The Suffolk Punch Trust

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Things to see & do > Heritage Museum & Barn

The Trust has two large buildings housing a magnificent collection of artefacts. They show various aspects of rural Suffolk life, mostly in relation to Suffolk horses.

HERITAGE MUSEUM

This exhibition hall contains lots of small items, many now housed here after the sad closure of the Suffolk Horse Society's museum. The hall is divided into areas, each illustrating a different theme. These sections include:

  • The history of the Suffolk Punch breed, the 250 year old Colony Stud and The Suffolk Horse Society.
  • An area on Suffolk's three big engineering firms: Ransomes of Ipswich, Garretts of Leistonand Smyth of Peasenhall – all leaders in making horse-drawn machinery.
  • Artefacts showing the manual and child labour that was common in farming.
  • Farriery displays showing the craft of the wheelwright and the blacksmith.
  • An insight into rural life and what people did when not working on the farm.
  • Info on the Suffolk breeds we have on the farm – plus equipment for keeping livestock.
  • A look at the local industry linked with arable framing - brewing, malting and milling – and modes of transport in Suffolk, all dependent on horses.
  • A collection of vintage grocery items from East of England Co-operative Society.
  • A Ferguson tractor - a machine that spelt the end of the agricultural horse.

EQUIPMENT BARN

This building contains the larger items - 60+ horse-drawn vehicles (both rural and urban) and implements all in working condition and still used.

Vehicles

  • A pantechnicon (furniture removal van) lent to us by London firm, Bishops.
  • A bottle dray lent by McMullen's Brewery of Hertford (regularly taken to events).
  • A miller's wagon from Messrs. Pauls' - the finest example in existence.
  • A restored dray from Paul Rackham.
  • The 3 staple vehicles of any Suffolk farm - the road wagon, harvest wagon and tumbrel.
  • A unique parade wagon belonging to Worshipful Company of Farriers and used for the Lord Mayor's Show in London.

Cultivating implements

  • Sugar beet and potato lifters.
  • Two Essex wooden beamed ploughs used to work heavy clay soil.
  • A soil reaper (the first mechanical harvesting machine) in perfect condition.
  • Hay making implements.