A local crag pit
Flint and Bronze-Age
implements, Iron-Age, Roman
and Anglo-Saxon pottery, brooches
and coins, point to a long period of human activity. Coins, seals, brooches, buckles, belt and harness mounts have been found in the local area, all of which have been recorded under the Portable Antiquities Scheme. Many of these are on display in the museum.
Coralline crag, a shelly sand deposit containing many fossils, is a unique geological feature of the area.
At the heart of the collection are the regalia of the former borough of Orford dating from 1579 to the nineteenth century, including maces, oar-maces (insignia of the water bailiffs), robes, staves, punchbowls and official badges. Although for security reasons the most valuable items are kept in a bank, many others are on display.
The museum has a large number of archaeological and social history artefacts, photographs, prints and drawings, printed ephemera and other archival material.
Owing to space restrictions in the castle only a proportion of the collection can be displayed.To address this problem, one of the cases has been designated a ‘changing’ display, enabling items to be exhibited on a rotating basis.
Evidence has been found
of occupation pre-dating
the building of the Castle
by King Henry II in the
Painting of Orford Quay by Emmeline Rope 1884
Roman cremation urn C1-2
Bronze Age Gold torc found at Boyton (now in BM, replica in OM).
Roman 'duck' brooch c43AD- 100AD
Neolithic stone axehead found in the River Ore