Sutton Hoo appeal

Will you help show this enigmatic ancient burial site in a whole new light, bringing visitors closer than ever to this unique historical treasure trove?

Sutton Hoo burial mound at sunrise
Visual of proposed viewing tower at Sutton Hoo

Help reveal the secrets of Sutton Hoo

Extraordinary treasures were found buried at Sutton Hoo. With your support the full story of their discovery will be revealed, through a transformation of the site. Amongst the plans, a viewing tower by the royal burial ground, which will show exactly why our ancestors chose this ancient site as their final resting place.

The story of a great archaeological discovery

The precious objects discovered under the sandy mounds rewrote our understanding of the ‘dark ages’. An iconic, ornate Anglo-Saxon helmet, intricate shoulder clasps, decorated shield and pattern welded sword are just a few of the objects that were discovered at Sutton Hoo. Your support will enable visitors to discover for themselves the excitement and wonder archaeologists felt as they dug here. With your help we'll also be constructing an interpretation of the Anglo-Saxon ship, who’s shadow was left behind in the acidic soil, new immersive exhibitions and an evocative new walk up to the royal burial ground. 

How the appeal adds up

  • The story of Sutton Hoo begins 1300 years ago
  • It wasn't until 1939 that treasures were unearthed here
  • We welcome over 100,000 visitors and 75 schools each year

Donate to Sutton Hoo appeal

Please select an amount

Hand-crafted replica of the Sutton Hoo helmet
£15 could help us develop a discovery trail for families
£45 could buy equipment so kids can be archaeological detectives
Kids digging in a mock archaeological excavation
Child explores Anglo Saxon life at Sutton Hoo
£250 could buy replica treasures so children can experience the discoveries made here first hand.
Or enter your own amount

Turning the pages of time

" We want to enrich and enhance the experience people have when visiting Sutton Hoo. This special place is about so much more than the treasure, it tells the hugely significant story of how the first English people lived their lives. "
- Allison Girling, Property Operations Manager
Looking out at Seaton Delaval garden in Northumberland

Bring Stories to Life appeal 

Three very special places need your support in 2018. Will you help with donations to transform and revitalise Sutton Hoo, Seaton Delaval Hall and Stowe Gardens? You can choose to give to all three together.

Why give to the National Trust

As a charity, we rely on the generosity of supporters to look after the historic buildings in our care. Not only do our supporters help to conserve beautiful homes and stunning gardens. They also ensure that future generations have places where they can be inspired by stories of the past, enjoy peace and time to reflect, and make memories to treasure. Your donation will go towards this project and other vital conservation work on our buildings at this special place. With your support, we can continue to protect the irreplaceable. For ever, for everyone.

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