What’s on

Fantabulous Felixstowe Museum is now closed for the winter

 

There was so much to see and do at the museum this year. Throughout the season we could revisit (or visit?) the 1980s, the decade that brought us the mullet hairstyle, shoulder pads, shell suits, leg warmers, ‘Shaddap You Face’ and ‘The Empire Strike Back’ – and also Felixstowe Museum!  We first opened our doors in 1982.

 

 

The office continues to be open during the week for enquiries and research.  Contact us by email or phone to check we’re available.

 

 

Our evening talks (in conjunction with the Felixstowe Family History Society) are held at Broadway House in Orwell Rd, Felixstowe.  We meet on the second Wednesday of the month at 7.30pm.    All welcome.

 

Be sure to check the details below as there may be an option of attending by Zoom depending on the speaker. 

 

(reviewed Nov 2022)

 

Jul
13
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Jul 13 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Bill Tancred MBE on ‘My Life in International Athletics & the many Personalities Met’

 

Bill is a Professor of Sports and Exercise Science and competed in two Olympic Games, three Commonwealth Games and three European Championships. He has written several books and has given talks worldwide as an invited speaker. He is a Felixstowe resident and grew up in the town.

 

Come along and hear our local Olympian speak about his “Wonderful Life” in athletics.

 

All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm.

Aug
6
Sat
40 years of Felixstowe Museum @ Felixstowe Museum
Aug 6 @ 12:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Felixstowe Museum’s 40th Anniversary Event – let’s get this party started!

 

 

Come and celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the wonderful Felixstowe Museum.

‘Get into the groove’… with an 80s disco and live music. Food (pizza, burgers) and drink (mobile bar) to purchase.

Why not come dressed for the decade as your favourite 80s icon?

All welcome. Admission free to the grounds, but normal admission charges for the Museum apply.

 

 

The museum opened its doors to the public in 1982 and, over the last 40 years, it has blossomed from a simple one-room exhibition into the award-winning Felixstowe Museum of today.  It is only fitting that we celebrate the dedication and hard work of the early volunteers as well as those of more recent times. Up until March 2021, when we appointed our first paid manager, the museum was managed and run entirely by volunteers!

Aug
14
Sun
SVEC Classic Car Day @ Felixstowe Museum
Aug 14 @ 11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Once again members of the Suffolk Vehicle Enthusiasts Club will bring their fantastic pre-1948 vehicles to display in the grounds of the museum. 

Come along and enjoy these glorious vehicles and chat to their owners.

Light refreshments available.  Admission to the grounds – Free    

Normal admission charges for the museum.

Sep
14
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Sep 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The planned talk by Chris Broom has been cancelled

 

Following the passing of our late Sovereign, Queen Elizabeth II, and in recognition of the need for a time for reflection, the FFHS committee has decided to cancel this week’s September speaker meeting.

 

Oct
12
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Oct 12 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Geoffrey Kay on: ‘The Crystal Palace and the Great 1851 Exhibition’

 

An illustrated talk telling the amazing story of the building, what was displayed and the people who organised the world’s first international exhibition.

 

There will be a brief AGM of the Felixstowe Family History Society before the talk begins.   This was postponed as the September meeting was cancelled due to the period of mourning for our late Queen.

 

All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm.  

Oct
26
Wed
Halloween Fun @ Felixstowe Museum
Oct 26 @ 12:00 pm – Oct 30 @ 5:00 pm

Halloween Fun @ Felixstowe Museum

 

Halloween Fun at Felixstowe MuseumJoin in the fun with two Halloween children’s trails to discover:

 

   ‘Black Cat Hunt’ – tell us what each cat is doing for the spooky season.
   ‘Skeleton Trail’ – help find the skeleton’s bones hidden around the Museum.

 

Also on Saturdays 22, 29, Wednesday 26 and Sundays 23, 30 October, the Museum will be decorated spooky-style too!

No need to book. Just turn up.

Runs on usual Museum opening days in October.

Normal admission charges for the Museum apply, plus £1.00 for a trail sheet – purchased at the ticket office on arrival.

 


Nov
9
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Nov 9 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Richard Symes on: ‘Turbulence to Tranquillity, The History of Dunwich Heath’

 

An illustrated talk about the extraordinary tales of people and events from the 18th Century until today. 

How the Heath has changed: from the days of smuggling to Coastguards then on to the dramatic events during WW1 and WW2.

The Heath was certainly not always the quiet and peaceful place that it is today!

 

It may also be possible to join this meeting by Zoom – please email fxfhs@hotmail.com at the latest by the evening of Tuesday 8th Nov. to register your interest.

 

All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm.  

Dec
14
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Dec 14 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Pip Wright on ‘Exploring Suffolk by Bus Pass’

 

There are few corners of Suffolk (and neighbouring counties) that can’t be reached by bus. Those of us fortunate enough to have our bus-pass can use it to plan expeditions and days out.

This talk, liberally illustrated with Suffolk views, shows how you can do it – if not now, then when the warmer months return.

 

It may also be possible to join this meeting by Zoom – please email fxfhs@hotmail.com at the latest by Wednesday 7th Dec. for further details and to register your interest.

 

 

All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm.  

Jan
11
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ Broadway House
Jan 11 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Sarah Doig on ‘Travellers’ Tales’

 

A fascinating insight into the social history of our region as Sarah tells us how East Anglia has been viewed through the eyes of travel writers over the centuries.

 

It may also be possible to join this meeting by Zoom – please email fxfhs@hotmail.com at the latest by Wednesday 4th Jan. for further details and to register your interest.

 

 

All welcome.  Doors open at 7pm.  

Feb
8
Wed
EVENING TALKS PROGRAMME @ By Zoom at your home or Broadway House
Feb 8 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

Mia Bennett on ‘Solving Genealogy Brick Walls using DNA’

THIS IS A ZOOM ONLY TALK

 

Mia will use an example from her own family history where she has progressed a ‘brickwall’ using DNA alongside traditional genealogy research.

The path to solving this brickwall had a number of surprises along the way with forgeries, quick marriages, criminal ancestors and often more questions than answers. In telling the story, methods and tools for using DNA to break down brickwalls are provided.

 

Please email fxfhs@hotmail.com at the very latest by the evening of Wednesday 1st Feb. to register your interest and receive the link.

 

If you wish to attend at Broadway House there will be a Zoom link and screen set up there to show the talk.

 

 

All welcome.