When visiting, you MUST use the hand sanitiser provided and fill out our visitor information form. This is MANDATORY. We have a Covid specific GDPR policy in place for the short term collection of visitors data.
Visitors to the Museum must wear a face covering.
Please help us to keep you and our volunteers safe.
Please keep a social distance from our volunteers.
Various aspects of the Museum will be cleaned following each group visit. Some parts of the Museum will be closed for the time being.
If you feel any symptons of Covid-19 please stay away. We can only open the Museum if we all stay sensible and follow the guidance.
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 the Jensen in for a Mercedes instead!
Who remembers the local vets as "Downie & Fishwick", later to become "Fishwick, Hill and Button"?
We will have a new display, once the Museum is open, but here is a link to see what it will be like.
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.
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.
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.
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.