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Bundle of letters

From Dunkirk with love

May 22, 20203:01 pmMay 22, 2020 3:02 pmLeave a Comment

The incredible tale of a letter finally delivered, 80 years late 80 years ago next week, as the British army retreated towards Dunkirk, a group of young soldiers wrote letters to their loved ones sharing tales of their experiences and memories of home. One soldier, Harry Cole, who sadly never returned from Dunkirk, wrote a […]

Taking off over Suffolk 

April 17, 20209:23 amApril 17, 2020 10:41 amLeave a Comment

We don’t often think of the Victorians as being the type of people who would prioritise fun and enjoyment. They are, however, the people who created many of the parks and recreation grounds we still enjoy in our towns today.  One such park is Alderman Road Recreation Ground in Ipswich, close to Portman Road Stadium, […]

The Suffragettes in Lowestoft

April 2, 20205:15 pmApril 17, 2020 9:24 amLeave a Comment

During digitisation work this intriguing photograph of a women’s suffrage meeting in Lowestoft came to light. The photograph was taken using a glass plate negative, and helpfully the date it was taken and the names of two of the women on the stage were scratched into the image before it was developed. The image shows […]

The Hold in 3D!

September 29, 201711:50 amMay 4, 2020 3:47 pmLeave a Comment

Until the end of October, you can see a 3D model of The Hold in the foyer of the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building.  It’s a fantastic way to get a sense of the scale of the new building, and how it fits into the surroundings.  Next to the model, some drawing boards show the […]

Collecting stories at Brandon Country Park

September 22, 20172:55 pmLeave a Comment

As part of our ‘Great Suffolk Mantelpiece Project’ we were pleased to collect your family stories at Brandon Country Park yesterday (21/09/17).  Thank you to everyone who participated and to John Royle of Chronicle Digital Storytelling, who will be turning some of them into digital stories to host online. Next stop is Woodbridge Library on […]

The Great Suffolk Mantelpiece Project!

September 18, 20179:32 amLeave a Comment

What’s on your mantelpiece? We would like to start a conversation with you about family history and stories about Suffolk. We thought a mantelpiece was a great way to begin; often it’s the place we keep treasured objects and family portraits or keepsakes. Come along to one of our special sessions and we will record […]

1 Big Multicultural Festival

September 4, 20178:25 amSeptember 4, 2017 8:28 amLeave a Comment

August 27th was a fine, sunny and vibrant day at the 1 Big Multicultural Festival at Alexandra Park in Ipswich.  This colourful event celebrated Ipswich’s cultural diversity with food, music and dance and is always a great day out for families. We were pleased to attend with our project display about The Hold, and our […]

Moles, Cherries and Murder

August 3, 20173:30 pmLeave a Comment

“Moles, Cherries and Murder” Our touring exhibition, exploring the story of the Red Barn Murder at Polstead, can be seen at the following venues: 1 – 5 August – Newmarket Library – see the library website for opening hours 7 – 11 August – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket – open 10am-2pm 12 and 13 August […]

Blood Red Barn

“Blood Red Barn” tickets now available

August 1, 20172:27 pmAugust 3, 2017 3:16 pmLeave a Comment

Free tickets for the staged read-through of the new play Blood Red Barn are now available from the BOYD website. Why not come along and see the most recent interpretation of the tragic tale of Maria Marten and William Corder?  The BOYD theatre group have used archives from the Bury and Ipswich branches to present a […]

An apology!

July 6, 201711:23 amLeave a Comment

Apologies to anyone visiting the University Waterfront Building today or tomorrow, looking for drawings of The Hold.   Due to unforeseen circumstances, this display was cancelled.  However, we will have some architectural drawings to share with you at our forthcoming Oral History sessions on the Waterfront – 14th and 15th July!