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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.
What's happening at Lavenham Guildhall?
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.
We are currently in the process of recruiting 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.
Over the next few months the Guildhall will be undergoing considerable changes. The new exhibition will be installed in July, 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.