Lavenham - our village through time

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The Guildhall lies at the heart of the picturesque and historic village of Lavenham, both physically and, we hope, emotionally. Throughout its long history it has played a part in local life, always evolving to suit the changing needs of the community.

Inside the Guildhall is a museum of local history, largely put together in the 1980s. It’s testament to the people who researched, wrote and put the displays together that they have survived the test of time.

But time moves on. Last year we attracted more than 36,000 visitors and people are telling us that we need to change, so we applied for a Heritage Lottery Grant, and have been lucky enough to have been awarded £85,000.

Our plan is to improve, update and enliven the museum, to make it appeal to a more diverse audience and visitors of all ages. The project will cost round £160,000 so we still have a lot to do before we open for the new season next March.

We hope you will come along to see us.

Would you like to become part of the project? See our 'get involved' section on Our work page or contact us for more information.