Signs of lift-off for heritage centre as Zeppelin zooms in

HANGING OUT: Nigel Bennett, Robin Drury, Ray Wright and David Burnett with the model Zeppelin in Sudbury Heritage Centre.
HANGING OUT: Nigel Bennett, Robin Drury, Ray Wright and David Burnett with the model Zeppelin in Sudbury Heritage Centre.

Soaring among the clouds, the Zeppelin airship caused widespread destruction across Britain during the First World War.

Nearly 100 years on, a model replica of the aircraft, which dropped a string of German bombs on Sudbury, is the centre piece of the town’s heritage centre.

The seven-foot-long model is hung above a display telling the story of the bombing in 1916, in which five people were killed. The wartime exhibit signals the first stage in plans to extend the centre in Gaol Lane.

“This is the forerunner to the plans to extend the heritage centre, which is much needed,” said Robin Drury, a member of the Sudbury Museum Heritage Trust.

“Sudbury has such a wonderful and diverse history and we really need a larger heritage centre to do the town justice.”

A room left free following the Tourist Information Centre’s move to the library has been earmarked for the extension, which would allow more historic artefacts to go on display.

Sudbury Town Council is keen on the plan, but it may require funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

David Burnett, of Sudbury Museum Trust, said “submissions” over designs had been made and the town’s ephemera group would be involved.

“The area could mount a series of changing exhibitions and we could make the centre more interactive,” he said.