Martlesham Heath Aviation Society Control Tower Museum
In 1916 the Armament Experimental Flight moved to the East Coast, along with the Wiltshire based Aircraft Testing Flight. Commissioned in January 1917 the new aerodrome commenced work as the Aircraft Testing Flight. After World War I both military and civil aircraft were tested there.
During World War II it played a major part in securing England’s East Coast and many famous pilots were stationed there including Douglas Bader. The Control tower has been refurbished by members of the Martlesham Heath Aviation Society.
Facilities: Free car parking. PLEASE NOTE: No provision for wheelchairs.
Note: Open Sundays Only – from the first Sunday in April until the last Sunday in October, 2pm-4.30pm.
Parker’s Place, Martlesham Heath. (On the A12 at the Tesco roundabut take Martlesham Heath exit onto Eagleway, 3rd turning on right into Parker’s Place). Tel: 01473 624510 or 435104.
HMS Ganges Museum
Displays of artefacts and photographs from one of the most famous Royal Navy establishments. The mast from HMS Ganges has stood on the site as a famous landmark for over 70 years.
Facilities: Toilets, sales counter.
Shotley Marina, Shotley, Nr Ipswich.
Tel: 01473 684749.
Admission: FREE. Website. SOUTHWOLD
Situated in a 17th Century cottage are displays on local history, archaeology and natural history. Also paintings and information on the Southwold.
Facilities: Items for sale and arrangements for groups.
9-11 Victoria Street, Southwold.
Tel: 0789 0300532.
Sailors’ Reading Room
Reading Room founded and built in 1864. displays includ model ships, figureheads and maritime history of Southwold from Nelson’s Navy to the Royal Navy destroyer HMS Southwold.
East Cliff, Southwold.
The Alfred Cory Museum
The Alfred Cory was Southwold’s most famous lifeboat. After her life as a lifeboat she was sold and converted to a yacht, after passing through several owners she ended up derelict and alone at Maldon in Essex. The boat is now back home in Southwold, housed and being renovated in the former Cromer Lifeboat Shed. The shed is an historic building in its own right, having once housed the Cromer lifeboat the 52 ton building was removed in 1997, cut in half, transported by barge to Southwold and rebuilt at it’s present location.
Facilities: Ample parking on school playground.
Note: Open to the public April to October every first weekend of the month, Saturdays 10am-2pm; sundays 1pm-5pm. Also open (from June) on Wednesday evenings from 7pm till 9pm following the weekend oenings. Other times by arrangement for groups of 10 or more.
Ferry Road Car Park, adjacent to Harbour entrance.
Admission: FREE – Donations welcome.
Open: Good Friday to October 31st, daily 10.30am-12 noon & 2pm-4pm; Weekends: 10am-5pm (Closed Wednesday).
November 1st to Good Friday: Bank Holidays and fine weekends only 10.30am-4pm.
The Amber Museum
If you are keen-eyed and patient as you walk along Southwold’s shoreline, you may just find a piece of amber – for Southwold is the home of amber in the United Kingdom. Therefore it is only fitting that the town should be home to the country’s only Amber Museum. Learn the facinating and mysterious history of this beautiful fossil gemstone.
Many of the items on display are from private collections, loaned to the Museum. Therefore you can visit over and over and always find something new.
Facilities: Ample free parking nearby. Allow up to an hour for your visit.
Rear of The Amber Shop, 15 Market Place.
Open: Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm; Sunday 11am-4pm.
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