Suffolk Archives Transformation information
We are excited to be bringing an ambitious project to Suffolk, which will transform the way we engage with archives.
Set to open in Spring 2020, “The Hold: a Suffolk Archive service for the 21st Century” will create a new, flagship heritage facility, to care for and showcase our county’s records and collections. It will bring locally and nationally significant exhibitions to all Suffolk Archives branches, state of the art research facilities and more access than ever before to digital collections.
The countywide activity plan which comes hand in hand with The Hold building, enables us to deliver many more archive related events, learning activities and digital programmes across Suffolk, meaning more people can truly connect with Suffolk’s unique and fascinating history than ever before.
As part of the transformation, building refurbishments will be taking place. The information below sets out the details of when and where work is being carried out to transform the Suffolk Archives service.
In February 2020 we will be upgrading the existing Searchroom in the Lowestoft Library building. This means that the first floor Searchroom will need to be temporarily closed between Monday 3 February and Monday 2 March 2020, to allow works to be carried out safely and efficiently. Customers can continue to access the rest of the Library building as normal.
As part of this work, we will be creating an audio/visual space where visitors will be able to view digital images of prints and engravings, glass plates and photographs, and online exhibitions. They will also be able to listen to oral history sound recordings.
During this time customers can continue to browse the website, search the catalogue, or order copies online. Customers can also purchase and download digital images at www.suffolkarchives.co.uk.
E-mail services will continue to operate and our offices in Ipswich and Bury St Edmunds will remain open as normal whilst this work is being carried out. Click here to plan your visit.
On Monday 2 March the service will re-open in a transformed Searchroom space. Preparations to move vulnerable material to new bespoke strongroom facilities at The Hold will then begin, meaning that some collections will not be available to view until The Hold opens in Spring 2020. Click here to find out which collections will be available to view in Lowestoft.
On Monday 2 March, we will start the final preparations for moving archive material from Ipswich Archives to our new bespoke facilities at The Hold, located within Ipswich’s unique and regenerating Waterfront. This work involves securely packing and wrapping unique and irreplaceable items to protect them during the move.
This means the current Ipswich Archives building, located on Gatacre Road, Ipswich will close on Monday 2 March. The collections will be available to view in The Hold from Spring 2020.
Telephone and e-mail services will continue to operate as normal and our offices in Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft, which provide access to many popular countywide family and local history resources including parish registers up to 1900 and trade directories, will remain open whilst this work is being carried out. Click here to plan your visit.
Bury St Edmunds Archives
The Bury St Edmunds Archive building will temporarily close from Wednesday 15 to Wednesday 29 January inclusive, reopening on Thursday 30 January, to allow for much needed redecoration to be carried out at the Bury St Edmunds Archives.
Please note that all scheduled courses for week beginning 20 January will continue as expected, however the rest of the building will be unavailable for research purposes. If you have booked onto a course, please arrive at the entrance of the building as normal and you will be met by a member of staff.
During this time, customers can continue to browse the website, search the catalogue, or order copies online. Customers can also purchase and download digital images at www.suffolkarchives.co.uk
Telephone and e-mail services will continue to operate and our offices in Ipswich and Lowestoft will remain open as normal whilst this work is being carried out.