Our Museum is now closed for Winter.

Welcome to Saxmundham Museum


It's been a crazy time for us all but thank you to everyone who were able to visit, following the 'rules', in 2020.

Benjamin Britten & Peter Pears

Britten Pears Arts has an extensive archive available to view at the Red House and also online.

They have kindly allowed us access to their collection, particularly concerning the invoices and receipts from Saxmundham businesses.

This gives us an insight into how many local businesses provided services to Britten and Pears but also most are no longer trading.

Two that are still here include H. G. Crisp and Flick & son, although both now under different ownership.

One particular story that comes out concerns Benjamin Britten's ownership of a 1957 Jensen interceptor covertable. Car dealers Smith and Wesby undertook several works on the car to fix rain water ingress and a petrol leak. By 1960 Britten had obviously grown tired of all the repair work and traded-in the Jensen for a Mercedes instead!

Who remembers the local vets as "Downie & Fishwick", later to become "Fishwick, Hill and Button"?

We have a new display which you can preview here.

Spring Newsletter

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Spring 2020

Quiz Night 2020

Thank you to everyone who came to the Quiz night. Special thanks to those who donated a prize for the raffle, including ..
The Bell, Christies Care, Fisher Home Hardware, Get Stuffed, The George Farnham Gallery, HSBC Bank, Jeffrey and Associates Opticians, Sax Velo, Snape Maltings, The Store, Tesco.


About the Museum

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.

Strada Cars

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.

Jenny Toombs

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 a tribute to this much loved and missed lady.


Following a recent assessment it was shown that due to the nature of the building our Accessiblity is not very good for some potential visitors, if you would like to know more please use this link.

Would you like to become a volunteer at the Museum?

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 contact us.

For more infomation plese follow this link

East Suffolk District Council
Saxmundham Town Council
Suffolk Museums
Saxmundham & District
The Elizabeth Frankland Moore And Star Foundation

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