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1939, Basil Brown, a museum assistant from Ipswich Museum digging at the mounds in Sutton Hoo

Sutton Hoo (Ipswich)

In 1939 Ipswich Museum was asked to send one of its museum assistants, Basil Brown, to dig around some mysterious mounds on land at Sutton Hoo belonging to Mrs Edith Pretty. The amazing ship burial he was to discover would become one of the most significant archaeological finds of the 20th century and the treasures with in, including the famous Sutton Hoo helmet would become iconic images from the time of the Anglo-Saxons and put Suffolk firmly on the treasure map.

We’d love to have these fabulous objects in Ipswich Museum but they are now in London so that visitors from all over the world can see them at the British Museum. Plan a visit to walk in Basil Brown’s footsteps here: National Trust – Sutton Hoo and Sutton Hoo at the British Museum

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