Welcome to our Museum
Our special object was chosen as the Object of the Year 2017
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Our winter closure will be longer than normal
As the year draws to a close, the Museum is preparing for its winter closure. This year, however, the closure will be over a longer period. For some time now there has been a problem caused by damp in the railway buildings which house Halesworth and District Museum. Remedial work to address this problem in planned to take place shortly. Because of this, the Museum main display area and study room will be closed to the public from 11 November 2017 to the end of March 2018.
The work of the Museum for our community will be maintained over this period. We will be publishing new Museum material on our website and will continue to support the public with family research and history enquiries. We will also be contributing items on local history to the Community News. During this time you can contact the Museum by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone contact with the Chair Pauline Wilcock on 01986 873557 or Treasurer Brian Howard on 07715 679711.
To hear more about our plans over this period, and perhaps to catch up on our display regarding the Patrick Stead Hospital if you missed it during the recent Heritage Open Days, you are warmly invited to attend our Annual Public Meeting on 23 November at 7:00 at the United Reformed Church.
Opening Times 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.