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Museum improvements

6 February 2017

The Museum is reopening tomorrow after the completion of the first phase of work funded by the “Ready to Borrow Grant”. The main room and the study room have been redecorated, the security system has been upgraded and new carpeting has been laid in the public areas. Our spring exhibition has been delayed a few weeks but will be ready by the end of the month.
Pictures of the main room and some of our reference works.

Come and visit us soon.

IMG_1888IMG_1887IMG_1885January 2017

The READY TO BORROW GRANT has allowed us to do a number of improvements to the public area.

So for (end of January 2017) we have pained throughout, improved the security and are carpeting the Main Room, the Entrance Lobby and the Study Room. Here are some pictures taken on 27th January.

Two views of the main room with carpet down, but cabinets bare.
The CCTV console at the stewards desk The study room, which needs to be cleared on Monday. Just tilt your head to the side!
A panorama showing work to date


Museum Talks 2017
We have four more talks this year, two in the spring and two in the autumn.

20 April
Roy Tricker: ‘Suffolk Churches’
18 May
Rachel Duffield: ‘Historical Characterisation:
Tudor Times’
21 September
Vic Gray: ‘Malt: Halesworth’s Road to Fame and Fortune’
12 October
Dave Wollweber: The Argenteins


Talks start at 7:30 pm at the United Reformed Church, Quay Street, Halesworth IP19 8EP
Admission: £3.00; Friends of the Museum: £1.50

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Window Pictures

Four projects finished so far this financial year. The new heating system is in and working, the entrance hall has new lighting, the display cabinets have LED lights and we have just had the images fixed to the down stairs windows.

8 June 2016

Suffolk Museum of the Year

We have entered the Museum of the Year three years running. We have been runner up twice now. One aspect of the competition is the ‘Item of the Year’. We would like to get nominations for this item from you. All you have to do is to visit the Museum and choose one of the items on view, or even an item in the store if you have one in mind. We will need a picture of it (we can help here) and the reason why you are choosing it and why it is special to you. The closing date will be the end of May. We will put the chosen items on our web site so that people can vote for the best item.

Malt Project

‘Malt’ a Lottery-funded project to record the history of Halesworth’s malting industry and commemorate it in the town, is now underway. Working with New Cut Arts, a small volunteer team based on the Museum has begun the task of searching archives, collections and maps to trace the story of what was the key to Halesworth’s fortunes for two centuries. The research will feed into a new display in The Cut, a trail around the town pointing out the surviving traces of the industry, and a play and film, both to be produced locally.

There is room for more members in the research team. No experience is needed, just enthusiasm and the willingness to put some time into the task. If you’d like to find out more, contact us at the Museum.


We are very lucky to have so many volunteers working for our Museum. Some are active in the Museum, some work both at home and in the Museum and some just at home.

However we do need more help, additional stewards will be useful as back-ups for holidays of regular stewards or even to add to our regular stewards. There are many other and varied jobs in the Museum, perhaps you have a particular skill or interest that could be of interest. If you think you would like to help do give us a call.

In the Workhouse

Do come to see this exhibition showing something of the Bulcamp ‘Workhouse’ over the years. Interestingly since the exhibition has opened we have received a third Workhouse truncheon from 1835. 200 were ordered so we only need another 197 to complete the set! If you have anything relating to the workhouse in any of its guises do let us see them so that we can take copies, of if you want, donate them to the Museum. If you have any recollections of the place do let us have them to add to our records.

Museum Friends

Our ‘Friends Year’ runs from April 2016 to March 2017. We have 90 Friends on the register and so far 61 have renewed their membership. Our Friends are vital to us and help in many ways. I hope that all Friends renew their subscriptions and hopefully those of you who are not Friends at the moment will join soon. It will be great to get over 100 Friends.

If you want to join I will be happy to email you an application form.

Michael Gooch

I have just had some sad news. Michael Gooch who wrote the book ‘The People of a Suffolk Town’ together with his wife, has recently died. Our commiserations to his family.

Mike Fordham, Curator of the Museum, retires and moves to Norfolk

On 13 January 2016 Mike was presented with a picture of the Alms House in Steeple End, where the Museum was sited before 2000. Marion, his wife, was presented with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of her support.

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