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Dug up something baffling? Museum wants to know

Darren Clarke - sudbury museum trustee ANL-150929-152535001
Darren Clarke - sudbury museum trustee ANL-150929-152535001

Digging the garden can unearth more than rusty, long-lost tools and builders’ rubble ... a wealth of history may lie buried under the flowerbeds.

Broken pottery, tiles, bones, and old coins are among the objects that could be waiting to be found. Not treasure in the usual sense – but to historians they are a golden opportunity to shed light on the past.

That is why Sudbury Museum Trust is offering a free informed opinion on local finds brought to the Museum on Saturday October 10 between 10am and 4pm.

It is part of an open day to celebrate the new Anthony Wheeler room extension to the Heritage Centre in Gaol Lane.

Museum trustee Darren Clarke, an expert with a metal detector, has volunteered to look at coins and curiosities unearthed in the Sudbury area and give his opinion based on 35 years of identifying and dating objects found in fields and gardens.

For instance, a twist of metal with no obvious use could turn out to be a medieval candle holder or a piece of Tudor horse harness.

Trustees hope visitors will also donate objects related to the town’s past, and share photographs that capture a moment in its history.

The Museum is now bigger and better than ever. Displays include wartime memorabilia like a gas mask for a baby, medical supplies from now-redundant St Leonard’s Hospital and fire-fighting equipment from long before the age of brass helmets.The true history of Belle Vue House is now showing on the big screen.

In the Mayor’s Parlour Sudbury Ephemera Archive will be showing fascinating items from its growing collection of paperwork.

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