Museum project in Halesworth made possible after £23,000 grant

Halesworth and District Museum has reopened for the year.
Brian Howard with an axe head from the Wi

Halesworth and District Museum has reopened for the year. Brian Howard with an axe head from the Wisett Hoard. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

A long sought after project has been made possible for a museum thanks to a grant of more than £23,000.

Halesworth and District Museum has reopened for the year.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Halesworth and District Museum has reopened for the year. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

The volunteer led Halesworth and District Museum, based in the train station, has brought the local past to life for more than 30 years.

In December, the museum heard that it had been successful in an application for a major grant from SHARE Museums East, enabling it to take forward a much longed for project.

Pauline Wilcock, chairman of trustees at the museum said: 'For some time the museum wished to purchase a display case which would enable it to display two bronze age hoards of axeheads and bronze tools which were discovered in local sites less than five miles apart and have never been on display together.

'Over the years we have raised over £3,000 towards the display to enable the project to go forward. Now as a result of this grant under SHARE's 'Ready to Borrow' scheme this has been made possible and we are so grateful.'

Halesworth and District Museum has reopened for the year.
PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Halesworth and District Museum has reopened for the year. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher


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The Wissett Hoard was discovered in 2011 and following investigation and conservation by the British Museum, it was acquired by the Halesworth museum in 2012. It is currently held in safe and secure conditions - however it is not normally on view to the public.

The Bramfield Hoard, which was discovered in 1839, is held by The Royal Armouries in Leeds who already agreed to lend the hoard if the museum could provide appropriate display conditions.

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The museum has worked with people at Norwich Castle Museum and the Leeds Armouries to source the right display and determine the best presentation for both the hoards.

Over the last few months, internal refurbishment has been carried out to improve the museum's environment and security. The loan from Leeds Armouries should now go ahead later in the year.

Halesworth and District Museum has reopened for the year.
Brian Howard inside the museum.
PHOTO: Nic

Halesworth and District Museum has reopened for the year. Brian Howard inside the museum. PHOTO: Nick Butcher - Credit: Nick Butcher

Before this, a new display on schools in and around the Halesworth area over the years will be in place from this month.

The museum is open Tuesdays to Saturdays from 10am to 12.30pm and also on Wednesdays from 2pm to 4pm. For more visit www.halesworthmuseum.org.

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