The Museum collects and displays historical material relating to the area roughly between the Butley River and the River Alde. It includes Orford with Orford Ness, Gedgrave and Havergate Island, and the villages of Sudbourne, Chillesford, Boyton, Butley and Iken.
In April 2005, after six years without premises, Orford Museum re-opened in the Upper Hall of Orford Castle with a licence from English Heritage and funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Suffolk County Council, Suffolk Coastal District Council, The New Orford Town Trust and the Scarfe Charitable Trust.
The display features part of the regalia of the former Borough and items relating to the archaeology and social history of Orford and the surrounding area. Graphics panels feature maps, pictures and photographs illustrating the local story from earliest times to the present day.
Funding from The Art Fund, The Esmé Fairbairn Foundation and generous individual donors has enabled the purchase of an Anglo-Saxon gold tremissis (a tiny gold coin) and a thirteenth century silver cross, both found locally, and has enabled the museum to rent a local modern storage facility and workshop.
The Upper Hall of Orford Castle
Silver Cross 13th century (enlarged from original)
Engraving of Orford Castle c1810
Orford Museum is in the Upper Hall of Orford Castle. Orford, IP12 2ND