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The Hold

This section focuses on the ambitious Suffolk Archives 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 received funding support from the National Lottery Heritage 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.

The formal public opening is planned to take place in 2021.

This time-lapse video shows initial progress up to March 2019:

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If you wish to support The Hold and its activities you can donate to our joint fundraising campaign with the Suffolk Archives Foundation and Friends of Suffolk Record Office.

Our funders

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

About the National Lottery Heritage Fund (NLHF): “We use money raised by players of the National Lottery to inspire, lead and resource the UK’s heritage to create positive and lasting change for people and communities, now and in the future.”