The Suffolk Regiment Museum is not open as often as other museums. In fact, only being open on the first and third Wednesdays every month - and the first Sunday each month, means that you have to stop and think before setting out.
However, once you arrive you realise that this is like no other museum. You can almost hear the sounds of generations of soldiers marching across the parade ground outside.
Inside the museum is a real treat.
As you enter you are faced with a diorama showing a key moment during the campaign in Malaya during the 1950s. A fascinating framed plan of the whole barracks sets the building in context and there is a whole wall filled with medals. There are a few modern display panels in the hallway which are totally out of keeping with the rest of the museum but there is much more to compensate for them.
Upstairs, as you enter the main museum room, you are immediately faced with a vibrant array of colour as the Regimental Drums are right in front of you. As you turn to look down the length of the museum your eyes don't know what to look at first: There are flags, weapons, uniforms, badges, silverware, medals and even a National Serviceman standing next to his bed with kit laid out for inspection.
The Museum also shows the social history with wood carvings, embroidery and a scale model of a windmill made by a wounded soldier .
There is much to interest children including a display of model soldiers and a wonderfully battered Teddy Bear, with Regimental buttons on his jacket, who belonged to a General!
It is a fantastic museum and one where you probably won't be able to see everything in one visit.
It has parking, a small shop, a lovely woodland walk around the former barracks site, and very helpful staff (including former Suffolk Regiment soldiers) who are happy to help with family history research for free.
There is no entrance fee but they ask for donations which I certainly didn't begrudge.
I visit a lot of museums with a military history theme but there are hardly any left like this one.
It deserves to be seen by a much larger audience and they definitely need to get their publicity improved.
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