Suffolk Archives’ branches

For branch contact details click on the relevant building.


We are excited to be bringing an ambitious project to Suffolk, which will transform the way we engage with archives.

Set to open in Spring 2020, “The Hold: a Suffolk Archive service for the 21st Century” will create a new, flagship heritage facility, to care for and showcase our county’s records and collections. It will bring locally and nationally significant exhibitions to all Suffolk Archives branches, state of the art research facilities and more access than ever before to digital collections.

The countywide activity plan which comes hand in hand with The Hold building, enables us to deliver many more archive related events, learning activities and digital programmes across Suffolk, meaning more people can truly connect with Suffolk’s unique and fascinating history than ever before.

As part of the transformation, building refurbishments will be taking place. Details of when and where work is being carried out to transform the Suffolk Archives service can be found here.

Bury St Edmunds Record Office

Bury St Edmunds

Ipswich Record Office


Lowestoft Record Office, 1st floor in Lowestoft Library

Lowestoft [1st floor in Lowestoft Library]

Information and tips for getting the most out of your visit:

What should I do before I arrive?

Make sure that you have a clear idea of what you want to research.  Gather all your information together and use it to make a plan for what you want to look at during your visit.

Check which branch you need.  The roads in Suffolk mean that it can take a couple of hours to travel between branches so email or telephone us in advance to see if we have the records.

What should I bring?

Ideally you’ll need to bring:

  • paper or notepad
  • pencil (pens are not allowed in the searchrooms)
  • reminders of what you’re looking for
  • your reader’s ticket or ID if you need a new one

A laptop or camera may be helpful.  Availability of power sockets is limited due to the nature of the buildings and you will need to use a circuit breaker which can be issued on arrival.

Permits for self-service photography can be purchased on the day and you will be asked to complete a form recording what items have been photographed.

What do I need to do on arrival?

You will need to sign the searchroom register each time you visit one of the branches.

All bags, including laptop cases and handbags, should be placed in one of the lockers provided.  Please ask the searchroom staff for assistance if you have a bag which is too large for the lockers.

Details of how to use the indexes and catalogues and ordering documents can be found here

Using the searchrooms:

  • Smoking, eating and drinking are not permitted in the searchrooms.
  • Tracing can only be done with the permission of a Searchroom Assistant.
  • Transcripts or microform copies should be used instead of the original documents where possible.
  • Books and documents should be handled carefully and nothing should be placed on top of them.