Following recent government advice regarding actions to combat the spread of Coronavirus, we have decided to close the Museum for visitors
We will, of course, remain contactable via email on firstname.lastname@example.org and will respond to queries and communication electronically and to our phone 07552 508893. If you want to use our research materials please telephone or email to see if we can arrange an appointment.
At the Museum in 2020
The Murder of Ebenezer Tye – ending in June
Death of a Kennedy – Joseph Patrick Kennedy Jr: 1915-1944
The Lost Prince: Much has been written about the assassination of President John F (Jack) Kennedy, but the death of his older brother, Joseph Kennedy Junior, has a direct connection with East Anglia. Joseph (Joe) Junior was born in 1915 in Massachusetts USA and met his death 29 years later in the skies over Suffolk.
Stamp Collecting – June
The Museum will hosting an exhibition of stamps of interest by the Leiston and District Philatelic Society.
Georgian and Early Victorian Halesworth – July to the end of the year
What was life like in those times in this little town? Illuminated by fascinating correspondence between members of the Lincolne family, this exhibition will shed light on the preoccupations of the day, from churchgoing to the coronation of Queen Victoria.
Investigating some of the geological aspects of the locality. Glacial erratics, dinosaur fossils and the Chediston Stones.
The de Argenteins, Lords of Halesworth Manor
The life and times of the de Argentein family, including the main characters, artefacts from the period and an explanation of the Ancient House carvings.
The Wissett Hoards
An internationally significant find of palstave axeheads, spear heads and parts of a sabre. Dating back 3,500 years, these items were purchased from the British Museum and are shown less than two miles from where they were found.
We have published “The de Argentein Family; Cup-bearers to Medieval Kings” by David Wollwebber, the de Argenteins were Lords of Halesworth Manor in the medieval period. Priced at £10, copies can be purchased at the Mueum or at the Halesworth Bookshop.
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. membership application 2020-21
Closed at the moment see above.
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.