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Global Events: Suffolk Stories

2nd October – 10th January 2021

Global Events: Suffolk Stories is the inaugural exhibition at The Hold, the flagship new heritage facility for Suffolk on Ipswich Waterfront.

This exhibition explores how the Suffolk community has responded to different international events throughout history. Focusing on the arrival of American service people during the ‘Friendly Invasion’ of WW2, the rising tensions and public messaging of the Cold War period, and the collective community response to COVID-19 during 2020.

Through original archival documents, photos, music, and film, visitors can explore the similarities and differences between these three global events, and understand how Suffolk has changed as a result.

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Visiting the exhibition
All tickets for the exhibition must be booked online in advance in order to manage numbers within the Exhibition Gallery. Booking for timed slots closes 30 minutes before the start time. All group bookings must be for six people or fewer.

Face coverings are required within the Exhibition Gallery (unless you are exempt), hand sanitiser is available throughout the building, and regular cleaning is being undertaken. A one way route is in operation throughout the Exhibition Gallery, and we ask that you maintain social distancing throughout your visit. Floor markers and signage are present to guide your visit, and staff are available to assist at any time.

Please arrive at your booked time, you may be kindly asked to wait a few moments before entering as we manage all visitors entering the Exhibition Gallery while maintaining a safe social distance. Unfortunately if you miss your timed slot we won’t be able to admit you to the exhibition room. Sorry but we are unable to offer refunds for book tickets, thank you for your understanding.

Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have COVID-19 symptoms.

If you have any further questions please get in touch using  or speak to a member of staff at The Hold.

Please note, the contact details you provide when booking will be retained and used for NHS test and trace purposes.