The Dempster Family Travels

Hear about the luxurious and far-flung travels of Edith Pretty's family, before she lived at Sutton Hoo.

  • Booking not needed
  • Free event (admission applies)

Jean Martin is part of the team cataloguing the archive at Sutton Hoo. Before becoming Mrs Pretty and moving to Sutton Hoo, Edith travelled the world by train and boat. She and her family kept diaries that record the luxury and fun of high-class travel in the early twentieth century. Edith's diaries also show her great interest in history and archaeology. In these talks, Jean Martin will reveal some of the secrets of the Dempster diaries.


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This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue.
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Adult £9.40 £8.50
Child £4.80 £4.30
Family £23.60 £21.30
Group Adult N/A £7.50
Group Child N/A £3.70

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Event opening times and availability
Day Times Availability
19 August 2017 12:00 - 12:15 Available
13:30 - 13:45 Available
9 September 2017 12:00 - 12:15 Available
13:30 - 13:45 Available

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