The Suffolk Archives statement on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its services is available to read here.

Displays online

Explore Suffolk Archives from home with our brand new online exhibitions. We will be digitally sharing highlights from our collections, community work, and volunteer activities.

Check back regularly for new exhibitions, and you can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates and more highlights from our collections.

Class of ’81 Online Taster!

Class of ’81 Online Taster!
Get a little taster of our Class of '81: following Ipswich Town to UEFA Cup victory touring display which will hit the road this summer!

Take the Thick with the Light

Take the Thick with the Light
Sharing works and reflecting from the Take the Thick with the Light project which combined history, stitching, and wellbeing through the WW1 letters of the Stopher family.

Pride in Suffolk’s Past

Pride in Suffolk’s Past
Get an online taster of our exhibition Pride in Suffolk's Past: Sharing LGBTQ+ stories past and present

Basil Brown

Basil Brown
Basil Brown is famous for his career defining discovery of a largely undisturbed Anglo-Saxon Ship burial at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk. Here at Suffolk Archives, you can delve into his personal notebooks, diaries and photographs to discover more about the man behind the treasure.

Takeover Day – Suffolk in WWI

Takeover Day – Suffolk in WWI
Pupils from St Christopher's School in Red Lodge share their take on First World War photos of Suffolk

The Herd Community

The Herd Community
The Creative Change group ran online creativity sessions during COVID-19. The ‘Herd Community’ elephants  made from recycled plastic milk bottles became really popular. Watch the videos and have a go at making your own at home.

Global Events Virtual tour

Global Events Virtual tour
Explore the Global Events: Suffolk Stories exhibition online with interactive images, audio, and film.

‘Workin’ on those airdromes’

‘Workin’ on those airdromes’
Discovering the experiences of Black American servicemen in Suffolk during the Second World War

From parchment to pigment

From parchment to pigment
From minerals and metals to plants and pulp, how did people in the past  make all of the things that we look after in our collections today?

The road to VJ Day

The road to VJ Day
75 years on from VJ Day, we explore the stories of Suffolk men who were taken prisoner in the Far East and how our county marked the end of the Second World War.

Suffolk Staycations

Suffolk Staycations

Take a look back at some ‘stay at home’ holidays from the past. From trips to the Victorian seaside to caravanning in the 1960s, you can explore what holidaying was like in Suffolk before air travel became popular.

With Love from Dunkirk

With Love from Dunkirk
Explore a collection of extraordinary letters written by men of the 1st Suffolk Regiment serving with the British Expeditionary Force in France between 25th and 27th May 1940, during the British army’s retreat towards Dunkirk. For some, it would be the last message they sent to family and friends; not all of the letters’ authors made it home.

VE Day 75

VE Day 75
Suffolk Archives marks the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe (VE) Day when Germany surrendered during the Second World War. Through images, audio, and newspaper extracts explore how Suffolk marked this day in 1945.
‘I have three homes’: Life as an American military child in Suffolk

‘I have three homes’: Life as an American military child in Suffolk

Using records from Suffolk Archives as a starting point, students from American military schools in Suffolk share their perspectives on living in the UK, and what it’s like to make multiple moves around the world during your childhood.