The museum had an interesting start. To encourage people to attend the annual Parish Meeting in 1971, they were asked to bring something old to an exhibition in the village hall. So many interesting articles appeared that the exhibition continued for several days and from this a permanent museum was born.
As the collection grew in size, it needed a larger space to display everything and eventually took over the entire first floor of the Guildhall. Today, the museum’s collection includes early twentieth century shop interiors together with window displays, artefacts, costumes; information on domestic life of the same period and the Mid Suffolk Light Railway, which terminated in Laxfield; farming and rural life in Suffolk and local ‘field finds’, including fossils. One unusual display not to miss is a complete Victorian privy.
Annual displays focus on different aspects of the collection with special evening events.