The HLF has announced that it will be funding a major new development at the Anglo-Saxon burial site at Sutton Hoo, ‘Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story’ [NT Press Release; BBC News]. The first part of the grant will help to develop the visitor experience:
Plans include building a raised platform to provide views over the entire burial ground and to the River Deben beyond, which itself played such a significant part in the Sutton Hoo story. It was from the river that the Anglo-Saxon ship was hauled up the valley before it was used in the burial chamber found in Mound One, where the famous treasure was discovered, and it is hoped that visitors will also follow in the footsteps of the final stages of this dramatic journey. New innovative interpretation will help bring both the landscape and the museum to life.
Sutton Hoo attracted over 100,000 visitors in 2014 and this grant news is a very welcome development.
We would like to offer our congratulations to the National Trust and the team at Sutton Hoo.
The ship burials at Sutton Hoo remain one of the most important archaeological discoveries to be made in Britain. Thanks to this new grant, visitors to the site will be able to understand the significance of the location. Sutton Hoo will become a hub for visitors to Suffolk to explore what was known in the Late Roman period as the ‘Saxon Shore’.
The major finds from Sutton Hoo are displayed in the British Museum.