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Sutton Hoo hits the road as work starts on multi million pound revamp

View of Tranmer House and the mound at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk Picture: NATIONAL TRUST/ROBIN PATTINSON

View of Tranmer House and the mound at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk Picture: NATIONAL TRUST/ROBIN PATTINSON

©National Trust Images/Robin Pattinson

The team at the world famous National Trust Sutton Hoo site are going on tour while work gets underway on its £4million revamp.

How the new viewing tower might look alongside the Anglo-Saxon ship burial site at Sutton Hoo. Picture: NISSEN RICHARDSHow the new viewing tower might look alongside the Anglo-Saxon ship burial site at Sutton Hoo. Picture: NISSEN RICHARDS

From October the site will be closing to visitors until spring 2019 for work to start on the multi-million pound project.

To make sure people don’t miss out on the fascinating history of the Anglo-Saxons, who buried their king in Suffolk, staff from Sutton Hoo will be embarking on a roadshow around the county.

A stunning replica of the iconic Sutton Hoo helmet, buckle and shoulder clasp will also be joining them on the road.

Allison Girling, Sutton Hoo property operations manager, said: “Closing the site for the work to take place is an essential, so we decided that if visitors can’t go to Sutton Hoo, then Sutton Hoo will go to them.

“We’re going to be travelling all around Suffolk from October right through to early next year, so we’re really looking forward to meeting as many people as we can along the way and sharing more about the work that is happening at Sutton Hoo.

“You might find us in the library one day and a branch of Co-op the next, so keep an eye out for our team and come to say hello.”

The £4million project is being funded through a £1.8million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund and the hard work and generosity of National Trust members and supporters though fundraising and donations.

The site’s transformation will allow the National Trust to create an experience at Sutton Hoo - helping visitors learn more about the internationally significant site.

The ambitious plans include a 17 metre observation tower, giving spectacular views over the entire burial ground and the river Deben.

The tower looks to give visitors a greater understanding of the landscape, where an Anglo-Saxon ship was hauled up the valley from the River Deben before it was transformed into the burial chamber which was later discovered by Suffolk archeologist Basil Brown.

A full scale sculpture of the ship is also being created close to the visitors entrance and a new route around the site will allow visitors to walk in the steps of the Anglo-Saxons.

For more on the Sutton Hoo roadshow, visit www.nationaltrust.org.uk/suttonhoo

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