 12-18) will allow for younger visitors to also take part in a competition that all the family can enjoy.

Category winners will receive a great prize and one lucky overall winner will see their image chosen as the cover image for the Museum’s 2016 attraction leaflet, with over 40,000 leaflets distributed throughout East Anglia. An incredible opportunity for somebody to see their photography work exposed to a large audience.

Anybody that visits the Museum during the competition is eligible to enter. Take advantage of wide open green space, the River Rat nature trail and hidden gems such as the Walled Garden and Bee Garden to capture a winning image. Think you’ll need more than one visit? Why not purchase a Membership and come back as many times as you need. Additionally, when you purchase a Membership to enter the competition, you will have the fantastic opportunity to join a photography training day to be held with a professional photographer, allowing you to pick up some handy hints and tips to help create your perfect image

Suitable for

  • Any age

Admission

Competition is free with standard admission or a Membership, for details see website

Website

http://www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/visit-us/039-my-museum-039-photography-competition.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).

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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