Historic Suffolk boat to be displayed at British Museum
PUBLISHED: 16:30 11 July 2019
Picture: GEMMA JARVIS
The legendary Suffolk Sae Wylfing boat is about to drop anchor in the capital as she takes her rightful place at the Festival of Archaeology exhibit at the British Museum in London.
The half-length replica of the Sutton Hoo ship, usually located at The Longshed in Woodbridge, will moor up at the west side of the front courtyard of the venue, where visitors will be invited to climb aboard.
The Sae Wylfing will begin its epic journey on Saturday morning, departing from the Longshed at 5am and travelling the 100miles to London to be proudly put on display.
The British Museum is world renowned for its invaluable Anglo-Saxon artefacts, most of which came from Sutton Hoo.
They include gold jewellery, a feasting set, Byzantine silverware and an ornate iron helmet.
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Chairman of the Woodbridge Riverside Trust, Bryan Knibbs, will be travelling with the boat and said: "We are thrilled to be taking Sae Wylfing to the British Museum to give people a tangible link to the past.
"It's fitting for it to be at the museum which is also home to the treasure uncovered at Sutton Hoo."
The Festival of Archaeology is coordinated by the Council for British Archaeology and showcases the very best of archaeological discoveries, history and demonstrations.
The launch event takes place on Saturday and will be attended by members of the television programme Time Team for a day of activities for all the family.
Mr Knibbs and his crew will also be handing out flyers to tourists explaining how they can contribute towards the next big project, building a life-size replica measuring almost 90ft in length.
Mr Knibbs added: "Taking Sae Wylfing to the museum provides us with an opportunity to fundraise for the build of a full-size replica which could be used as educational resource. It will teach us all so much more about this period of history."
The Festival of Archaeology runs from 10am to 5pm on Saturday, July 13.