Suffolk Museum of the Year Awards 2017

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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:

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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.

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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

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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

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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

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

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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

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

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

Access to the wall walkway is through Tower 11.

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

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

Framlingham Castle: Tudor bridge

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Framlingham Castle © David Gill

A 16th century bridge provided access from the inner court to the garden on the other side of the ditch in the outer bailey. The bridge was constructed from stone and brick.

Access was adjacent to Tower 7.

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Framlingham Castle, Tudor bridge © David Gill

Thetford Priory: Howard Tombs

IMG_1789John Howard, the First Duke of Norfolk, was killed at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485 where he was commanding the part of Richard III’s army.

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Thetford Priory, likely tomb of John Howard © David Gill

His tomb appears to be located in a tomb constructed on the north side of the aisle of the church at Thetford Priory, and adjacent to the north transept. The body may have been moved to St Michael’s, Framlingham.

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Thetford Priory © David Gill

The tomb of Thomas Howard (1443-1524), Second Duke of Norfolk, was placed at the east end of the original church (that had been extended). He defeated the army of James IV of Scotland at Flodden in September 1513.

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Thetford Priory © David Gill

Howard died at Framlingham Castle in May 1524 and his body was buried at Thetford.

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Thetford Priory © David Gill

 

Bury St Edmunds: The Abbey Church

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Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

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Bury St Edmunds, North Transept © David Gill

The Abbey Church was 154 m long. In the North Transept was St Martin’s Chapel and the Lady Chapel.

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Bury St Edmunds, South Transept © David Gill

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Bury St Edmunds, South Transept © David Gill

In the South Transept was the Chapel of St Nicholas.

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Bury St Edmunds, Crossing © David Gill

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Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

The crossing stood below the central tower with the choir stalls immediately to the west at the head of the nave. The nave was constructed during the time of Abbot Anselm (1119-1148).

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Bury St Edmunds © David Gill

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Bury St Edmunds, Nave © David Gill

To the east of the crossing lay the high altar and beneath it the crypt.

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Bury St Edmunds Abbey, looking east towards North Transept and Crossing © David Gill

Framlingham Castle: coat of arms

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Framlingham Castle; left © David Gill; right, 1965

The cover of the MPBW Guidebook to Framlingham Castle in Suffolk bears the coat of arms of the Howards that is located over the main gateway (Tower 1) that faces the town. This entrance was rebuilt in the early 16th century, probably after 1513, by Thomas Howard, Second Duke of Norfolk.

The Tudor rose can be noted under the rear right paw of the right-hand lion.