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Suffolk landmarks for Suffolk Day

June 18, 20203:00 pmSeptember 23, 2020 1:30 pmLeave a Comment

This year Suffolk Day is set to be a little different to usual; instead of the range of events and activities that we would usually be encouraged to join in with, this year we will be celebrating from home.

Over the past few months of ‘lockdown’, we have been challenging you to get creative and build your favourite Suffolk landmarks out of Lego bricks. Well what better excuse than Suffolk Day to renew this request and encourage you all to help us showcase our fascinating county in a different and unique way?

To try and give you some inspiration that is a bit different, we have selected a few engravings from the PT Print Collection that is held at Ipswich Archives. This fascinating collection dates from about the 1730’s and contains prints, engravings and etchings collected to capture the built landscape of Suffolk.

So what would you like to build? You could keep it simple, with a cottage such as Robert Bloomfield’s home shown above next to the church in Honington, or try to recreate a well-known landmark, such as Framlingham Castle, also above.

Or perhaps you’d like to challenge yourself to represent a historical view? It can be surprising to see how much some of our familiar views have changed; one of these engravings, shown below, shows East Gate in Bury St Edmunds, with a bridge in the foreground. Maybe you could you build a ‘then’ and ‘now’?

Or if you are really looking for a challenge, what about taking the engravings of Butley Priory as your starting point – create the complete building and then gradually dismantle to create the ruined version (below).

The opportunities are endless – we’d love to see what you come up with! Share them with us on Twitter (tag us @SuffolkArchives) or Facebook (find us @SuffolkArchives) for a chance for your pictures to feature in an exciting new exhibition at The Hold next year.

Follow us on social media this weekend to see other examples of this collection, as well as some examples of landmarks that have already been submitted.

Written by Jennie Hutchinson

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