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“Interesting little museum” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Suffolk Regiment Museum

Suffolk Regiment Museum
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: The Suffolk Regiment Museum tells the story of the regiment from its foundation in 1685 to amalgamation with the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1959. The history covers the regular, militia, volunteer and war-time battalions as well as the experience of individual soldiers and is told through medals, uniforms, photographs, weapons, equipment and personal memorabilia. The museum was opened in 1935. It was housed in various buildings on the Regimental Depot site, including the Sergeants' Mess and Officers' Mess, before moving in 1968 to its present location in the former Armoury. The first floor room is where, by the 1930s, new recruits were fitted out with their uniform and equipment.
Bury St. Edmunds
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“Interesting little museum”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2012

The turreted Victorian barracks building is the last remnant - along with the woods behind - of a large barracks and parade ground built for the Suffolk Regiment. That regiment has subsequently been combined with others to form the Anglian Regiment, who have offices on the top floor. The lower parts hold a wealth of mementos from the regiments' history; paintings, uniforms, flags, badges, guns, maps, photos, models, and much more. Even captured enemy items, as you see in one of my photos.

It is well presented in an old fashioned slightly amateurish way, generally well captioned, and the ex-soldier guides were enthusiastic and helpful.

If you have been to Ickworth House (see my review!) you may spot a few links.

To see most of the display you do need to be able to climb a twisting staircase, but disappointingly there is no high level view of Bury St. Edmunds. Opening times are limited.

I'm not really interested in the military but this collection held my attention - recommended.

Visited June 2012
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