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Happy and Glorious”- An Exhibition celebrating the Platinum Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s reign

April 30 @ 10:00 am - May 8 @ 4:00 pm


An exhibition celebrating the Platinum Anniversary of Queen Elizabeth II reign and the changes that have taken place in Bungay during those 70 years. St Mary’s Church Bungay 10am-4pm

The exhibition will include-

  • Photos and memorabilia relating to the Queen’s accession, proclamation, and subsequent Coronation in 1953
  • Photos and memorabilia relating to local Celebrations for the Silver, Golden and Diamond Jubilees.
  • Photos recording Royal and other well known visitors to the town
  • Changes to the townscape, buildings and surroundings, shops and businesses, recreation areas.
  •  Local celebrities including Town Reeves and Mayors, and significant characters who have influenced the direction of the Town
  • Popular entertainment through the years, including activities connected with the Mayfair Cinema, the Fisher Theatre, the Chaucer Institute, the Honeypot Centre, Bungay Choral Society & the Sea Scouts Gang Shows
  •  Sports and Recreation including the termination of the annual Bungay Race meetings
  •   The passing of the Railway
  •   Education and Youth activities

There is no charge for admission, but donations are welcome for expenses, future funding & local charities

Princess Elizabeth became the Queen on 6th February 1952, upon the death of her father George VI.

In 2022, the Queen celebrates her 70th jubilee. During her reign so far, the Queen has welcomed 14 prime ministers, and has been a loyal and well-loved monarch, since 1952 there have been far-reaching changes by way of technical advances, changes in moral attitudes, and behaviour.

Bungay and its people have not lived in a vacuum during the last 70 years and most of the changes outlined above have affected them.

Some of the long-established businesses such as Nursey & Son have scaled back their business activities, whilst others such as Fen Farm and their cheese making have emerged.

There are very few shops in the town undertaking the same type of trade they were in 1952 and a good number of the pubs have disappeared during the 70 years that has passed.

Many of the Bungay buildings have gone—replaced in most cases by newer fit-for-purpose developments

Local celebrities have made their lasting impact on the town and left their legacy, and the Town’s people have celebrated national events.

All of this and more is reflected in this exhibition.

The booklet that accompanies this exhibition, also called “Happy and Glorious”, gives an in-depth view of a number of changes, most of which confirm why so many people regard Bungay with such affection -whether they are a True Bungayan, or a ‘Furriner’ (a comparative newcomer to the town)


Friday 29th April Preview with reception 7.30PM.

Talk by Sir Laurie Magnus, Chair, Historic England -Admission is free, but donations welcome- booking is essential.

Saturday 30th April until Sunday 8th May- Main exhibition

Open 10.00am to 4.00pm – Admission free but donations welcome for expenses, future funding & local charities

Sunday 1st May at 2pm. -A Walk around Bungay highlighting Town Centre changes 1953-2022. Followed by tea & cake (£8 -Book in advance)-With Chris Reeve, Local Historian & Author

Sunday 8th May at 4.15pm. Afternoon Tea & a local film (£5-Book in advance)

If you would like to book for an event, or you can assist with information, have an heirloom you are prepared to exhibit, or act as a steward please contact JOHN WARNES (01986 892855)  OR   KEITH PARKER (01986 893133)




April 30 @ 10:00 am
May 8 @ 4:00 pm
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The Friends of St Mary’s Priory Church
01986 892855


St Mary’s Priory Church Bungay