The Ancient House
The Ancient House in Clare is widely recognised to have a status of national importance and dates all the way back to the 14th century. Charles Byford gave the Ancient House to Clare in 1938, which was officially established as a museum in 1939 and completely redesigned in 1999 with the help of grants from ST Edmundsbury District Council and the Heritage Lottery Funds.
All the fascinating artefacts and exhibitions within the museum tell the incredible stories of the town’s past Lords and Ladies. With so many interesting exhibitions, The Ancient House is sure to keep you captivated for hours.
Special Offers and Events
The museum invites visitors to two Heritage Open Days, which will take place on the 11th of September and the 12th of September from 11:30 am to 5:00 pm and 2: pm to 5:00 pm, respectively.
The Ancient House Recruitment Drive is now recruiting both helpers and friends to act as stewards during the open hours. This is a great opportunity to meet some of the town residents and visitors and learn more about the extensive history of Clare.