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Sutton Hoo helmet to feature on stamps

PUBLISHED: 03:08 30 August 2003 | UPDATED: 14:18 03 March 2010

A NEW set of stamps are to feature the famous Sutton Hoo helmet, found near Woodbridge in 1939.

The Post Office is bringing out stamps in October to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the British Museum.

A NEW set of stamps are to feature the famous Sutton Hoo helmet, found near Woodbridge in 1939.

The Post Office is bringing out stamps in October to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the British Museum.

One of the stamps will feature the helmet which was donated to the British Museum after being found in the remains of a ship on land owned by Edith Pretty.

This is one of only four known Anglo-Saxon helmets and a picture of the helmet is used worldwide as the symbol of the National Trust site. There is also a huge replica of the helmet outside the exhibition centre, opened by the Trust last year.

A body was not found inside the ship burial but it is believed to have been the grave of King Raedwald, one of the first English kings.

A spokeswoman for the Trust said: ''We are thrilled to be able to have a stamp and it will raise the profile of Sutton Hoo and make more people aware of what treasures the place has.''

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