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
Because the room is quite small, indeed we think this is probably Suffolk’s smallest museum, some displays are changed annually, and over the years there have been at least seventy different exhibitions explaining the history of Woolpit from Anglo-Saxon times to the present day.
There are two permanent displays.
The first shows the famous Woolpit Brickworks presented as a 3D model of the site as it was in its later days, along with a collection of bricks, tiles, photos and various tools used in the trade. A booklet 'The History of Woolpit Brickworks' is available in the small shop.
The second is a reconstruction of a Victorian Kitchen with artefacts which might have been used in everyday life up to the 1920s.
As the pandemic greatly restricted opening in 2020 and 2021 we are keeping our displays about Sybil Andrews, the Woolpit Room and the Primitive Methodist Chapel for another year so that more people can see them. New for 2022 is a display marking the 70 year reign of Queen Elizabeth 2nd and how this has been celebrated in our village. Our other new display is called ‘Keeping the Peace in Woolpit’. Have you ever looked at the little village Lock Up in Green Road and wondered what it is all about? Visit the museum and find out.
Our popular permanent displays about the legend of the Green Children, the Woolpit Brickworks, the Victorian Kitchen and the War Memorial have been cleaned and refreshed and usually prompt a lot of interest.
The museum is now open every Saturday, Sunday and Bank Holiday Monday until the end of September from 2pm to 4.30pm. We are also open on Wednesday afternoons in August form 1pm to 3.30pm. This year we will also open on the afternoon of Friday 3rd June, one of the extra Bank Holidays granted to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee.
We can open at other times by appointment and welcome group visits.
For more details email museum @woolpit.org