An Aldeburgh Secret Uncovered

Published: Thursday 17th Jan 2019

Written by: Sally Owen.

Aldeburgh is one of the Suffolk Coast’s most popular seaside towns.  Many a couple or family, once they’ve discovered this charming spot, return year after year to soak up the unique atmosphere and breathe in the fresh sea air of this thriving seaside resort.

But even for regular visitors, Aldeburgh has some hidden secrets, one of which is the Aldeburgh Museum.  Countless visitors walk past the impressive The Moot Hall, a fabulous timber framed 16th Century structure that sits proudly by the sea, next to the model boating lake, but not many know that it’s actually home to Aldeburgh Museum.

This year, the Museum and all its secrets and stories will be well and truly uncovered thanks to Heritage Lottery Funding and the efforts of a dedicated group of volunteers, who will be helping to deliver a very exciting renovation project.

Guest blogger and project lead Fiona Lewington explains more here:

“Aldeburgh Museum’s aim is to regenerate itself so that it is fit for the 21st century to meet and exceed visitors’ expectations and enhance their experience of the Moot Hall and Aldeburgh’s rich heritage through new interpretation, improved access and wider engagement”The Aldeburgh Museum 2019

New Interpretation

In the months ahead, thanks to funding from individuals, private and public bodies, and the  Heritage Lottery Fund, Aldeburgh Museum will have a facelift “fit for the 21st century” transforming it for both the community and visitors.The Moot Hall is in the process of being stripped out, with the curator and volunteers carefully wrapping and storing exhibits in a temporary location until their new home is ready.  By the summer, the Museum will be transformed to provide a fitting environment for showcasing Aldeburgh’s heritage through the ages, from the Romans, the Anglo-Saxons and the Tudors, to the Victorians and the present day.

Wider Engagement

The Museum will be launching  a variety of activities and events that appeal to a wide range of audiences, from a family-friendly town trail to summer storytelling and costumed ‘living history’ events celebrating the diversity of Aldeburgh’s history.  Resources and activities will be created that spark the imagination of visiting children.  For visitors who want to learn a little more, talks and guided tours will be available to broaden knowledge and encourage further exploration of the town.

Improved Access

The Museum’s new and improved website will provide useful information in advance of a visit, provide reference material for browsers, and serve those with additional needs. Specially commissioned digital media will complement the exhibitions, whilst friendly and experienced stewards will be on hand to welcome visitors. 

For more information about the transformation of Aldeburgh Museum take a look here.

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