September at Sutton Hoo

Sun sets behind Tranmer House at Sutton Hoo

At the end of September, Sutton Hoo closes to begin major transformation works across the site as part of our Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project, ‘Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story’. Before we go, however, there’s still tons to see and do.

A lot is changing at Sutton Hoo over the next few months. Why not join us for one last cup of tea and scone before we close?

Gruesome Graves

Saturday 1 – Tuesday 4 September; 13:00 – 14:00

Embark on a voyage of discovery across the Royal Burial Grounds and into history.

Listen to our Anglo-Saxon guide as they reveal all the gruesome and grizzly details that are just too scary for our normal burial mound tours! Kids, you may have to hold your parent’s hands as you go, as it may be too scary for them!

This is a free tour, just book at reception on arrival.

Archaeology Live – Field Walking

Friday 7 September; 14:00 – 17:00

Our last Archaeology Live session, experience archaeology hands on with field walking at Sutton Hoo.

See what you can see beneath your feet with our experts standing by ready to help identify anything you think you may have found. Any particularly interesting finds may even end up on display in our new exhibit in Tranmer House next year.

Out of the Case

Sunday 16 September; 13:30 – 16:45

Get a close up look at our fantastic collection of Sutton Hoo replica treasures at an informal talk and handling session in our Exhibition Hall. Made by master craftsmen using authentic techniques, our replicas show us what the treasures would have looked like 1400 years ago.

Join experts as they discuss each item in detail before getting a chance to handle some of these wonderful items yourselves.

Close up of carved Anglo-Saxon faces on the Sutton Hoo replica sceptre

Out of the Case

Explore the treasures of Sutton Hoo up close with one of our Out of the Case handling sessions.

Conservation in Action - Photograph Stabilisation

Friday 21 September; 13:00 - 16:00
Saturday 22 September; 11:00 - 13:00 & 13:30 - 16:30

The Lack & Wagstaff photographic archive is an incredibly important record of the Sutton Hoo excavations. Mercie Lack and Barbra Wagstaff’s 1939 photographs are a crucial insight into the excavation of the ship that we would have otherwise completely missed.

Join our specialist photography conservators, Sarah and Emma, in Tranmer House to see how we are preserving this precious archive for the future.

5K Fun Run

Sunday 23 September; 08:30 – 13:30

Join us for our first ever Fun Run here at Sutton Hoo, raising money for the exciting changes soon to be happening with our ‘Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story’ project.

Looping around the entire estate, take in views across the river Deben, through the woods and up to the Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Ground. Maybe you want to get fit, maybe you want to beat your personal best – this run is for everyone, all ages and all abilities.

You can find all the details here:

Fun Run

Fun Run at Sutton Hoo

Take part in our fun-draiser on 13 October with the Sutton Hoo Fun Run!

Tales by Torchlight: Beowulf

Friday 28 September; 18:30 - 20:00 & 19:00 - 20:30
Saturday 29 September; 18:30 - 20:00 & 19:00 - 20:30

Wrap up warm and explore Sutton Hoo by torchlight to discover our Anglo-Saxon storytellers with the most famous of tales of heroes, monsters and dragons - Beowulf!


Join us for our last Historia talks of the year – with Richard Hoggett’s talk even taking place on our very last day of opening – as we discuss the topic of women within the Anglo-Saxon period, challenging current stereotypes, and bringing fresh perspectives to the literature and emerging archaeological material.

‘Women and cloth in Early Anglo-Saxon England: a feminist perspective’, Sue Harrington

Sunday 16 September; 14:00 - 16:00

Dr Sue Harrington of University College London is a widely published historian on early medieval gender identity with research in textiles and power. Women are often associated with cloth production and she will talk about this in relation to emerging burial archaeological evidence and discuss these new perspectives.

‘Angels of Death: The role of women in Anglo-Saxon burial practices’, Richard Hoggett

Sunday 30 September; 14:00 - 16:00

Dr Richard Hoggett is a historian working on – amongst others – the conversion to Christianity within East Anglia, with several books and articles published on the topic. He will explore what can be learned about Anglo-Saxon women through the burial practices of the time, including expression of identity through funerary assemblage and the important role women may have played in the burials of others.