His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester visits Sutton Hoo
Staff and volunteers welcomed His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester as he made an official visit to Sutton Hoo.
The visit, on Friday July 13, marked the first time The Duke has visited Sutton Hoo, considered to be one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of all time, meeting staff and volunteers as well as touring the site.
Sutton Hoo is believed to be the final resting place of the Anglo-Saxon King Rædwald, whose burial ship complete with substantial treasures, including the iconic Sutton Hoo helmet, was discovered by amateur archaeologist Basil Brown in 1939.
The Duke has links to several architectural preservation societies including the International Council on Monuments and Sites, UK National Committee.
The Duke’s visit came as the Sutton Hoo team prepares to start on a £4 million project that will see the experience of visitors completely transformed with new walking routes, new displays and exhibitions and the installation of a 17 metre view tower.
The addition of the tower will enable visitors to look out over the Royal Burial Ground and beyond to the River Deben, where the ship carrying the Anglo-Saxon King Rædwald is believed to have arrived.
During the visit, The Duke toured the Royal Burial Ground, which is designated as a Scheduled Monument due to its significance as a historical site.
He met with NT regional archaeologist, Angus Wainwright where they discussed the exciting changes soon to be occuring at Sutton Hoo. The Duke was also shown our recent archaeological dig within the Scheduled Monument, where the footprint for our new viewing tower has been excavated.
Tranmer House and the Exhibition Hall were visited, where The Duke met children from nearby Melton Primary School, whose pupils designed our current exhibit, 'The Legacy of a Queen'.
The Duke was accompanied on the visit by Suffolk Deputy Lieutenant Mr Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.