Sutton Hoo goes on tour!

Members of the public with an expert and the Sutton Hoo helmet

Sutton Hoo closed at the end of 2018 for major transformation work to take place. We embarked on a county-wide roadshow until the site re-opened in April 2019 with our beautiful replicas to take Sutton Hoo to the people!

Sutton Hoo closed in late 2018 for major transformation work to take place. As people could no longer see Sutton Hoo, we decided to take Sutton Hoo to the people! We visited schools, libraries, supermarkets and other venues across Suffolk throughout our closure period.

Our expert volunteers were on hand to chat about the site – both its fascinating history and exciting future.

The stunning replica helmet, buckle and shoulder clasp all joined us on our travels, giving a chance to get up close to these finely crafted objects.

Sutton Hoo closed at the start of October 2018 to start work on our £4million Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) project, ‘Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story’.

Plans include building a 17 metre high observation tower to give views over the entire burial ground and to the River Deben beyond.

A new route around the site allows visitors to walk in the steps of the Anglo-Saxons, tracing part of the route the ship may have taken up towards the Royal Burial Ground.

Tranmer House, the former home of Edith Pretty who instigated the dig that would lead to the discoveries, has been transformed and enhanced guided tours, thought-provoking activities and installations, innovative interpretation and creative programming all sit alongside a school education programme.

So as Sutton Hoo closed, the Roadshow began, travelling across Suffolk and north Essex from October 2018 through to April 2019 when the first stages of the new Sutton Hoo experience were opened.

The Sutton Hoo replica helmet displayed outside an East of England Co-op

Goodbye to the road, but not to the Sutton Hoo Roadshow! 

Have you visited us on our tour of Suffolk? Find out what we’ve been up to the past six months and what’s next for the Sutton Hoo Roadshow.