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Museum of East Anglian Life
Immerse yourself in the agricultural history of East Anglia at one of the country’s leading open air museums, with over 40,000 objects in its collection.

The Museum of East Anglian Life is where town and country meet, set within 75 acres of beautiful Suffolk landscape located just a few minutes from Stowmarket Town Centre. You’ll be surprised at the variety of landscapes to be found within only 15 minutes walk of the museum entrance, as you discover the peace and quiet of the open countryside. Stroll along the nature trail and find out how man has worked the landscape to support farming and industry.

The museum celebrates agricultural history in its displays and collections but also protects the sensitive and ecologically-diverse land it has inherited. Huge changes in the 1950’s and ‘60s meant England was in danger of losing long established skills, equipment and buildings if something was not done to rescue them. Individual collectors, local farmer Jack Carter and the Suffolk Local History Council worked to collect, preserve and display objects from rural East Anglia. After several years of temporary exhibitions the Misses Vera and Ena Longe placed 70 acres of farm land, Abbot’s Hall, its gardens, as well as 18/20 Crowe Street, in trust to be used as a Museum.

The Museum of East Anglian Life opened in 1967 and is a modern memorial to this foresight and vision.
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