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Sutton Hoo to welcome royal visitor as plans for development continue

PUBLISHED: 10:37 07 July 2018 | UPDATED: 10:37 07 July 2018

Sunset over the famous burial mounds, shrouded by mist, at Sutton Hoo. Suffolk Picture: NATIONAL TRUST IMAGES/JUSTIN MINNS

Sunset over the famous burial mounds, shrouded by mist, at Sutton Hoo. Suffolk Picture: NATIONAL TRUST IMAGES/JUSTIN MINNS

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His Royal Highness the Duke of Gloucester will be visiting the famous historical site next Friday ahead of major work taking place at the site later this year.

His Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester will be visiting Sutton Hoo this week Picture: ROYAL COMMUNICATIONSHis Royal Highness The Duke of Gloucester will be visiting Sutton Hoo this week Picture: ROYAL COMMUNICATIONS

It will be the first time the Duke has visited Sutton Hoo, where he will meet staff and volunteers as he is given a tour of the site.

During his tour the Duke will also visit the Royal Burial Ground where many of Sutton Hoo’s treasures including the iconic Sutton Hoo helmet were discovered back in 1939 by amateur archaeologist Basil Brown.

The mound will also be at the heart of the changes taking place at the site in the coming months.

Back in October the National Trust announced that the site had won a £1.8million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund towards the transformation project at the site called Releasing the Sutton Hoo Story.

The huge development plans will include the transformation of walking routes around the site as well as new displays, exhibitions and a 17 metre view tower.

From the tower visitors will be a be to look out over the Royal Burial Ground and over to the River Deben where the ship carrying the Anglo-Saxon King Rædwald is believed to have arrived.

In total £4 million will be spent on the re-interpretation project.

It is thought that Sutton Hoo will have to close for a number of months while work is carried out.

Though no fixed dates for this work have been announced for this work it is thought that work will start towards the end of this year.

Despite not having visited the renowned site before the Duke is no stranger to the world of heritage having links to several architectural preservation societies including the International Council on Monuments and Sites.

Allison Girling, Property Operations Manager for Sutton Hoo, said: “We’re at an exciting time in Sutton Hoo’s history as we get underway with a major transformation project, so to be able to share this with The Duke is a real honour for us.

“We’re absolutely delighted he has chosen to visit us here and are very much looking forward to showing him around.”

The Duke will be accompanied during his visit to Sutton Hoo by one of Suffolk’s Deputy Lieutenants Jamie Lowther-Pinkerton.

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