News and Events

The Treasure Trail is back

Once again the Museum is offering a Treasure Trail questionnaire. Aimed at those under 16, it is also available to other visitors. A small prize awaits those who complete it.


8 July 2017 tour changed

The tour on 8 July will meet at Clare Castle Country Park at 11am, then visit the Parish Church. After that there will be a short talk about the Priory and the chance to visit Clare Castle. The annual Priory Craft Fair on 8 July means we cannot take the tour there, but feel free Continue Reading »


Free guided tours for 2017

Meet in Clare Castle Country Park at 11am. Sat 8 July Clare Priory & Clare Parish Church. Visit the ruin of the first Augustinian Friary in England, founded in 1248 by Richard de Clare, Earl of Hertford and Gloucester. Joan of Acre (daughter of King Edward I) and Lionel of Antwerp (son of Edward III) Continue Reading »


New exhibition: The Story of Clare

The distinctiveness of the small town of Clare Suffolk. The Story of Clare has 10 chapters, covering Clare Castle, the de Clares and their close relationship to English kings and queens, the de Clares who took part in Magna Carta, Elizabeth de Burgh Lady of Clare in the 14th century, Clare Common, Schools in Clare, Continue Reading »


New book on Clare Market

The market in Clare is very old and it was once very much larger than the current Market Hill. Its story is told in a new 16-page illustrated pamphlet that explains its former extent. Infill buildings once ran down the middle of the A1092, including a market cross at the southern end. Open at ground Continue Reading »


Clare’s War Memorial has been listed

News arrived just before 2016’s Armistice Day that our War Memorial has been given a Grade II listing by Historic England. Its stonework was recently renewed, and it stands in the middle of Market Hill here in Clare.


Magna Carta 2015 plaque in our garden

Clare’s 2015 celebrations included the production of a splendid carved wooden plaque made by Steve Woricker. It has now been installed in the Museum’s garden on High Street Clare, on the post that holds the old Clare town sign, for all visitors to see. The plaque holds the logo of Magna Carta in Clare, and Continue Reading »


Congratulations to Clare Castle Country Park

Just announced is the £206,000 boost from the Heritage Lottery Fund, for the Park. Museum volunteers will be greatly involved in the development phase, especially on the issues of heritage interpretation surrounding the Castle and its baileys, and Clare Rail Station. Several Museum Trustees are also Trustees of the management team of the Park. The Continue Reading »


Clare War Memorials

Recent research by Tony Pringle on all those memorialized on the Clare War Memorial for WWI and WWII has been deposited in the Museum. It is also on the website www.undyingmemory.net. Anyone with further information, or wanting to find out about a relative or friend is welcome to visit the Museum.


Suffolk Museum of the Year 2016

The Museum has made the long list for Museum of the Year. We need you to come in to vote on the special form. As the smallest museum in the county, we need as many votes as possible to make it onto the short list. A vote for us will help keep our wonderful building Continue Reading »


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