Good things come to those Hoo wait

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The Na­tional trust has been awarded a £1.8 mil­lion her­itage Lot­tery Fund (HLF) grant to­wards its £4 mil­lion plan to trans­form Sut­ton hoo, Suf­folk, ‘one of the great­est archaeological dis­cov­er­ies of all time’.

the stretch of heath­land punc­tu­ated by mounds that makes up the 255-acre es­tate of Sut­ton hoo had long in­spired lo­cal su­per­sti­tion be­fore it was pur­chased by Frank and edith Pretty in 1926. After her hus­band’s death, edith ap­proached self-taught ar­chae­ol­o­gist Basil Brown to ex­ca­vate the site. What he dis­cov­ered there in 1939—the fu­ner­ary ship of King Raed­wald and a huge cache of 7th-cen­tury royal trea­sure—re­shaped the An­glo-saxon Mid­dle Ages for his­to­ri­ans.

Much of those 263 ob­jects are now in the pos­ses­sion of the Bri­tish Mu­seum, but the Na­tional trust plans to bring the evoca­tive land­scape to life with a 56ft ob­ser­va­tion tower, of­fer­ing views of the River Deben, from which the An­glo-saxon ship was hauled up the val­ley be­fore it formed the burial cham­ber where the trea­sure was found. in ad­di­tion, there will be en­hanced ac­tiv­i­ties, installations and a schools’ ed­u­ca­tion pro­gramme; a new route will al­low vis­i­tors to walk in the steps of the An­glo-sax­ons. tran­mer house, where the Pret­tys lived, will fea­ture a new ex­hi­bi­tion on the mul­ti­ple dis­cov­er­ies at Sut­ton hoo as well as on­go­ing re­search at this and other archaeological sites.

it’s due to be com­pleted in 2021 and the trust now only needs a fur­ther £560,000 for the project. to con­trib­ute, visit www.na­tion­al­trust.org.uk/ap­peal/sup­port-the-trans­for­ma­tion-of-sut­ton-hoo

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