If you followed the BBC’s “Great British Story” with presenters Michael Wood and Dr Carenza Lewis, you will have seen that Long Melford was featured a while ago. Being involved in the community Big Dig was an exciting time in the village and as a result, two local amateur archaeologists John Nunn and Rob Simpson were inspired to set up the Long Melford Heritage Centre in 2011.
Since then a willing band of volunteers has come forward to assist in running the Long Melford Heritage Centre which is situated at the rear of the village hall in Chemist’s Lane (opposite the Bull Hotel).
Many fascinating treasures were unearthed during the Big Dig, from Long Melford’s Roman and Medieval past.
The centre is open from April until November and its opening hours are Saturdays 10 am – 4 pm, Sundays 12 – 4 pm and Wednesday afternoons 2 – 4 pm.
Long Melford Heritage Centre’s current focus is on the men and women from Long Melford who went off to fight in the First World War. What makes this different from most exhibits is that it is not only the names of the fallen on the village war memorial in the churchyard which feature but also those who returned to Long Melford and whose lives would be changed forever by the conflict.
Their stories and photographs have been gleaned from descendants, some of whom still live in the village. Photographic and artefact displays of bygone Long Melford is also on view
Chemists Lane, Long Melford, CO10 9JG Suffolk