Suffolk Archives collect, preserve and share over 900 years’ worth of Suffolk’s history. Our collections include documents, maps, photos, and sound recordings which together tell the stories of Suffolk’s people and places.

We have three branches across Suffolk at Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.

Discover more about the Hold project here.

What do we collect and hold?

Suffolk Archives collects and holds material that is relevant to the history of Suffolk. This includes the records of:

  • local authorities and bodies in Suffolk
  • businesses, societies, institutions and individuals in Suffolk
  • published material related to Suffolk

We are legally responsible for a number of different types of records from across Suffolk, including:

  • parish, district, borough and county councils records
  • probate records
  • magistrates’ courts records
  • coroner’s and health authority’s records
  • manorial and tithe records
  • church records (baptism, marriage etc)

Some of our unique collections include:

  • oral history collection
  • Cullum library
  • Benjamin Britten collection
  • Iveagh manuscripts
  • Richard Garrett and Sons Ltd archive
  • Corder collection

Newspapers and periodicals

We provide access to a large number of historic and modern Suffolk newspapers. You can search the availability of specific papers using the Newsplan Database. We also have collections of local interest magazines and journals which are listed in booklet format with their locations.

You can suggest new local studies titles by emailing [email protected]