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Suffolk Archives Coronavirus update

06 July 2020

All branches of Suffolk Archives (Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft) remain closed until further notice.

While many of our colleagues will continue to work from home for the foreseeable future, plans are being developed to enable us to reopen our buildings and return to a more ‘normal’ service.

We will not reopen our buildings to anyone until we are confident that it is safe for all staff and users to do so.

For those staff who are based in branch and generally work directly with the collections, plans are being formed to ensure they can return to the buildings in a safe and measured way, adhering to government guidance on social distancing and increased cleanliness. We expect that this will become possible later this summer.

This should mean that we can start to reintroduce some of our services which have been harder to operate over the past three months, such as our telephone and our email enquiry service, our digitisation service and paid research requests.
Staff access will also enable the packing and preparations for the move to The Hold to begin again.

Public access to our Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft branches will follow the successful reintroduction of staff and the full testing of all new processes and safety requirements. We expect this should become possible in the autumn.

As previously planned, the Ipswich branch will remain closed to the public until the move to The Hold has taken place. It is likely that this will now have to be a phased and gradual opening.

These plans are being formed in line with current government guidance and as such may have to be revised should further changes occur.

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.

The new virtual activities introduced over the past three months, including Displays Online, Life in Lockdown, educational resources, and other activities, are still available to explore online.

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