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Horrible Histories author Terry Deary teams up with Moyse's Hall, in Bury St Edmunds, to mark 120 years of museum

A 12th century Bury St Edmunds landmark, which has serviced the town in guises including workhouse and police station, is celebrating its 120th anniversary as a museum this year.

To mark the occasion, Moyse’s Hall has announced the addition of historical character trails from Terry Deary, the best-selling author of the Horrible Histories series.

The professional actor, singer and writer is best known for his 300 children’s fiction and non-fiction books which have sold more than 30 million copies.

Terry Deary (8051689)
Terry Deary (8051689)

Deary has developed six character trails of Terrible Tales re-interpretations of Suffolk history following local historical people, events and stories, including Mary Tudor and the Red Barn Murder.

He said: "The most interesting things in museums are the people and their stories. Once you know the stories behind the objects then they come to life. And, as we all love shocking stories, we usually enjoy the objects with a ‘horrible’ history. Moyse’s Hall has plenty of those, so it was a disgusting delight to work on the new presentations."

Deary’s writing and characters will be brought to life visually through the artwork of Suffolk illustrator Glen Pickering.

Daniel Clarke, Heritage Officer, said: "This gives us the opportunity to update the social history areas of Moyse’s Hall. There will be new interactive digital displays, foul medieval smells, maybe some nice ones, sensory activities and hands-on learning; perfect for families and schools.

"Activities will include Little Steps in History for the under-fives and an increase in adult academic learning. We cannot wait to get started."

Terry Deary’s character trails will open in the summer.

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