The Hold

This section is all about Suffolk Record Office’s ambitious project to develop a new heritage centre, in partnership with the University of Suffolk: The Hold.  The project is supported by heritage organisations across Suffolk and in May 2016, received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.

The Hold will create a new, flagship heritage facility and a reshaped Record Office service, 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 also 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 Hold should open its doors in 2019, in time for the 900th anniversary of Suffolk Record Office’s oldest document.

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.

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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.” www.hlf.org.uk