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Visitors enjoying displays in The Hold

Reflections on 2020

February 18, 202112:20 pmFebruary 18, 2021 12:21 pmLeave a Comment

This time last year, we were only just starting to realise that something strange and worrying was on the horizon, and none of us could have foreseen what was in store for 2020 and how hard it would prove to be. At Suffolk Archives we have certainly found it challenging to adapt to so many […]

Suffolk Archives, NLHF and OUTing the Past Festival logos

Outing the Past Webinar

February 2, 20213:00 pmFebruary 18, 2021 12:29 pmLeave a Comment

We are excited to announce that Suffolk Archives is taking part in OUTing the Past, The Festival of LGBT History 2021 for the first time this year. Suffolk Archives has developed a countywide programme of activities to engage more people than ever before with Suffolk’s archival heritage. One of the largest initiatives is ‘Sharing Suffolk Stories’, […]

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, […]

Photograph of the certificate awarded to Suffolk Archives by the Military Child Education Coalition

Military partnership rewarded

November 19, 20209:30 amDecember 23, 2020 9:24 amLeave a Comment

Between October 2019 and May 2020, Suffolk Archives worked with the 48th Fighter Wing at RAF Lakenheath, the Department of Defence Education Authority (DODEA), and Performance and Pen storytelling, to create a special project which would explore young people’s experiences of arriving and living in Suffolk. In early November 2020, the partnership was thrilled to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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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 […]

Taking off over Suffolk 

April 17, 20209:23 amApril 17, 2020 10:41 amLeave a Comment

We don’t often think of the Victorians as being the type of people who would prioritise fun and enjoyment. They are, however, the people who created many of the parks and recreation grounds we still enjoy in our towns today.  One such park is Alderman Road Recreation Ground in Ipswich, close to Portman Road Stadium, […]

The Suffragettes in Lowestoft

April 2, 20205:15 pmApril 17, 2020 9:24 amLeave a Comment

During digitisation work this intriguing photograph of a women’s suffrage meeting in Lowestoft came to light. The photograph was taken using a glass plate negative, and helpfully the date it was taken and the names of two of the women on the stage were scratched into the image before it was developed. The image shows […]