Councillor Melanie Vigo di Gallidoro, Suffolk County Council’s Deputy Cabinet Member for Protected Landscapes and Archaeology, said:
"The world now knows more about Anglo-Saxon life, thanks to the brilliant work undertaken by the Rendlesham Revealed project.
"Hundreds of local volunteers, supported by the council’s Archaeological Service and the academic advisors, have been at the heart of the project and its discoveries. They have unearthed objects that have been buried in Suffolk’s soil for over 1,000 years.
"I’d like to thank the National Trust and Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, for supporting this exhibition, as well as the many partners, the local landowners and farmers who have allowed access to their land, and National Lottery players, without whom, funding for this project would not have been made possible."
The exhibition will take visitors on a 400-year journey, revealing how the settlement at Rendlesham developed, before moving on to celebrate contributions from today’s local community:
- “Rendlesham Before Sutton Hoo AD 400-570”: the rise of the settlement
- “Royal Rendlesham AD 570-720”: the settlement at its height
- “Rendlesham after Royalty AD 720-800”: the decline of the settlement and the rise of Ipswich
- “Uncovering Rendlesham with the Community”
Some of the objects on display, include:
- High status gold and silver dress accessories, sword fittings and horse harness fittings
- Everyday objects worn and used by the people who lived there, such as buckles and pins, weaving items and pottery
- Metal working debris and unfinished items
- Animal bone as the remains of food preparation and feasting