About Us > Vision, Mission & Values

With 17 historic buildings set in 75 acres of beautiful countryside, the Museum of East Anglian Life is the largest independent museum in Suffolk. The museum is an educational charity and a social and cultural enterprise supporting the community. We care for over 40,000 objects – once the everyday items of East Anglian life. Our collection has a particular focus on the production of food and social history relating to it, reflective of the region’s strong agricultural character.

We aim to enrich people’s lives, encouraging enjoyment, learning and participation through our public programme, training and volunteering schemes. We hold events throughout the year, family activities during the holidays, a programme for schools and community-focused initiatives. We are a space for people to be active, learn new things, look at the world differently, make friends and give something back.


Our vision is that people are inspired by the past to make positive change in their own lives.


The museum’s mission is to challenge the way people think about East Anglia, its landscape and its people.

  • Ideas: we use our collection to engage people with issues that are relevant to them.
  • Identity: we reflect and celebrate the region and its communities; we inspire local pride.
  • Impact: we promote wellbeing for people and the planet.


  • Relevant: we engage people with our collection and how it relates to their lives.
  • Open-minded: we challenge ourselves and others.
  • Collaborative: we build partnerships; we actively involve people.
  • Sustainable: we work towards a sustainable world.
  • Pioneering: we want to be recognised nationally as a museum with a focus on food.