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Call for contributions to new Pride exhibition

November 22, 20202:51 pmLeave a Comment

Sunday 22 November marks the birthday of Benjamin Britten. As well as being one of the most celebrated British composers of the 20th century, he was also an inspirational contributor to Suffolk’s LGBTQIA+ History – so what better reason to announce the next stage in Suffolk Archives’ Pride in Suffolk’s Past project? This detailed project, […]

Suffolk Archives and the Big Draw competition

Creative family fun this half-term with Suffolk Archives

October 23, 202010:00 amNovember 10, 2020 1:39 pmLeave a Comment

Suffolk Archives has teamed up with The Big Draw Festival to run two competitions during the October half-term break (26 Oct – 1 Nov 2020).    The two drawing competitions, one countywide and one focused on Lowestoft, are planned around the festival theme, ‘A climate of change,’ and are inspired by unique items from the Suffolk Archives collections.    Countywide competition  This challenge, ‘Capturing change’, asks both children […]

Market day on Market Hill with St Peter's in the distance c.1930

Discovering Sudbury’s markets

October 15, 20205:20 pmOctober 15, 2020 5:27 pmLeave a Comment

A new local history project is aiming to investigate the role that Sudbury’s markets have played in the development of the town, as well as how they are changing today to meet modern needs. ‘Markets of the Past and Present’ is a new joint project from Suffolk Archives and the Sudbury Ephemera Archive, which will […]

Visitors enjoying displays in The Hold

The Hold welcomes first visitors and opens inaugural exhibition

October 5, 202010:00 amNovember 10, 2020 12:37 pmLeave a Comment

Monday 28 September saw the public able to access The Hold, Suffolk’s flagship new heritage facility on Ipswich Waterfront, for the first time, in line with the start of the University of Suffolk’s new academic year.   This versatile new building is to be the permanent home of the Suffolk Archives Ipswich branch and is shared with the University of Suffolk, who have dedicated teaching spaces within the building.   […]

Ipswich Town Heritage Society launch new touring exhibition with Suffolk Archives

ITFC UEFA Cup 40th anniversary

September 30, 202010:00 amNovember 10, 2020 12:33 pmLeave a Comment

To mark the fact that  Wednesday 30 September is National Sporting Heritage Day, Suffolk Archives and the Ipswich Town Heritage Society have launched a new partnership aimed at celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Ipswich Town Football Club winning the UEFA Cup in 1981.    The partners will co-create a brand new touring exhibition, which will visit community groups, football clubs and […]

Extract from Bury Free Press

Remembering VJ Day, 75 years on

August 12, 202010:00 amNovember 10, 2020 12:22 pmLeave a Comment

Saturday 15 August 2020 was the 75th anniversary of VJ Day in the UK, marking Victory in Japan at the end of the Second World War.   With celebrations often centred around VE Day earlier in the year, this period of the Second World War is sometimes overlooked, but it is important to remember that the war between the Allied Forces and Japan continued until August. In fact, on VE […]

The garden entrance of The Hold

Key milestone for The Hold

July 20, 20204:32 pmLeave a Comment

Today (Monday 20 July) marks the practical completion of The Hold on Ipswich Waterfront and the ‘handover’ of the site to Suffolk County Council. When finished, The Hold will be the new home for Suffolk Archives’ Ipswich branch, safely housing the bulk of Suffolk’s nationally and internationally significant archives. This is a key milestone for […]

Suffolk landmarks for Suffolk Day

June 18, 20203:00 pmNovember 10, 2020 12:14 pmLeave a Comment

This year Suffolk Day is set to be a little different to usual; instead of the range of events and activities that we would usually be encouraged to join in with, this year we will be celebrating from home. Over the past few months of ‘lockdown’, we have been challenging you to get creative and […]

Rebecca Harpur, Volunteer Engagement Coordinator says 'thank you'

Cheers to our Volunteers!

June 2, 20203:28 pmLeave a Comment

This week we are marking what would have been Volunteers Week by saying “Cheers to our Volunteers”, who from June 2019 to June 2020 gave over 5,000 hours of their time. We choose to work with volunteers because they help us bring our archives to life; from supporting the archivists in their work to make […]

Bundle of letters

From Dunkirk with love

May 22, 20203:01 pmMay 22, 2020 3:02 pmLeave a Comment

The incredible tale of a letter finally delivered, 80 years late 80 years ago next week, as the British army retreated towards Dunkirk, a group of young soldiers wrote letters to their loved ones sharing tales of their experiences and memories of home. One soldier, Harry Cole, who sadly never returned from Dunkirk, wrote a […]