Mapping Suffolk’s Stories

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Suffolk Record Office has an exciting programme of activity in the pipeline to run alongside the development of The Hold.  The programme, called “Mapping Suffolk’s Stories”, recognises the national and international relevance of the Record Office’s collections.  It will use the engaging nature of historic maps as a starting point for uncovering the unique stories about the people, places and events of our county, often hidden in the archives.

The programme will see the Record Office, aided by the University of Suffolk and a group of teachers, working alongside communities to explore and promote their local heritage to new regional and national audiences.

Some groups will focus on the initial stimulus of historic maps; others in the same locality (including schools) will use the maps and new research to learn more about where they live and create contemporary responses to it.

Detail from map Ref: HB26/10975/189

Detail from map Ref: HB26/10975/189

Detail from map Ref: HD88/4/1

Detail from map Ref: HD88/4/1

Detail from map Ref: X6/6

Detail from map Ref: X6/6

John Norden's survey of 1601 - the earliest representation of the Sutton Hoo mounds. Ref: LRO/629/1

John Norden’s survey of 1601 – the earliest representation of the Sutton Hoo mounds. Ref: IRO/V5/22/1

Detail from map Ref: HA30/378/2

Detail from map Ref: HA30/378/2

The project’s results will be available to national audiences through an exciting, interactive mapping feature that will appear here on this website.

“Mapping Suffolk’s Stories” will act as the template for a new way of working for the Record Office – delivering outreach and education “out there” in communities, rather than just relying on activities delivered in branches.

Interested in your community taking part? Please email: stephen.gilby@suffolk.gov.uk