Sutton Hoo, Suffolk: On the trail of the Anglo-Saxons – Telegraph

The National Trust shares its responsibilities with the Sutton Hoo Society; the latter does site tours while Trust volunteers man the exhibition that occupies a grey timber building 10 minutes’ walk away. Wainwright helped set up the exhibition: to their horror, the researchers found that most visitors knew nothing at all about the Anglo-Saxons. The originators of so much English culture – place names, kingship, legal system – had somehow been squeezed out by the sexier Romans and Vikings. Their delicate interlaced designs were assumed to be Celtic. Even now, some people still leave thinking that Sutton Hoo contained a Viking ship. “If we called it ‘The Sutton Hoo Viking Burial’ we’d probably double our visitor numbers,” says Wainwright, laughing. “So in the end we decided to focus on the site, while doing a major PR job for the Anglo-Saxons.”

Source: Sutton Hoo, Suffolk: On the trail of the Anglo-Saxons – Telegraph

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