Education at Suffolk Archives
The collections at Suffolk Archives are packed with things that can support learning and bring history to life. 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.
As part of our National Lottery-supported project, we are developing a range of resources and sessions for primary and secondary schools, alongside the development of our new building, The Hold.
The resources on these pages are all free for teachers to download, and they are fully editable so you can tailor them to your students.
If there is a topic you would like to use archive material for but which is currently available here, please get in touch with us on [email protected]
Teachers’ showcase event – 2nd September 2021, 6pm-8.30pm
Suffolk Archives are inviting teachers from across the county to visit The Hold where we will showcase the learning and educational opportunities available to teachers and students of local history and cross-curricular heritage activities for all key stages
We are also being joined by Cohere Arts in order that you can experience Witchfinder, an immersive musical promenade theatre inspired by the infamous witch finding activities of Matthew Hopkins (self-professed ‘Witchfinder General’) during the 1600s. The narrative explores themes of prejudice, difference and division within communities. Refreshments and learning resources will be provided.
Lowestoft Seaside Holidays
Online games and downloads
- Play online jigsaws made from images from our collections
- Free downloadable colouring sheets made with images from our collections
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 On a visit, students would be able to see real historical documents, and how we look after them for present and future generations.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 [email protected]
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.
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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