The Suffolk Archives statement on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its services is available to read here.

Suffolk Archives Coronavirus update

3 November 2020

Public access
Following the government announcement on Saturday 31 October, the Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft branches of Suffolk Archives will be closed from the evening of Wednesday 4 November. We plan to reopen in early December, but this will be subject to government guidance.

There is no change to the archive services at our Ipswich branch, which will remain closed to the public until the full move to The Hold has taken place, most likely in early 2021.

Our new building, The Hold, will remain open for University of Suffolk staff and student access on days in which the auditorium and seminar rooms are in use. On all other days, the building will be closed.

The front of house areas at The Hold in Ipswich will be closed from Thursday 5 November to the beginning of December. This includes the exhibition gallery, our archive inspired displays, the shop, café, toilets, and Changing Place facility. Visitors with an existing booking for the Global Events: Suffolk Stories exhibition will be contacted individually.

Staff access
Many of our colleagues will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future. However, a limited number of staff can continue to access some of our buildings. We will endeavour to continue with a remote enquiry, research, and digitisation service, while also continuing with preparations for the move to The Hold, but this may be subject to change.

Online services
There is no change to the services users can access online; they can still browse the website and search the catalogue, as well as purchase and download digital images. Further information is available on our Using the Website page.

All our plans are formed in line with current government and Suffolk County Council guidance and as such may have to be revised should further changes occur.

We will continue to update this page as and when new information becomes available.