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Mar 16th 2022 • Collections & Exhibitions, Heritage, Highlights

News from the Watermill

Alton Watermill recently featured on the BBC Radio 4 series ‘Museums That Make Us,’ the building is currently being restored and is due to reopen in mid-2022. Collections and Interpretation Manager Lisa Harris updates us on the work that has been taking place and what you can expect to find when the building reopens to…

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Dec 13th 2021 • Collections & Exhibitions, Food, Highlights, Trainees & Internships

Christmas in the Collection 

Christmas in the Collection The Museum of East Anglian Life is fortunate to have a wide and varied collection, from which so many stories can be told. Perhaps you would be surprised to know you that can find a taste of Christmas in the Museum’s own collection, so let us explore some of the objects…

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Dec 8th 2021 • Collections & Exhibitions, Food, Highlights, Trainees & Internships

The Joys of Christmas Dinner

The Christmas season has arrived, and the museum is looking very festive and feeling rather cold! But alongside the winter weather comes a range of festive food, which some of us may have been waiting all year to get a taste of once more. Honey roasted parsnips, dates wrapped in bacon and buttery Brussell sprouts…

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Dec 2nd 2021 • Collections & Exhibitions, Highlights, Trainees & Internships

Festive Food Traditions- Biscuit Tins

It’s almost Christmas! No matter how you spend it, I think we can all agree that one of the most exciting parts is the delicious food we get to eat and share with each other. To celebrate, we wanted to take the opportunity to explore the different tasty traditions we revisit year after year. Today,…

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Oct 15th 2021 • Collections & Exhibitions, Highlights

DIALECT & HERITAGE: Do you have family from one of these East Anglian villages?

DIALECT & HERITAGE: Do you have family from one of these East Anglian villages? We are looking for people who have long family connections to the following villages listed below and the descendants of people who contributed to the University of Leeds’ Survey of English Dialects 1946 – 1978. You can play a vital part…

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Oct 6th 2021 • Collections & Exhibitions, Heritage, Highlights, Trainees & Internships

Read about black history

We are excited to be hosting a new temporary exhibition, Dining With U.S. Innovators: Black People Who Changed Food History. The exhibition pays tribute to the lives and accomplishments of inspiring Black innovators who transformed the way we grow, process and prepare food. As it is Black History Month, we felt it was important to…

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Sep 22nd 2021 • Collections & Exhibitions, Heritage, Highlights, Volunteering

Dialect and Heritage Volunteers

Dialect and Heritage Volunteers Do you mash, soak or brew your tea? Have you ever seen a billywitch, bishy barnabee, harnser, hodmedod or tiddlywink? Have you ever wondered how dialects are recorded and studied? Now you can be a part of the process.  The Museum of East Anglian Life is working in partnership with the University…

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Aug 31st 2021 • Collections & Exhibitions, Community, Highlights, Trainees & Internships

Dining With Pride – A Trainee’s Perspective

Hi, I am Eve, a Skills for the Future trainee at the Museum of East Anglian Life. I had a part in putting together our temporary exhibition: Dining With Pride, as well as creating an event to run alongside it.  Dining With Pride is a temporary exhibition that explores the lives of LGBTQ+ people with…

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