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The Hold

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 props from one of the Pride in Suffolk's Past themed escape room

New Escape Room series and wider events programme launched

May 28, 202112:02 pmJune 14, 2021 7:27 pmLeave a Comment

Suffolk Archives brand-new Escape Room series kicks off on Saturday 3 and Sunday 4 July with two themed rooms which allow participants to delve a little deeper into the stories of two of the fascinating individuals featured in the current Pride in Suffolk’s Past exhibition: Louisa Garrett Anderson and Nina Layard. Contestants are invited to […]

Long-awaited Pride exhibition to open

May 20, 20213:43 pmMay 20, 2021 4:18 pmLeave a Comment

The long-awaited Pride in Suffolk’s Past exhibition opens at The Hold on Ipswich Waterfront on Monday 17 May, in line with the continued relaxation of COVID-19 regulations. This will be only the second exhibition to open in this brand-new venue – which partially opened for the first time last September – and is a fantastic […]

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 […]

The Hold in 3D!

September 29, 201711:50 amMay 4, 2020 3:47 pmLeave a Comment

Until the end of October, you can see a 3D model of The Hold in the foyer of the University of Suffolk’s Waterfront Building.  It’s a fantastic way to get a sense of the scale of the new building, and how it fits into the surroundings.  Next to the model, some drawing boards show the […]

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 […]

Design Team announced

February 1, 201712:41 pmFebruary 1, 2017 12:42 pmLeave a Comment

Design Team announced for ‘The Hold’ The design team who will develop the planned heritage centre, ‘The Hold’ was announced this January by project partners Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk. Following a highly competitive tender process, world class, award winning architects Pringle Richards Sharratt have won the contract to develop the design […]

Meet Steve Gilby, our Activity Plan Officer

November 25, 201610:25 amNovember 25, 2016 1:44 pmLeave a Comment

This October, we welcomed Steve Gilby to the project team for ‘The Hold’.  Steve is our new HLF Activity Plan Officer, and will drive forward our proposals for ‘Mapping Suffolk’s Stories’ and develop an exciting Activity Plan, reaching out across all of Suffolk. Steve said, “I’m thrilled to be working on such an exciting project and […]