Developments at the Abbey of St Edmund


Bury St Edmunds Abbey © David Gill

Historic England has indicated that the tennis courts located immediately to the east of the crypt of the abbey of St Edmund can be moved and relocated on the other side of the river (“Historic England approves relocation of Abbey’s tennis courts“, BBC News 8 March 2018). The abbey and its precinct is subject to two consultancy studies (see here).

East Suffolk Tourism Strategy 2017–22


Landguard Fort © David Gill

There are several tourism strategies available for Suffolk. The one for East Suffolk (2017–22)  notes the importance of heritage for attracting tourists to the area. One of the aims is to develop the cultural and heritage offer of East Suffolk? Museums are seen as separate from heritage.

East Suffolk attracts (2015) 10.2 million day trips, 2.7 million staying nights. The total value of tourism to the region (2015) was £590 million.

Heritage Futures Seminar: The Abbey of St Edmund


The Abbey of St Edmund Heritage Partnership is seeking to record and interpret the remains of the Benedictine abbey in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk. Richard Summers will be talking about the work of the partnership on Wednesday 21 February 2018 at 4.30 pm in the Waterfront Building of the University of Suffolk. The event forms part of the Heritage Futures research seminar series.

Places can be reserved via Eventbrite. All are welcome and there is no charge.

Further details about the project can be found here.

For the abbey:

Bury St Edmunds: Charnel House

IMG_0742The charnel house at Bury St Edmunds lay within the precinct of the abbey, just to the south of the west end. It lies in what is now the Great Cemetery. This structure was built by Abbot John Northwold (d. 1301) [see ODNB]. This was constructed to take the bones of the dead recovered from the construction of new graves.

Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards 2017


Suffolk Museum of the Year 2017: National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art © David Gill

The Suffolk Museum of the Years Awards 2017 took place at the University of Suffolk last night. The awards, hosted by BBC Radio Suffolk’s Lesley Dolphin, were as follows:


Suffolk Museum Object of the Year 2017, awarded by Lesley Dolphin © David Gill

Congratulations to the winners, short-listed museums and to all museums across Suffolk.


Suffolk Museum of the Year 2017 © David Gill

Tom Potter, “Newmarket’s National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art named Suffolk Museum of the Year“, EADT 9 October 2017.

Releasing the Story of Sutton Hoo


Sutton Hoo © David Gill

The National Trust has been awarded £1.8 million by the Heritage Lottery Fund to enhance the visitor experience at Sutton Hoo. One of the projects will be to create a 17 m high viewing tower to give some visitors views of the burial ground. Tranmer House, overlooking the cemetery, will be the home for a new interpretative exhibition.

Framlingham Castle: the towers


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill

The gateway to Framlingham Castle enters through the base of Tower 1.


Framlingham Castle, Towers 1-6 (from right to left) © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill

On the eastern side are Towers 4, 5, and 6.


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle, Towers 7-11 (from right to left) © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill

The present descent from the wall walkway is through Tower 10.


Framlingham Castle, Towers 9-13 (from right to left) © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill

Access to the wall walkway is through Tower 11.


Framlingham Castle, Towers 1, 13 and 12 (from left to right) © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill


Framlingham Castle © David Gill