Suton Hoo burial mound
Image credit Moss

Writing in the East Anglian Daily Times, Andrew Clarke, Arts Editor, reports that –

“It’s like stepping back in time. The Sutton Hoo Visitors Centre has unearthed a host of new, historically important treasures. Like the original ship burial, this remarkable find has laid unseen and forgotten for a long time. Tucked away in a dusty storeroom were a couple of fairly nondescript cardboard boxes. Inside these unprepossessing packages were a photographic treasure trove which sheds new light on the discovery and the excavation of the Sutton Hoo ship burial. Inside the boxes were more than 400 photographs taken during the summer of 1939 by two visiting school teachers Barbara Wagstaff and Mercie Lack.

““The colour pictures, in-particular, give us a real sense of a window into the past. For the first time we can see the coloured stains in the sand left by the rust from the rivets, we can see the impressions and the discolourations made in the sand by the wood and just as importantly it offers us a view of the excavation process.””*

An exhibition Captured on Camera: The Summer of 1939 of the photographs runs at Sutton Hoo, Woodbridge, Suffolk, from 23 November 2010 until 20 March 2011. For opening times and further details visit or telephone 01394 389700.

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