The Woolpit and District Museum is on the upper floor of this early 16th century cottage. The entrance is via the Woolpit Institute.
In the mid 1980s Woolpit History Group started field-walking throughout the parish. After several years three Roman sites and eight Medieval sites had been found and confirmed. In 1983 the Parish Council asked if it would be feasible to display the group’s findings and a store-room on the upper floor of the Woolpit Institute was made available. Thus the Woolpit and District Museum was begun.
The roof trusses inside the museum
New for 2023 is a display of photographs from the museum archives, most dating from before the Second World War. It is fascinating to see what has and what hasn’t changed over the decades.
Also new is a display of some of the finds from local field walking in the 1980s, and another celebrating 100 years of the Women’s Institute in Woolpit. Our displays about Sybil Andrews and the little village Lock Up in Green Road prompted a lot of interest in 2022 so we are keeping them up for another year.
Our popular permanent displays about the legend of the Green Children, the Woolpit Brickworks, the Victorian Kitchen, the War Memorial and the buildings in the village centre, have been cleaned and refreshed. The museum is probably the smallest in Suffolk, but there is a lot to see!
The museum opens again on Saturday 1st April and will then be open every Saturday, Sunday, and Bank Holiday Monday 2pm to 4.30pm until the end of September. We also open on Wednesdays in August 1pm to 3.30pm. Admission is free.
We can open at other times by appointment and welcome group visits.
For more details email museum @woolpit.org
Model of Brickworks