Category Archives: Abbot’s HAll

A tale of two dairies

As a good social historian I try really hard not sanctify the past. Yet in the course of the  research the interpretation of Crowe Street Cottages in Stowmarket, it’s hard not to feel a longing for a gentler age. Nos. … Continue reading

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How Museum of East Anglian Life got the balance right with Planning

The government is consulting on a revision of the National Policy Planning Framework. They say there are to give local people more say in development matters in their area. They also say planning applications will favour the presumption of ‘sustainable … Continue reading

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A few reflections on Dale Farm and Gypsy Travellers

Yesterday the Guardian reported that a landowner in Stowmarket was making available 10 pitches for Travellers evicted from the Dale Farm in Essex. The site along Combs Lane is adajacent to the Museum of East Anglian Life’s nature reserve. Dale … Continue reading

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Piecing together the Bury St Edmunds Round House

The re-erection of the old Round House that stood in Bury St Edmunds Cattle Market is an intriguing component of the current redevelopment at MEAL. Built in 1864 and sometimes referred to as the Settling House, the building was used … Continue reading

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What we did during 2009-10

Today was the Museum Of East Anglian Life’s Annual General Meeting. Here is my summary of the most important bits of MEAL’s  work over the last twelve months The years 2009/10 marked a coming of age for the Museum of East … Continue reading

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The Abbot’s Hall Project – work begins at last

I’ve just read the first of Maria Balshaw’s blog about the capital development at the Whitworth Art Gallery, so in very unoriginal fashion I’ve decided to write my own account of MEAL’s major development plans. Today was the first meeting … Continue reading

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