The Hold

This section is all about Suffolk Record Office’s ambitious project to transform the way we engage people with archives in partnership with the University of Suffolk: The Hold – A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century.  The project is supported by heritage organisations across Suffolk and in April 2018 (see news here), received funding support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Hold will create a reshaped Record Office service which engages a wider range and greater number of people, as well as delivering a new, flagship heritage facility, launching people, young and old, on new voyages of discovery.

Located within Ipswich’s unique and regenerating Waterfront, The Hold will house the bulk of Suffolk’s nationally and internationally significant archives.  It will be the engine for a transformed, audience-focused service reaching out to diverse communities in Ipswich, the county and the nation, through its activity and digital programmes, engaging people in new and exciting ways.

We plan for The Hold to open its doors in 2019, in time for the 900th anniversary of Suffolk Record Office’s oldest document; the formal opening is planned for Spring of 2020.

Charter to the monks of Eye, 1119

Suffolk Record Office’s oldest treasure: the Charter of King Henry I to the monks of Eye Priory, early 12th century. Ref HD1538/7, f.38

The Hold has been supported by a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, the Coastal Communities Fund, the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership, the Garfield Weston Foundation, the Wolfson Foundation, and many more.


About the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF):

“Thanks to National Lottery players, we invest money to help people across the UK explore, enjoy and protect the heritage they care about – from the archaeology under our feet to the historic parks and buildings we love, from precious memories and collections to rare wildlife.”