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Education at Suffolk Archives

The collections at Suffolk Archives are packed with things that can support learning and bring history to life.

As part of our National Lottery-supported project, we are developing a range of resources and sessions for primary and secondary schools. We are also building a brand-new archive centre on Ipswich Waterfront, The Hold, due to open in 2020.

What can we offer you?

We are hard at work designing inspiring, interactive, memorable learning experiences, based on real primary sources from our collection.

We are currently consulting with teachers across Suffolk about what they would most like to see from us. Based on the feedback we have had so far, we are working on developing resources on these topics:

Clockwise from top left; First World War soldiers in West Suffolk (K997); map of Hardwick House, 1663 (HD2418/93; Reward poster (K511/556); Initial portrait of Elizabeth I (HA528/30). 

Primary:

Secondary:

  • First World War
  • The Tudors
  • The Reformation
  • The Civil War
  • Early modern witch trials in Suffolk
  • The Black Death
  • Suffolk Suffragettes and positive female role models
  • First World War
  • Second World War
  • Migration to Suffolk
  • Support for EPQ study

Online games and downloads

Visits

We have three branches which schools can visit, in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft. On a visit, students would be able to see real historical documents, and how we look after them for present and future generations. If you would like to discuss a visit, please contact us on

Please note, all three Suffolk Archives branches are currently closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic. You can find out more on our Coronavirus update page.

The Hold

We are currently building The Hold, a new home for Suffolk Archives. This will be Suffolk’s first purpose-built archive centre, and alongside state-of-the-art document care facilities and exhibition spaces, will have a dedicated education room. The Ipswich branch of Suffolk Archives will move into The Hold, and services will continue to operate in our bases at Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.

If you would like to be among the first to visit us when the building opens, please get in touch on

How can archives benefit your students?

Using sources from the archives enables us to make learning personal to your students and the places where they live, and provides opportunities for students to ask questions, and seek out the answers.

Here’s what one group of primary schools pupils had to say after a recent session:

‘It was so cool how she had things from back in the past.’

‘I enjoyed learning about the pictures of our school a long time ago. I also enjoyed looking at the difference between things in the present day and things in the past.’

‘I enjoyed learning about our school’s history, because I like the feeling I get when I know that I am sitting right where other children say many years ago, doing similar things to what they did.’

‘I like[d] seeing what’s changed… I found out a lot.’

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