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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?


Wall came down to expand museum room 

Parts of the interior of the Guildhall have been transformed through building works. All the rooms have seen considerable and exciting changes. This is all thanks to our wonderful volunteers and funders; The Heritage Lottery Fund, Biffa Award and Suffolk County Council.

The museum

The new museum ready to be installed © Jane Gosling

We have created an exciting new museum with interactive 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 of Corpus Christi timber framed building © Jane Gosling

The Guildhall has undergone considerable changes, the new exhibition is now installed and we will be open full-time from March.

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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