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Ancient House

Ancient House Museum of Thetford Life

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Thetford's Ancient House has recently benefitted from a £1.6 million renovation, which has gone towards conserving the Grade I listed Tudor merchant's house and creating up-to-date displays.

The atmospheric crooked house tells the remarkable story of Thetford and the Brecks. Discover rich collections alongside audio guides, films and animations.

Meet local people from Thetford's past, from the revolutionary philosopher Thomas Paine to the Sikh hero Maharajah Duleep Singh and from rabbit warreners to railway workers.

Take time out in the re-planted garden and don't miss the brand new museum shop in its oak pavilion. Allow about an hour and a half for a visit.

Ancient House in India

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Pictured right: Karen at India House getting her business visa ready for her trip.

Thetford’s Ancient House Museum owes its existence to the generosity of Prince Frederick Duleep Singh, son of the last Maharajah of the Punjab.

We are now launching a project to raise funds, estimated at £50,000, to redisplay one of the rooms at the museum to give more space to the fascinating Duleep Singh story and our Anglo Sikh connections.

In light of this, our very own Karen-Emma White has been awarded a British Council travel bursary, through the Connections through Culture programme, to travel to India and learn more about our historical connections as well as fostering new ones.

You can keep up to date with her fact finding mission on her blog here

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