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“The best kept museum secret in Suffolk - by far!”

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 is open every Wednesday from 9:30am to 3:30pm, and the first Sunday of every month from 9:30am - 3:30pm.
Reviewed 13 January 2013

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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Reviewed 15 October 2012

Located in the centre of Bury St Edmunds, we visited on the day the paralympic flame was on show so entry was by voluntary contribution. Ordinarily there is a charge for entry, I can't remember how much but I do recall thinking I hadn't been asked to pay that amount on leaving. You get a sense of pride from the exhibits however the available space limits the displays and makes for a dry experience. Overall it tries hard to show their history, and I'm glad I've been, but won't rush back.

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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.

3  Thank jaygeebse
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