The annual Basil Brown Memorial Lecture

Saturday, May 8th 2021 at 11am, via Zoom

This years lecture will be “Sutton Hoo the Real 1939 Story: a Modern Archaeologist’s View”, with guest speaker: Angus Wainwright, Regional Archaeologist, National Trust.

Details about how to register for this online Zoom lecture will be emailed to members in advance. If you haven’t received your invitation please email

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing details for joining the meeting. Please note that it may take up to 30 minutes to receive your confirmation.

Southend Museum to view the Prittlewell finds


Due to popular demand, the Society is organising a second visit to Southend Museum for an exclusive behind the scenes viewing of the Prittlewell Prince exhibition, hosted by the museum’s curator and assistant curator of archaeology.


The Sutton Hoo Society Annual General Meeting

Friday March 5th 2021 at 7pm via Zoom

This online Zoom meeting will start with Society business and is followed with a talk by local historian Sarah Doig titled “Basil Brown of Rickinghall: Beyond Sutton Hoo”.


Sunday February 21st 2021 at 2.30pm via Zoom

Members’ online Zoom talk by Dr Philip Leech of the Ship’s Company.


*** Following the governments advice on Coronavirus, the Society has cancelled all upcoming events. ***

In particular, this affects the Basil Brown Memorial Lecture.  For many that have already purchased tickets, The Riverside Theatre has refunded their payment but for a small number this has not been possible.  If you are one of these people, please contact the Woodbridge Theatre (details below) to arrange a refund.

We will keep the situation under review and hope to reschedule events later in the year, when the advice says it is safe to do so.

To all our members, stay safe and check the website for the latest news or updates.

*** CANCELLED *** 2020 Basil Brown Memorial Lecture; “The kingdom of Essex and other stories: exploring Britain’s lost realms”, Thomas Williams FSA

*** CANCELLED ***, The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge

The picture we have of the centuries between 400 and 800 has long been shaped by study of the ‘big beasts’: Wessex, Mercia, Northumbria, East Anglia and – to a lesser extent – Kent and the larger realms of the Celtic-speaking north and west. By looking instead to the small and the obscure, to Essex, Lindsey, Dumnonia, Elmet and the myriad other little kingdoms whose rise and fall both nurtured and impeded their larger rivals, the formative centuries of early medieval Britain can be seen from fresh perspectives.  In this lecture, Dr Thomas Williams FSA, former Curator of Early Medieval Coins at the British Museum and author of Viking Britain (2017) and Viking London (2019), will discuss themes drawn from his forthcoming book about the forgotten kingdoms of early medieval Britain.

Sutton Hoo Society Members £8 and Public £10.

Ticket information available from The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge 01394 382174.

2020 AGM and Lecture by Susanne Hakenbeck

Friday 21st February 2020, 7pm for 7.30pm, Sutton Hoo

Refreshments in the Café on Arrival. All members welcome. Following the general meeting, Susanne Hakenbeck, of Cambridge University, will give a talk on Princely Burials.

2019 Basil Brown Memorial Lecture

Saturday 13 April 2019, 11:00 am, The Riverside Theatre, Woodbridge

In this illustrated lecture, Professor Michelle Brown, FSA, Professor Emerita at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, Visiting Professor at University College London and Former Curator of Medieval and Illuminated Manuscripts at the British Library, will discuss the introduction of manuscript culture to Anglo-Saxon England and the complex web of peoples, practices and beliefs that lay behind it. The influence of Germanic metalwork (such as the Sutton Hoo finds), Celtic art and thought, ancient Romano-British trading contacts with the Mediterranean and the Middle East all find their place in the pages of books such as the Book of Durrow, the Lindisfarne Gospels, the Codex Amiatinus, the Vespasian Psalter and the Book of Kells to form a new vision of the place of these islands on the world stage.

2019 AGM and Lecture by Dr Mike Bintley

Friday 1 March, 7:00pm, Deben Suite, Ufford Park Hotel

Following the general meeting, Dr Mike Bintley, Lecturer in Early Medieval Literature and Culture at Birkbeck, University of London, gave a stimulating and thought-provoking talk on ‘The Material World of the Old English Andreas‘.

Anglo-Saxon Kingdoms: Art, Word, War

Monday 14 January 2019, The British Library

The Society attended the once-in-a-lifetime exhibition on Anglo-Saxon history, literature and culture hosted by the British Library and marvelled over the priceless manuscripts and artefacts on display. Prior to the exhibition, the group enjoyed a talk given by a resident expert who contributed to the preparation of the exhibition.

Reports on our trips can be found in the Society’s magazine Saxon. Previous editions can be viewed here.

Recent visits have included

  • Southend Museum to view the Prittlewell finds,
  • Norwich Castle Museum
  • Roman Colchester
  • Battle Abbey
  • Ashmolean Museum, Oxford
  • West Stow Anglo-Saxon Village and Mildenhall Museum
  • Parker Library, Wren Library, Fitzwilliam Museum, and Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, Cambridge
  • Colchester Castle
  • Archaeological site at Lyminge, Kent

and we have travelled as far as Gamla Uppsala, Ireland, Lindisfarne and Canterbury as well as closer to our Suffolk homeland.

For more information or enquiries, please contact our SHS Membership Secretary, via the website.

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