1928 - 2018
It is with great sadness that we have learnt of the passing of Helen Revell, our Trustee, Volunteer and Friend.
She had moved to Yorkshire to be closer to her family but recently passed away.
Helen was a former teacher and an active volunteer in the town. She became the Local Town Recorder and collected and documented the history of Saxmundham for many years prior to her involvement in the founding of the Museum.
Her successor as Town Recorder recalls his first meeting with her and, as she explained some of the finer points of 'the job', she finished by saying
"It's a jolly good excuse to be nosey!"
Helen's story is included in the book 'Sax Stories' by Belinda Moore.
If you have memories or thoughts you'd like to share about Helen you can email us and we'll pass them onto her family.
We are in the heart of rural Suffolk, recording and preserving the history of Saxmundham, Kelsale-cum-Carlton and Benhall.
The Museum was opened in 2004 by special guest Peter Purves.
This year we have launched a new Reference and Local History Room.
Launched at the 1974 Car Show, the company folded in 1975 but what's the story behind Saxmundham's very own sports car manufacturer?
Come and find out, we have a new display for 2018 in the Green Room.
Jennifer (Jenny) Toombs was an internationally acclaimed artist, famous for her hand-drawn stamps and first-day covers which were issued in over 50 countries.
She lived in Benhall for many years but suddenly and peacefully passed away at home on April 2, 2018.
We have created a tribute to this muched loved and missed lady.
The Museum is now closed for the Winter.
Thank you to everyone who came to visit us during the 2018 season.
The Museum will reopen for the 2019 season in April.
The Museum's stewards play a very important role, if you feel you could spare some time and would like to know more please follow this link.
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Our AGM will take place at the URC hall, Chapel Road at 7pm on Friday 9th November.
Our speaker this year will be recalling some anecdotes about times gone by.
This year's Friends Evening will be held at Bruisyard Village Hall on Saturday November 17th, doors open 6:30pm.
Entertainment will be provided by The Wednesday Men (plus a lady singer).
A catered two course meal will be served and drinks will be available from the bar.
Tickets are available from Crisps, £15.
We're holding a Quiz Night again, on February 2nd 2019 in the Market Hall.
There will be a round of questions concerning the history of Saxmundham!
Details to follow.
If you have any reminiscences of the early days of the Museum, Belinda Moore would love to know about them for a Museum history that she is writing with Richard Wills Crisp. Details are in this pdf. Please get in touch with Belinda if you can help – email