A suggestion has been made that the Mildenhall Treasure be renamed as the West Row Treasure after the parish in which it was found (“Mildenhall Treasure: British Museum steps in to row over Roman hoard”, BBC News 22 February 2020).
The Awards Ceremony for Suffolk Museum of the Year 2019 was held at the University of Suffolk on Wednesday 30 October 2019. I was honoured to be one of the judges and we were all impressed by the variety and quality of museums across the county.
- Suffolk Museum of the Year 2019: large category. The Red House, Aldeburgh
- Suffolk Museum of the Year 2019: small category. Bawdsey Radar
- Highly Commended: Felixstowe Museum
- Innovation Award. Ipswich Museum
- Family Friendly Award. Lowestoft Maritime Museum
- Volunteers of the Year: Natural Science Volunteer Team at Ipswich Museum
- Highly Commended: Elaine Nason from Laxfield Museum and Paul Durbidge from Lowestoft Museum
- Schools Session Award. Palace House
Object of the Year was … The Tin of Chocolate Worm Cakes from the Museum of East Anglian Life.
Many congratulations to the winners and all those taking part.
- Story in the EADT (31 October 2019)
Work has started on the Ickworth Uncovered project. This will involve repairing and retiling the roof of the Rotunda.
The crane lifting the covering structure into place is over 80 m tall.
The project is expected to cost around £5 million.
The new viewing platform adjacent to the site of the ship-burial at Sutton Hoo is developing. At the moment it looks rather stark against the tree line but the plan is to blend it into the background.
The 2014 temporary tower gave a totally new perspective on the site. I very much hope that the new tower will help visitors to understand a little bit more about the site.
Visitors to the cemetery at Sutton Hoo sometimes find it hard to visualise a ship under the mound. The NLHF supported project has allowed a ship sculpture to be inserted in the courtyard next to the cafe and shop. The central part maps out the finds on the ‘burial chamber’.
This contrasts with the reconstructed display in the original exhibition at the site.
Work on The Hold, the new heritage centre for Suffolk, is making progress. This week the membrane went down for the archive.