Sutton Hoo, including the estate walks, is now closed whilst an exciting transformation of the site takes place!
The Heritage Lottery Funded project will enable the National Trust to create an experience that helps visitors discover more about this internationally significant site and how its stories have captured the imaginations of people the world over.
Plans include a 17 metre observation tower to give views over the entire burial ground and to the River Deben beyond, revealing the fascinating story of this evocative landscape. It was from the River Deben that an Anglo-Saxon ship was hauled up the valley before it formed the burial chamber found in Mound One, where the famous treasure was discovered by Suffolk archaeologist Basil Brown.
In addition to the tower, a full size sculpture representing the ship will be created and installed close to the visitor entrance and a new route around the site will allow visitors to walk in the steps of the Anglo-Saxons.
Tranmer House, the former home of Edith Pretty who instigated the dig that would lead to the discoveries, will be transformed with a new exhibition exploring a timeline of multiple discoveries and the ongoing research at this and other archaeological sites.
Enhanced guided tours, thought-provoking activities and installations, innovative interpretation and creative programming will all sit alongside a schools education programme.
It's such an exciting time! Make sure National Trust Sutton Hoo is on your list of places to visit for 2019! See website for more information, updates and news about the transformation.
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