Sutton Hoo treasure on display in new British Museum gallery

Date Posted: 20/01/2014

From 27th March, school trip organisers will be able to take pupils to see a new display of the British Museum’s early medieval collection, including the famous Sutton Hoo treasure.

It is the first full refurbishment of the gallery in Room 41 since 1985, involving replacement of the flooring and roof, and renovation of the internal architecture.

Sutton Hoo treasure takes centre stage

Marking 75 years since its discovery, the gallery’s centrepiece will be the finds from the Sutton Hoo ship burial in Suffolk, one of the most important discoveries in British archaeology.

Excavated in 1939, on the eve of World War Two, the grave – which was inside a 27 metre-long ship may have commemorated an Anglo-Saxon king who died in the early AD 600s.

Pupils on a school trip to the new gallery will be able to see material from the British Museum’s collections that has never been shown before, including Late Roman mosaics.

Entry to Room 41 will be free.

For more school trip information visit

School Travel Organiser's Guide