Digging Deeper into History
The Exhibition Hall is the perfect place to learn more about the Sutton Hoo burials and the wider Anglo-Saxon world. A short film introduces you to the era, and information boards explore the story and themes that emerge from the archaeological discoveries.
A reconstruction of the burial chamber evokes a sense of the ritual that must have taken place, and shows how the treasures were laid out around the king.
You can also discover some original artefacts from the excavation of Mound Seventeen - a young warrior and his horse. These include weaponry, gold harness pieces and a bone comb.
For families there are quizzes, rune-writing, and the opportunity to dress up as an Anglo-Saxon.
Weaving Words - the Craft of Anglo-Saxon Poetry
What have the Anglo-Saxons ever done for us?
Well, for one thing they gave us many of the words we use today. Weaving Words is a temporary exhibition in which we explore the language and literature of the early English people. Recordings of extracts from poems, including the legendary Beowulf, let you hear the sounds of this beautiful language.
Out of the Case
We have a collection of exquisite hand-crafted replica treasures on display in the Exhibition Hall, made by master craftspeople. These treasures serve to show us what they would have looked like all those years ago when they were laid down in the ship burial.
Making them was also an act of experimental archaeology. By using techniques that would have existed at the time, it has helped us to understand the skills of the Anglo-Saxon craftsman.
Keep an eye on our events page for opportunities to get up close and personal with our hand-crafted replica treasures. Out of the Case sessions take place once a month.
In the year 2000, archaeologists were excavating a corner of the Sutton Hoo estate in preparation for the construction of the exhibition hall and visitor services buildings.
The team discovered a whole new cemetry, of graves that pre-date the famous mounds.You can explore the burial area in detail with the 'Hidden Hoo' Trail - ask at visitor reception for details.
Want to know more?
Short 15 minute talks on a range of fascinating topics are held in the Exhibition Hall by our expert volunteers. Timings and topics vary. Information displayed outside the Exhibition Hall.
- 1,507 - The number of miles the Byzantine bowl travelled
- 625 - The year in which it is believed King Raedwald died
- 37 - The number of gold coins found within the ship burial
- 30.5 - The height in metres from the river Deben to the ship burial
- 18 - The total number of mounds originally present at Sutton Hoo
- 3 - Number of Anglo-Saxon ship burials discovered in the UK to date