The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

The Museum of East Anglian Life, Stowmarket

A fascinating day out for all the family; the Museum of East Anglian Life is set on a beautiful 75 acres site close to Stowmarket, and includes 3km of woodland and riverside nature trails and a superb selection of exhibits tracing the changes in the way people have  lived and worked in  the counties of Suffolk and Norfolk.

The museum includes over 40,000 objects as well as photographs and books all of which are housed 15 splendidly restored historic buildings, each exploring a very different aspect of life and work in East Anglia.  The old Lavenham Engineering Works has been reconstructed on site and has some fascinating exhibits including 4 working steam engines. The St Audrey’s Project explores the history of Suffolk’s County Asylum using historic and contemporary experiences to examine the changing attitudes to and treatments for mental health over the centuries. 

There is an old water mill, an ancient farmhouse, a cart lodge, gypsy caravans and even a counting house which once in the centre of Bury St Edmunds. 

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