Suffolk Strategic Heritage Forum at Sutton Hoo

The regular Suffolk Heritage Forum met at Sutton Hoo. The reports reflected a set of active heritage communities working in Suffolk. There are several key projects:

a. Woodbridge Waterfront. This plans to use the quayside in Woodbridge near to the Tide Mill as a space to display Anglo-Saxon maritime heritage.

b. The Heritage Centre. Details are available via the BBC.

c. The Ipswich Museum. Details are available from Rick Mather, Architect.

d. West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village. Planning for the 50th anniversary celebrations.

e. The Saxon Shore. Project to link Anglo-Saxon related heritage sites in Suffolk, East Anglia, and the eastern counties.

Author: David Gill

David Gill is Honorary Professor in the Centre for Heritage at the University of Kent, and Honorary Research Fellow in the School of History and an Academic Associate in SISJAC at UEA; Professor of Archaeological Heritage.

One thought on “Suffolk Strategic Heritage Forum at Sutton Hoo”

  1. David, it is good to see maritime heritage in Woodbridge getting some attention – however are we destroying our 19th and 20th century maritime heritage in order to build a replica Anglo-Saxon ship (and put up more housing on an inappropriate site)? Is that is good heritage practice? Whisstocks, like so much of the Ipswich waterfront, has been destroyed first by being left unused and derelict for so many years, council indifference and developers’ greed. Should our more recent heritage be so vulnerable? After involvement in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut’s bold and visionary Charles W Morgan’s 38th Voyage last year, I deplore UK’s neglect and destruction of maritime heritage other than naval. Other than Portsmouth, Greenwich and Chatham, small maritime museums, organizations and sites all over Britain struggle to survive.

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