Rendlesham Revealed The Heart of an Anglo-Saxon Kingdom AD 400-800


Rendlesham Revealed: The Heart of a Kingdom AD 400-800 is a new exhibition at the National Trust’s Sutton Hoo, telling the story of an Anglo-Saxon royal settlement in Suffolk, the largest and wealthiest of its time known in England.

Taking visitors on a 400-year journey, the exhibition reveals how the settlement at Rendlesham developed, before moving on to celebrate contributions from today’s local community who uncovered the archaeological remains. This story is brought to life with over 150 archaeological finds from the settlement, ranging from food remains to gold jewellery, many of which have never been on public display before, on loan from Colchester and Ipswich Museums and Suffolk County Council's archaeological archives. Some of the objects on display include high status gold and silver dress accessories, sword fittings and horse harness fittings. As well as more everyday objects worn and used by the people who lived there, such as buckles and pottery.

Suffolk County Council’s Archaeological Service is curating the exhibition, to celebrate the Rendlesham Revealed community archaeology project funded by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

When and Where?

23rd March - 29th October 2023 at National Trust Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 3DJ

Entry to the temporary exhibition will be included in the normal admission charge to Sutton Hoo, which is free for National Trust members.

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How Has Archaeology Revealed Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham?

Want to learn more about Anglo-Saxon Rendlesham? This animated video for families and young people explains the archaeological techniques involved in discovering the incredible remains of this important Anglo-Saxon royal settlement at Rendlesham. What did this royal settlement look like and who were the people that once lived there?

Created March 2023 by Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service for the Rendlesham Revealed community project, supported by The National Lottery Heritage Fund. Video and animation by Emma Youell. Music by Gemma Parker (@darkbardess). Illustration of the hall by Donna Wreathall.


Thank you to the National Trust and Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, for supporting this exhibition, as well as the many partners, the local landowners and farmers who have allowed access to their land, and National Lottery players, without whom, funding for this project would not have been made possible.

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gold and garnet anglo-saxon bead from Rendlesham


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