The skeletal remains of an Anglo-Saxon warrior, and his horse, will be the star attraction when a newly-refurbished museum opens it doors to the public next week.
The remains were discovered in 1997 at RAF Lakenheath and are going on display at Mildenhall Museum which has been doubled in size as part of a project costing more than £1 million – funded using £789,000 from Forest Heath District Council, a Lottery Heritage Fund grant of £423,000, grants from Suffolk County Council and Mildenhall Parish Council and money from the museum.
The museum now has modern exhibition space with new galleries and displays.
There is also a lift allowing disabled access to all parts of the museum and a community area which has already been in use throughout August, holding holiday activities for children, with others planned for the half term holiday later this month.
The bones of the warrior, who is thought to have died in about AD500, are being displayed under glass with visitors able to view them in the same position as they were found.
The museum will be officially re-opened on Tuesday by Lord Iveagh with public admission allowed from Wednesday.
The museum is run and managed by volunteers and Anne Leakey, one of the new recruits, said: “It’s really exciting to be involved in such a big local project and I relish the opportunity to learn about the history of the area.
“I am looking forward to sharing what I have learnt with other people.”