Discover half-a-million years under one roof

The museum is reopening most of the completed areas with artefacts on display.'Stephanie palmer
The museum is reopening most of the completed areas with artefacts on display.'Stephanie palmer
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History has a new look at Mildenhall Museum, which has reopened to showcase how the first of its exhibits look in the renovated space.

The exhibits on display span half-a-million years from iron age flints to items of wartime life.

The museum is reopening most of the completed areas with artefacts on display.'Gerry Yeend, Margery Frape

The museum is reopening most of the completed areas with artefacts on display.'Gerry Yeend, Margery Frape

Stephanie Palmer, chair of trustees, said: “We are absolutely thrilled with it. It gives us flexibility.”

The £1.25 million extension and refurbishment is the result of an eight year project.

The improvements will allow the Anglo Saxon horse and warrior, found at RAF Lakenheath, to return to the area.

Mrs Palmer said the renovations have given the museum more freedom in how exhibits are displayed, which in turn gives a clearer chronology of life in Mildenhall.

On entering the new-look space visitors begin a journey through time witnessing the progression of Mildenhall’s residents from flint weapons to roman metalwork, including a full replica of the beautiful Mildenhall Treasure.

From here agricultural equipment, Victorian transport, household goods, and military items lead towards the present day.

The museum also offers greater interactivity with a new classroom space, opportunities to dress up and a large touch-screen display due to arrive soon.

More exhibits will be added in advance of the formal opening which will be held after the installation of the Anglo Saxon warrior.