A National Trust property by the water
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For the first time in history, conservation charity, the National Trust will exhibit many 1930s photographs at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk.

This special show of historical photographs which were taken by two photographers during their holidays at a digging of one of Britain's most awesome discoveries by archaeologists.

The exceptional pictures are considered to be the last a few remaining records of the Anglo Saxon 'ship burial' of King Raedwald which also contained his most precious personal possessions..

The people who took the pictures were Mercie Lack and Barbara Wagstaff who had photography as a hobby. They were school mistresses staying in Suffolk on holiday in 1939, not long after the ship had been uncovered.

It is thought that an archaeologist might have tipped the holidaymakers off, as they arrived very soon after a beautiful helmet, and intracate jewellery made from gold and many other items of marvel were discovered.

In terms of media and public attention during that period, Merce and Barbara did not get very much public acclaim. This was because the impending Second World War was the subject on most people's lips.

The photographs catalogue the amazing investigation and discovery of the ship with incredible detail - it is an amazing collection of information about the people who were involved in the event, including the methods and the fashions of the time.

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