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History & Heritage2018-09-20T16:10:34+00:00

History and Heritage

With Norman castles, ancient churches, intriguing local museums and rich wartime heritage, delve a bit deeper into the Waveney Valley’s fascinating history, just waiting to be unearthed.

Explore the town’s Norman history & heritage at Bungay Castle. Dating from 1165, the castle was owned by the powerful Bigod family. Take a stroll to the top of Eye Castle for stunning views of the town. The medieval castle also holds the enchanting ruins of a Victorian folly.

For a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the people who have lived and worked in the Waveney Valley, why not visit one of the district museums. Situated in the historic Shambles, Diss Museumexhibits a variety of displays about the history of this fascinating market town. Equally absorbing are Harleston and District MuseumLaxfield and District Museum and housed in the historic Leman School, Beccles Museum.

Pay a visit to one of the Waveney Valley’s airfields and learn about the area’s intriguing wartime heritage. World War II saw American servicemen arrive in East Anglia in large numbers in what would become known as the ‘friendly invasion’. Learn about their stories at Seething Control Tower or 100th Bomb Group Museum. Delve a bit deeper into East Anglia’s aviation heritage at the Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum, Flixton.

The history and heritage of the Waveney Valley is fascinating to discover, witnessed in its impressive range of castles, ancient sites, churches, museums and wartime heritage.

Theatre and Events Venue Contact: Sue Bergin
Home Beccles Public Hall & Theatre Smallgate Beccles Suffolk NR34 9AD UK Home Phone: 01502 770060
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History & Heritage Contact: Jennifer McIntosh
Home Ballygate Beccles Suffolk NR34 9ND Home Phone: 01502 715722 Website: http://www.becclesmuseum.org.uk/
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History & Heritage Contact: Mike Fordham
Home The Railway Station Station Road Halesworth Suffolk IP19 8BZ Work Phone: 01986 873030 Website: http://www.halesworthmuseum.org.uk/
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Events Coordination Contact: Pete Scott
Work The Street Flixton Bungay Suffolk, NR35 1NZ Waveney Valley Suffolk Bungay NR35 1NZ United Kingdom Work Phone: 01986 896644 Website: Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum Website: Norfolk and Suffolk Aviation Museum Events
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History & Heritage Contact: Graham Blaxill
Home The Street Laxfield Suffolk IP13 8DU Home Phone: 01986 798318 Website: http://laxfieldmuseum.onesuffolk.net/
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