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Suffolk attraction Sutton Hoo at full capacity thanks to Netflix film The Dig




Sutton Hoo, an Anglo-Saxon burial ground near Woodbridge, is experiencing a boost in visitors following Netflix film, The Dig.

The Dig, which stars Carey Mulligan and Ralph Fiennes, was released on the streaming platform in January this year and, since Sutton Hoo reopened, has been a major talking point amongst visitors.

Laura Howarth, archaeology and engagement manager at Sutton Hoo says the site has been busy in recent weeks.

The Anglo-Saxon burial ground has experienced a boost in visitor numbers after Netflix film The Dig. Picture by Mark Westley.
The Anglo-Saxon burial ground has experienced a boost in visitor numbers after Netflix film The Dig. Picture by Mark Westley.

"We are seeing visitor numbers at capacity or nearly at capacity every day at the moment," she said.

"All of the conversations we are having with visitors are people coming off the back of hearing about the film or watching the film which is brilliant."

The film, which is set in 1939, tells the story of the iconic discoveries made at Sutton Hoo when landowner Edith Pretty asked local archaeologist Basil Brown to investigate some mysterious mounds on her estate.

The Dig was released on Netflix in January 2021 and, since reopening, has inspired many to visit the site.
The Dig was released on Netflix in January 2021 and, since reopening, has inspired many to visit the site.

Brown uncovered an Anglo-Saxon burial ship and chamber filled with treasures including a warriors helmet, swords and shields.

Ms Howarth thinks the film is a great way to get people excited about Sutton Hoo and encourage people to visit and learn more about the area.

"It is opening Sutton Hoo up to a different audience and we are seeing a lot of people who have heard about Sutton Hoo before but this has really engaged their curiosity by transferring it into a piece of pop culture," she said.

"The film has re-inspired local people to take that pride in the history of Sutton Hoo."

Ms Howarth explained that many Suffolk residents with prior knowledge of the site have been acting almost as tour guides to those from further afield visiting for their first time.

£4m has been spent on Sutton Hoo over the past few years in an attempt to improve visitor experience, with a viewing tower in place and a sculpture trail opening soon.

For those wishing to visit the site, tickets must be booked via the National Trust website.

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