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EXHIBITS

Our History

The museum has been part of Aldeburgh life for over 100 years.

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

Aldeburgh Museum was established by the Aldeburgh Literary Society in 1912 in a single room behind the Old International Stores in Aldeburgh High Street. It housed a mammoth tusk, stuffed birds and volumes of poetry and other items relating to George Crabbe as well as archaeological material. The collection was greatly enhanced in 1915 with material acquired from the Snape Anglo–Saxon Ship burial.

During the Second World War the collection was boxed up and packed away in the attic of the council offices. Thankfully however in 1955 the council re-established the museum and it moved into a room on the ground floor of the Moot Hall. The Grade 1 listed 16th century timber-framed building, continuously used for local governance since Tudor times, provided an appropriate setting for the museum and formed a prime exhibit itself.

In 1973 a charitable trust, the Aldeburgh Museum Collections Trust, was set up. Since then, through the hard work of the volunteers, it has become an accredited and much-loved local museum.  In 2016 the trust was changed to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation or CIO and is now called the Aldeburgh Museum Charitable Trust.

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How accessible is the museum?

The museum has worked hard to ensure that everyone is welcome and is able to access the displays and enjoy themselves when they visit us.

Access for visitors with physical disabilities
The Moot Hall is a grade one listed building and the exhibits are on two floors, with the main entrance on the first floor and the exit on the ground floor. For those with limited mobility who cannot climb the stairs, there is access through the ground floor, where you can look around the museum room and its exhibits. Tablet computers will provide support for those unable to climb the stairs (coming soon). Our front of staff are ready to assist when you arrive.

We are sorry but the museum is not wheelchair accessible but it is possible that access could be possible for small wheelchairs through the ground floor. Please let us know your requirements.

Access for visitors with visual impairments include:
Tablet support (coming soon) and a handling collection and items to touch. Access dogs are welcome.

Access for deaf or hard of hearing visitors includes:
Subtitles for spoken word film material. Assistance dogs are welcome.

Access for visitors who have a learning disability, dementia or are on the autistic spectrum includes:
An experienced member of staff.  In due course we expect to have SEN backpacks and a sensory map.

If you have any additional needs please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you.

What is there for children?

Whether you have tiny tots or teenagers, there’s plenty to do with the family. There is dressing up as a mini mayor, games and challenges, trails and more.

Whether that’s seeing our exhibitions or taking part in one our workshops, we want you to feel at home here.

 

What is included in my ticket?

Your admission ticket includes entry to all our temporary exhibitions and permanent collection displays. You may also borrow a tablet computer to learn more about our exhibits (coming soon). Your ticket enables you to visit multiple times over a one year period though does not cover special events.