Welcome to our Museum
Our special object was chosen as the Object of the Year 2017
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The Halesworth and District Museum will be opening soon!
The last few months there has been major remedial work undertaken to stop the damp problems at our end of the station, which were paid for by the Town Council. This has meant that the Museum has been closed for a protracted period. However we will be starting the season with a number of new displays: “They paid the price … men from Halesworth killed in the Great War”; “The British Red Cross in Halesworth & District 1914-1918”, and “The de Argenteins, Lords of Halesworth Manor”. In the near future we will be having a new cabinet for the Wissett Hoards and a revised Geology display showing some of the erratics found in the area.
The museum is in the process of finalising a book, “The de Argentein Family; Cup-bearers to Medieval Kings”, the de Argenteins were Lords of Halesworth Manor in the medieval period.
We will be having a Grand Re-Opening Day on May Bank Holiday Monday, 7th May. The Mueum will be open from 10 in the morning until 4pm
If you want to visit us before then (some exhibition set up will be underway, so the museum will not be fully open) we will be open from 17th April
We need more Friends!
The Friends of the Halesworth and District Museum have provided help to our Museum over many years with support in the form of ideas, practical effort and resources. Membership of the Friends runs from April to March. To down load an application for click on this link. Friends Application 2018-19
Opening Times 17th April 2018 onwards
Tuesday to Saturday 10.00 am to 12.30 pm and Wednesday afternoons 2 pm to 4 pm
More information Information for Visitors
When you visit Halesworth make sure you visit the Museum, housed in our Victorian Railway Station. For more than twenty years volunteers have been collecting and researching the history and archaeology of this fascinating corner of Suffolk. Spend some time with the displays which will take you across 10,000 years, from the earliest settlers in the Blyth Valley to the busy hub of malting, brewing and agriculture which was the town in Victorian times.
In the lobby there is a special emphasis on the railway, with its unique moveable platforms. Come and see how they worked and learn about the history of the two historic railway lines in Halesworth.
From the lobby entre the museum through the door with Waiting Room above it. (don’t be confused by the small office, this is the local community bus office and is often full of drivers!).
Once in the museum you will see a sign to the Study Room, where there is research material for anyone interested in exploring local social or family history in the area, collections of historical photographs and much more for you to peruse at your leisure.
There are activity trays for the young and reminiscence boxes available for loan for the not so young. Groups are welcome by appointment and the Museum is keen to take its wares out into the community.
In 2015, New Cut Arts (the charity which runs The Cut) formed a partnership with the Halesworth & District Museum with the intention of bringing this industrial heritage back into public consciousness: re-presenting the MALT Story through the combination of historical research and creative thinking that has become the Trail & Experience.
Note . . . . .
If you are planning to visit the Museum for a specific purpose, for example to research your family history, it will be best to contact us first to ensure that the best volunteer is available.
The defined area of the Museum is the town of Halesworth and the villages and hamlets of its hinterland that have historically looked towards Halesworth as the nearest market town; the villages and hamlets being Spexhall, Wissett, Rumburgh, Chediston, Linstead Magna, Linstead Parva, Huntingfield, Cookley, Walpole, Bramfield, Thorington, Blythburgh, Henham, Bulcamp, Sotherton, Westhall, Holton, Blyford and Wenhaston.