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Medieval stories

Lavenham was once one of the wealthiest places in the country. Its famous blue cloth was exported across Europe and beyond.

The village today is famed for its wealth of surviving timber-framed buildings, which make it one of the best-preserved medieval villages in England. One of the finest of these buildings is our Guildhall of Corpus Christi.

Inside, you can follow the changing fortunes of Lavenham''s cloth industry, local families, as well as its farming heritage and agricultural roots.

Before exploring the streets of this unique village, which have changed little in five centuries, make sure you have a browse in our gift shop and enjoy a homemade cake in our pretty beamed tea-room.

Our village through time - our plans

We plan to improve and enliven the museum to appeal to a more diverse audience and visitor range; to help us achieve this, we have received a very generous grant from Heritage Lottery Fund of £85,000.

What's happening at Lavenham Guildhall?

Interior alterations

Wall coming down to expand museum room six 

Parts of the interior of the Guildhall are being transformed through building works. The Agriculture Room in the museum is being expanded, while the shop and museum desks are being combined to create a unified visitor experience.

The museum

Close view of part of a spinning-wheel at the Guiildhall museum 

We have recruited an interpretation company to help us design the new museum exhibitions to transform our visitor’s experience. We have many fascinating stories to tell with wonderful connections to the Guildhall and historic Lavenham. 

What next?

Lavenham Guildhall  © John Millar

Over the next few months the Guildhall will be undergoing considerable changes. The new exhibition will begin instalation therefore at times parts of the museum will be closed, but the rest of the museum will offer an exciting, dynamic program of events and exhibitions. 

How you can help

We cannot achieve the transformation of this very special place without your help. Our plans to make the Guildhall an innovative and exciting museum for everyone means changing the way we work. We want the new museum to be for the people, created by the people.

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