Now that lockdown is being eased, museums are allowed to reopen as long as strict guidelines are followed. However, because our museum is small, space is limited and access is through the Woolpit Institute, we have decided that we will not resume our normal opening times until 2021. However, if anyone is especially keen to visit this year, we are willing to open by appointment only. If you would like to do this please email [email protected] for more details.
New for this year is a display about the artist Sybil Andrews who lived in Woolpit in the 1920s. Some of her work was inspired by the mid-Suffolk countryside and themes incorporated in the banner she made depicting the martyrdom of St Edmund (now hanging in St Edmundsbury Cathedral) were sketched out on the walls of her little cottage in the village. We have added information and pictures about Woolpit Room Christian Fellowship in White Elm Road and the former Primitive Methodist Chapel in Heath Road, to complement our display about St Mary’s Church. We have also extended our display of photographs of Woolpit as it looked circa 1900 to 1940. It is interesting to make comparisons with the village today and see what has and what hasn’t changed.
Our two popular permanent displays, the Brickworks and the Victorian kitchen, have been cleaned and refreshed, and we have created a new display about the Green Children as so many visitors are interested in this legend. The original war memorial board is also now on permanent display and we have added some information about the ‘extension’ made to it in 1948 to include the names of six local men who lost their lives in the Second World War. We also have information about the buildings visible from our windows as you look out over the village centre.