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Dunwich Museum
4.5
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WWTravellerKent
Medway197 contributions
Well worth a visit!
Oct 2020
Athelstan Museum is located on St James Street, Dunwich, is open 7 days a week (between 11.30 and 16.30), is dog friendly and does not charge an entrance fee (donations welcome or buy something from the shop).

The Museum is small but full of interesting information and artefacts and its surprising the amount of information packed into a small space.

It tells the history of Dunwich over the centuries, from a Roman fort to the capital of a Saxon Kingdom, to 11th Century port (one of the greatest on the east coast) with its own mint, most of it being lost to the North Sea and up to the present day tiny village of barely more than 120 people and a few offshore fishing boats.

In addition they run a series of short term exhibitions with interactive effects for all; and the museum volunteers are there to explain and elaborate as necessary.

All in all, well worth a visit if you are in the area and want to know more about its history.
Written 28 October 2020
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vonireland
Cambridge, UK873 contributions
Fascinating
Oct 2020 • Couples
If you weren't convinced about the power of the sea then pay s visit to Dunwich and its museum.
A fascinating place probably unknown to most of us. Yet it was one of the country's most important cities a thousand years ago.
Written 19 October 2020
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Chris B
Stevenage, UK97 contributions
A hidden gem on the coast.
Oct 2020
We visited the museum on a Sunday and it seemed a popular place to be. Despite the small size the museum has implemented a one way system which works well. The museum is essentially two rooms one above the other. The center piece of the ground floor is the model of the village in medieval times showing how the once large town has been lost to the sea over the years. Meanwhile around the walls are some interesting finds that have been made in the area with background history of how Dunwich grew to be one of the most significant ports on the east coast before losing its port and then declining into obscurity over many years. The upper floor focusses more on the natural side of the locality with birds and animals that can be found area as well as a film show on the history of the town. Overall worth a visit and certainly worth more than the £2 suggested donation to get in.
Written 5 October 2020
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Minnou
United Kingdom254 contributions
A little gem
Aug 2020
Small, but full of interest. Dunwich was once a major port, and this museum tells its history. Good for kids too.
Written 21 August 2020
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Simonr1295
London, UK357 contributions
Sweet local museum well worth a visit
Aug 2020 • Family
Dunwich is a somewhere I’ve wanted to visit for a long time. Strange stories of 12 churches that disappeared beneath the sea following a great storm in 1287. It’s all explained in this local museum - giving you all the history and natural history of the mysterious village that was once one of the most important places in England. Well worth popping in.
Written 13 August 2020
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pumba58
London, UK7 contributions
Our visit to the museum
Feb 2020 • Couples
We spent 3 nights in Dunwich. We had no idea of the history of the village but the museum portrayed it so well. The volunteer on duty had so much knowledge and was able to tell us about the loss of this city to the sea and it's impact on the port and why the village is how it is today.
I would recommend a visit to this museum to anyone who is interested in history
Written 24 February 2020
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Jelly4fish
London, UK42 contributions
Delightful little museum.
Dec 2019
Popped in on New Year's eve - well worth a visit. It's free of charge and you can make a donation. Interesting to read about the history of Dunwich and see some of the local archaeological finds.
Written 2 January 2020
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Alan J
Chandler’s Ford, UK153 contributions
Easily missed
Oct 2019
A tiny museum in an ordinary village house, but it is a gem capturing the lost era of a once great place. Upstairs it can be very atmospheric as the sun goes down, almost ghostly, but there is a reputation for hauntings in this area. Walk the village at dusk, listen and look!
Written 1 January 2020
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GrandesRocques
Sunderland, UK126 contributions
A compact but fascinating museum providing real insight into a lost town
Oct 2019
Dunwich is a village that is a little off the beaten track, so it is hard to image it being a bustling town but the small museum tells a fascinating story about how the sea encroached upon the settlement until only what we see today remains. There is a model of the village and a video presentation upstairs (lift available for those with difficulty mobilising) but all the artifacts which have been recovered and some of the photographs make this a must see attraction. The price is right (free) but its worth a donation.
Written 23 October 2019
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CJay
Bedford, UK7 contributions
Worth a visit
Sep 2019
A small and intimate museum, it was well worth a visit to see some of the archaeological finds in one of the most interesting and challenging sites in Britain. The centrepiece model of the effect of coastal erosion on the Roman city of Dunwich is fantastic. Our dog was also welcome around the museum which meant we could wander round at our leisure. The displays had a timeline with important British events running across the top- very useful in situating Dunwich's history against the wider picture of Britain at the time. The museum was free, with free parking outside, with the option of a donation inside the museum itself. For those with access issues, there was also a lift to see the displays upstairs. Worth a visit for any interested in local history.
Written 28 September 2019
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