Project aims to unearth modern tales of ancient burial site

The mounds at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge

The mounds at Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge - Credit: Archant

Archivists at one of Suffolk’s most important historical sites are hoping to piece together its untold recent history.

An Anglo Saxon burial ship was unearthed at Sutton Hoo in 1939. This photograph was taken in July 1

An Anglo Saxon burial ship was unearthed at Sutton Hoo in 1939. This photograph was taken in July 1967 during a period when the site was re-excavated and a cast made of the impression left by the ship. - Credit: Archant

The National Trust, which has managed the Anglo-Saxon royal burial ground at Sutton Hoo since 2002, wants to hear from people who lived and worked on the famous site.

Since 1939, when landowner Edith Pretty asked archaeologist Basil Brown to investigate the mysterious mounds on the property, a number of subsequent excavations have turned up graves, artefacts and treasures, with archeologists returning to the site near Woodbridge in the 60s and 80s.

Now the National Trust has launched Hoo Remembers – a project to compile the memories of those living or working on the site prior to 2000.

Lynette Titford, property administrator, said: “We want to hear the human side of the story. The house has been owned by quite a lot of different people, and was home to the Land Army girls during the war.


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“We’d like to hear from anyone who has memories of their grandfathers or grandmothers being here.”

Send your memories to Lynette Titford, Tranmer House, Sutton Hoo, IP12 3DJ.

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