Education at Suffolk Archives

The collections at Suffolk Archives are packed with things that can support classroom 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: A True Relation of the Arraignment of eighteen Witches…; A female worker at F. Tibbenham’s aircraft factory, Ipswich, during the First World War (HC403/1);

Primary:

  • Comparing past and present
  • Toys through time
  • Second World War
  • Victorian school life

Secondary:

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

CPD for teachers

We will also be offering CPD for teachers to show how archive material can be used to engage students and provide memorable learning experiences.

The first CPD session we will be co-delivering is now available to book: How to Discover and Explore your Local History will take place on Monday 30 September at Ancient House Museum in Thetford – find details and book here

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 On a visit, students would be able to see real historical documents, and how we look after them for present and future generations.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 archives@suffolk.gov.uk

The Hold – opening spring 2020

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 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 next spring, please get in touch on archives@suffolk.gov.uk

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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