About Suffolk Archives

The Suffolk Record Office collects and holds material that is relevant to the history of Suffolk. This includes the records of:

  • local authorities and bodies in Suffolk
  • businesses, societies, institutions and individuals in Suffolk
  • published material related to Suffolk

We are legally responsible for a number of different types of records from across Suffolk, including

  • parish, district, borough and county councils records
  • probate records
  • magistrates’ courts records
  • coroner’s and health authority’s records
  • manorial and tithe records
  • church records (baptism, marriage etc)

Some of our unique collections include:

We also hold a number of photographic collections.

Newspapers and Periodicals

We provide access to a large number of historic and modern Suffolk newspapers. You can search the availability of specific papers using the Newsplan Database.  We also have collections of local interest magazines and journals which are listed in booklet format with their locations.

You can suggest new local studies titles by emailing lowestoft.ro@suffolk.gov.uk