A WARTIME bomb more than four foot long is the centrepiece of an exhibition featuring heritage and historical artefacts connected to Long Melford.
The Second World War device was given to the village’s Scout troop by the US Air Force and is now at the centre of an exhibition which opens tomorrow.
The village’s heritage centre has been set up in record time by local historian Rob Simpson and district councillor John Nunn, who is also the parish history recorder.
“It’s been done on a shoestring budget,” said Mr Nunn. “We were given a few hundred pounds by various groups and, through our own fundraising, have managed to pull together a vast array of different items, including lots of things uncovered during the archeological dig in Long Melford last year.”
The village’s heritage centre has been set up in a space at the rear of Long Melford Village Hall, in Chemists Lane, opposite The Bull.
It boasts important pieces of history from the village’s past in the form of photos and archeological finds, kindly donated by residents and village organisations.
A five-inch-long Stone Age flint axe head, dating from 8300 BC, is also on display. This was discovered in the village as part of a television series when more than 40 pits were dug in various locations.
It was filmed by BBC historian Michael Wood and Carenza Lewis, from Channel Four’s Time Team and will be aired on Friday, May 25, on BBC 2 at 9pm in a series called The Great British Story.
The heritage centre also featured on the regional news programme BBC Look East this week.
Other items on display include pictures of skeletons and stone coffins supplied by Suffolk Archeological Unit. These were from Roman burial sites found in the village from previous archeological digs.
Mr Nunn said the exhibition would be launched this Friday and will be open on Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays.
“We need some more volunteers to come forward to help us to keep it open and we would be pleased to hear from anyone who would like to help out,” he said.
The museum is free of charge, and visitors can get to it through the separate entrance at the back of the village hall.