Sutton Hoo re-enacts domestic life and treasured romance

Love was in the air at Sutton Hoo this Valentines day. Visitors were given the opportunity to get a

Love was in the air at Sutton Hoo this Valentines day. Visitors were given the opportunity to get a glimpse into the domestic life of a pre-war house brought to life by a cast of living re-enactors.The 1930's are an important part of the Sutton Hoo story as the famous treasures were discovered just before the outbreak of World War Two.L-R June Parsons as Peggy Parish, Sue Moss as Mrs Quilter and Moira Pinkney as Edith Pretty. - Credit: Archant

The romantic history of Suffolk’s most famous archeological site was brought to life for Valentine’s Day.

Love was in the air at Sutton Hoo this Valentines day. Michael Argent and Liz Wigby.

Love was in the air at Sutton Hoo this Valentines day. Michael Argent and Liz Wigby. - Credit: Archant

Visitors to Sutton Hoo, near Woodbridge, were transported through time as a cast of living history re-enactors depicted domestic life in the pre-war house.

As well as interacting with characters, visitors to the National Trust site made their own Valentine’s tokens to present to loved ones.

Among the tales told was landowner Edith Dempster’s marriage to Colonel Frank Pretty.

The story goes that Frank proposed on each of her birthdays, from her 18th to when she accepted at 42.

His death, and that of son Robert, left Edith grief-stricken and she turned to spiritualism – part of her personal journey that led to the decision to uncover the burial mounds.