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Image credit: Suffolk Pride 2019 © Suffolk Archive

East Anglian museums are opening up again this summer, dusting down tales of local heroes and heroines, and bringing to light new stories of superheroes, mavericks and change makers. Heritage highlights here…

Image credit: Marvel Studios’ Black Panther costumes, Power of Stories, Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich, Suffolk © Megan Wilson

  • Two years in the making, Power of Stories at Christchurch Museum explores storytelling across thousands of years, from shadow puppetry to superhero comics. Pride of place in this ground-breaking exhibition are three original costumes from Marvel Studio’s blockbuster, Black Panther. (Christchurch Mansion, Ipswich. June 26 – October 24).
  • Head to West Stow Anglo Saxon Village for a series of open-air theatre dates across summer, including Heartbreak Productions performance of the David Walliams classic, Mr Stink, and Rattlebox Theatre’s puppetry retelling of Anglo Saxon epic, Beowulf. (West Stow Anglo Saxon Village, West Stow, August 14 – 26).
  • The Hold is delving into their archives to explore untold stories of LGBQT+ experiences throughout Suffolk’s history. Their new exhibition, Pride in Suffolk’s Past, also features contributions from today’s LGBTQ+ community, highlighting what’s changed and what still needs to be done. (The Hold, Ipswich. May 17 – July 4).
  • Ipswich Museum is set to shine a light on our closest celestial neighbour this summer. Their new exhibition, The Moon: Meet Our Nearest Neighbour, stars the brightest object in our night sky. They have an actual piece of the moon on display, so you can see what it’s made of close up. Spoiler alert – it’s not green cheese. (Ipswich Museum. July 31 – October 10).


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