Learning at Sutton Hoo

Children trying out an Anglo-Saxon shield for size in the High Hall exhibition

Make Anglo-Saxon history come alive and book a class visit to Sutton Hoo. Your students will gain an exclusive insight into life and death in Anglo-Saxon England.

Discover Sutton Hoo and learn about history

We welcome teachers who want to use the National Trust Sutton Hoo site as a learning space for their studies. Whether you want to bring students to learn about history or geography, or you just fancy delivering a learning session with a difference, all learning experiences are positively encouraged. 

If requested our experienced and friendly volunteers can assist you and take you back in time with a tour across the Royal Burial Ground. Our self-led trails allow pupils to work in small groups to use their observational skills and discover Anglo-Saxon designs and features such as runic patterns and writing.  The children can explore natural features or become archaeologists for the day and dig for buried finds in our sand tray archaeology sessions.  Your class can explore the High Hall exhibition and make use of our outdoor learning base, ‘Hoo Wudu’. 

Special educational need visits

The High Hall exhibition and several of the trails and footpaths are wheelchair accessible. The Children and Young Peoples Team will be delighted to organise specific activities such as costume or handling sessions to suit the needs of your pupils.

School Visits

We cater for all age groups from Early Years and Key Stage 1 right through to Key Stage 4.
Group visits must be booked in advance. Organised activities are mainly self-led with support from the experienced helping hands of National Trust Children and Young People volunteers. By downloading our school visit information pack, you will find all the details needed to make a booking enquiry.  The visit pack contains a site map, details of some of the available activities and trails, the cost and the booking process. Download the pack by clicking here.

We also welcome Home Education Groups, International Education Groups, Universities, FE Colleges and Adult Learning Groups. If you wish to book a trip please contact the Children and Young Peoples Programming and Partnership Officer using the details below.

Getting up close to the Bromeswell Bucket in the High Hall Exhibition
Children looking at the Bromeswell Bucket in the High Hall Exhibition
Getting up close to the Bromeswell Bucket in the High Hall Exhibition

Remote Learning Programme - Video Conference Calls

We are excited to offer video conference calls for schools that may be too far away to visit.

We'll send you a short video to watch in the classroom that introduces Sutton Hoo and the Anglo-Saxons. We will then arrange a time to video call the classroom and our education volunteers will be able to show the children some of our replica treasures, as well as answer any questions they may have.

Currently this is a free programme that is part of our project supported by the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Collection Loans Box

We have three Collection Loan Boxes available to hire that are full of Anglo-Saxon replicas: including the helmet and belt buckle. The box also includes resources for teachers and can be borrowed for up to three weeks at a time. The box can be collected from Sutton Hoo, delivered to local schools, or sent via courier to more remote schools. The cost of hiring a loan box is £60.

Learning Volunteer at Sutton Hoo
Learning Volunteer at Sutton Hoo
Learning Volunteer at Sutton Hoo

More information…

For more information or to make a booking, please get in touch with us:
Telephone: 01394 389726
Email: suttonhooCYP@nationaltrust.org.uk