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Photograph of The Hold with a hot air balloon built of Lego bricks coming in to land

Walk through history in LEGO® bricks

July 12, 20212:40 pmJuly 12, 2021 2:43 pmLeave a Comment

Suffolk Archives is pleased to invite you on a family-friendly journey through famous historical moments, all imagined in LEGO® bricks! Brick History, the next exhibition to come to the new heritage centre The Hold, on Ipswich waterfront, opens on Saturday 17 July and runs throughout the summer until the end of September. From the dawn […]

Photograph of volunteer Jane Kirk in the revamped Tattingstone phone box

Revamped telephone box helps preserve memories of Alton Water

June 14, 20217:25 pmJune 14, 2021 7:28 pmLeave a Comment

Volunteers in Tattingstone and Stutton have been delving into the past to discover forgotten stories of the communities affected by the construction of Alton Water Reservoir in 1970s and 1980s. Part of the National Lottery Heritage Fund supported Sharing Suffolk Stories programme, volunteers on the ‘Land and Shore – Alton Water’ project have collected a […]

Big Draw 2020 competition winners

December 15, 20204:11 pmDecember 15, 2020 6:01 pmLeave a Comment

Over October half-term we ran two competitions as part of The Big Draw – one of them was inspired by Valerie Irwin’s charcoal drawings of change on the Ipswich waterfront, and the other by Richenda Cunningham’s drawings of Lowestoft in the 1840s. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to enter – […]

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 […]

Moles, Cherries and Murder

August 3, 20173:30 pmLeave a Comment

“Moles, Cherries and Murder” Our touring exhibition, exploring the story of the Red Barn Murder at Polstead, can be seen at the following venues: 1 – 5 August – Newmarket Library – see the library website for opening hours 7 – 11 August – John Peel Centre, Stowmarket – open 10am-2pm 12 and 13 August […]

Blood Red Barn

“Blood Red Barn” tickets now available

August 1, 20172:27 pmAugust 3, 2017 3:16 pmLeave a Comment

Free tickets for the staged read-through of the new play Blood Red Barn are now available from the BOYD website. Why not come along and see the most recent interpretation of the tragic tale of Maria Marten and William Corder?  The BOYD theatre group have used archives from the Bury and Ipswich branches to present a […]

Suffolk Day, 21 June 2017

June 20, 20171:39 pmJune 20, 2017 2:14 pmLeave a Comment

We hope you’ve enjoyed our look at a Suffolk archival A-Z!  We finish tomorrow on Suffolk Day itself with Z for Zeppelins! Our friends at Suffolk Libraries have selected a number of Suffolk-related titles – why not take a look to inspire your next read! Suffolk Libraries have also launched a competition as part of their Suffolk […]

Suffolk Show 2017 – A Great Day Out

May 23, 20175:45 pmLeave a Comment

If you’re visiting the Suffolk Show on Wednesday 31 May and Thursday 1 June come along and see us in the County Council tent. Record Office staff will be there with an update on The Hold and Mapping Suffolk Stories projects.  We can also provide general advice on your research and suggest where to start. This year we are hoping to collect […]