Trying trucks, tractors and traction engines on Stowmarket Day

Volunteer Jonathan Pattle with the museum's 1912 Burrell tractio n engine Empress of Britain ANL-150323-094544009
Volunteer Jonathan Pattle with the museum's 1912 Burrell tractio n engine Empress of Britain ANL-150323-094544009
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The Museum of East Anglian Life celebrated the start of its 48th season on Sunday with its annual ‘Stowmarket Day’.

It was a ‘come and try’ day with the chance to get personal with rides on the museum’s own Thetford-built 1912 Charles Burrell traction engine Empress Of Britain or take a ride in a 1952 Bedford truck owned by Alan Page, who is a volunteer on the museum’s steam team.

Alan Page was giving rides in his 1952 Bedford tipper truc ANL-150323-094729009

Alan Page was giving rides in his 1952 Bedford tipper truc ANL-150323-094729009

There were also classic tractors and the chance to see museum features old and new.

The museum’s Abbot’s Hall had a temporary exhibition, called Calm Before the Storm, of embroidery created by men and women during World War One and conflicts up to Afghanistan. There are also pieces commemorating the centenary of the start of World War One.

If you needed a rest, there were cream teas in the hall’s conservatory overlooking the Walled Garden.

Visitors also had the chance to get 10 per cent off single or family membership which gives access to the museum and its special events during the year.

Duncan Reed ploughing with a 1940s  David Brown Cropmaster'' ANL-150323-094653009

Duncan Reed ploughing with a 1940s David Brown Cropmaster'' ANL-150323-094653009

They include the annual Blues Festival, steam and crafts weekends and the popular Beer Festival, as well as the weekly Toddler Time and regular school holiday activities, including Mud, Bugs and Baking in the summer holidays.

For details of the museum’s 2015 season visit www.eastanglianlife.org.uk/whats-on

Chris 'Pinky' Pink demonstrates a hand printing press ANL-150323-094803009

Chris 'Pinky' Pink demonstrates a hand printing press ANL-150323-094803009