The Sutton Hoo ship burial mound, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England
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The Heritage Trust

A new display of the British Museum’s early medieval collections, including the famous Sutton Hoo treasure which was excavated in 1939 from a ship burial mound in Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, England, is scheduled to open this March in Room 41 of the Museum. Made possible through a generous donation by Sir Paul and Lady Jill Ruddock, it is the first full refurbishment of the gallery since 1985, involving replacement of the flooring and roof, and renovation of the internal architecture.

Marking 75 years since their discovery, the gallery’s centrepiece will be the finds from the Sutton Hoo ship burial in Suffolk, one of the most spectacular and important discoveries in British archaeology. Excavated in 1939, on the eve of the Second World War, this grave inside a 27m-long ship may have commemorated an Anglo-Saxon king who died in the early AD 600s. It remains the richest intact burial to survive from Europe. Many of its incredible treasures, like the helmet, gold buckle and whetstone have become icons not only of the British Museum, but of the Early Medieval as a whole. The project coincides with the BP exhibition: Vikings: life and legend in the Sainsbury Exhibitions Gallery.

Early seventh century Anglo-Saxon purse-lid from the Sutton Hoo ship burial
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Replica/reconstruction of the purse-lid in the Sutton Hoo Museum, Sutton Hoo, Suffolk
Image: The Heritage Trust

More on the British Museum website here.