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Photograph of The Hold with a hot air balloon built of Lego bricks coming in to land

Walk through history in LEGO® bricks

July 12, 20212:40 pmJuly 12, 2021 2:43 pmLeave a Comment

Suffolk Archives is pleased to invite you on a family-friendly journey through famous historical moments, all imagined in LEGO® bricks! Brick History, the next exhibition to come to the new heritage centre The Hold, on Ipswich waterfront, opens on Saturday 17 July and runs throughout the summer until the end of September. From the dawn […]

Photograph of volunteer Jane Kirk in the revamped Tattingstone phone box

Revamped telephone box helps preserve memories of Alton Water

June 14, 20217:25 pmJune 14, 2021 7:28 pmLeave a Comment

Volunteers in Tattingstone and Stutton have been delving into the past to discover forgotten stories of the communities affected by the construction of Alton Water Reservoir in 1970s and 1980s. Part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Sharing Suffolk Stories programme, volunteers on the ‘Land and Shore – Alton Water’ project have collected a […]

Photograph of props from one of the Pride in Suffolk's Past themed escape room

New Escape Room series and wider events programme launched

May 28, 202112:02 pmJune 14, 2021 7:27 pmLeave a Comment

Suffolk Archives brand-new Escape Room series kicks off on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July with two themed rooms which allow participants to delve a little deeper into the stories of two of the fascinating individuals featured in the current Pride in Suffolk’s Past exhibition: Louisa Garrett Anderson and Nina Layard. Contestants are invited to […]

Long-awaited Pride exhibition to open

May 20, 20213:43 pmMay 20, 2021 4:18 pmLeave a Comment

The long-awaited Pride in Suffolk’s Past exhibition opens at The Hold on Ipswich Waterfront on Monday 17 May, in line with the continued relaxation of COVID-19 regulations. This will be only the second exhibition to open in this brand-new venue – which partially opened for the first time last September – and is a fantastic […]

A black and white photograph of a man and a woman having dinner at a table behind two tall candles

Discovering Newmarket’s Jewish refugees

May 20, 20213:20 pmJune 14, 2021 7:28 pmLeave a Comment

A new joint heritage project from Suffolk Archives and the National Horseracing Museum is aiming to uncover stories of Jewish refugees who were housed in Newmarket during World War Two. The project has been inspired by the memoir of one of these refugees, Fritz Ball, who with his wife Eva was among 25 Jewish refugees […]

Visitors enjoying displays in The Hold

Reflections on 2020

February 18, 202112:20 pmFebruary 18, 2021 12:21 pmLeave a Comment

This time last year, we were only just starting to realise that something strange and worrying was on the horizon, and none of us could have foreseen what was in store for 2020 and how hard it would prove to be. At Suffolk Archives we have certainly found it challenging to adapt to so many […]

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Outing the Past Webinar

February 2, 20213:00 pmFebruary 18, 2021 12:29 pmLeave a Comment

We are excited to announce that Suffolk Archives is taking part in OUTing the Past, The Festival of LGBT History 2021 for the first time this year. Suffolk Archives has developed a countywide programme of activities to engage more people than ever before with Suffolk’s archival heritage. One of the largest initiatives is ‘Sharing Suffolk Stories’, […]

Big Draw 2020 competition winners

December 15, 20204:11 pmDecember 15, 2020 6:01 pmLeave a Comment

Over October half-term we ran two competitions as part of The Big Draw – one of them was inspired by Valerie Irwin’s charcoal drawings of change on the Ipswich waterfront, and the other by Richenda Cunningham’s drawings of Lowestoft in the 1840s. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter – […]

Call for contributions to new Pride exhibition

November 22, 20202:51 pmLeave a Comment

Sunday 22 November marks the birthday of Benjamin Britten. As well as being one of the most celebrated British composers of the 20th century, he was also an inspirational contributor to Suffolk’s LGBTQIA+ History – so what better reason to announce the next stage in Suffolk Archives’ Pride in Suffolk’s Past project? This detailed project, […]

Photograph of the certificate awarded to Suffolk Archives by the Military Child Education Coalition

Military partnership rewarded

November 19, 20209:30 amDecember 23, 2020 9:24 amLeave a Comment

Between October 2019 and May 2020, Suffolk Archives worked with the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, the Department of Defence Education Authority (DODEA), and Performance and Pen storytelling, to create a special project which would explore young people’s experiences of arriving and living in Suffolk. In early November 2020, the partnership was thrilled to […]