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

Suffolk Archives Coronavirus update

7 September 2021

The new John Blatchly Local Studies Library and the Searchroom for viewing original archives at The Hold will be opening by appointment from Thursday 16 September 2021.

Guidance on how to get to The Hold is available on The Hold webpage Travelling to The Hold – Suffolk Archives All three Suffolk Archives branches have received the VisitBritain Good To Go Mark in recognition of the processes we have implemented to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing in the effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19.  Therefore, the appointment system and COVID-19 safety procedures already in place at the Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft branches will now be implemented at The Hold.

Appointment bookings and reservations to view printed local studies materials in the John Blatchly Library or archives in the Searchroom will be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and will need to be made in advance.  The Suffolk Archives Service recognises customers may wish to book appointments in more than one branch.  In order to facilitate this, we have created a new appointments page on our website, which has full details on the times available at all branches, and how to make an appointment and reservations, click here.  (Please note appointments will continue to be available on Tuesdays, Thursdays and alternate Saturdays at Bury and Lowestoft).

Researchers, depositors, and owners wishing to book to view any original archives are advised to contact Suffolk Archives to ensure the material they wish to view is available and they can make a booking at the appropriate branch.

Those wishing to offer material for inclusion in Suffolk Archives collections are also advised to contact   In the future, wherever new, large collections offered to the service come from, these will initially go to The Hold for processing.

Remote enquiry, research and digitisation services are now available at the Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich, and Lowestoft branches.

There is no change to the services users can access online; they can still browse the website and search the catalogue, as well as purchase and download already digitised images.  Further information is available on our Using the Website page.

The Café, permanent exhibition area in The Street, temporary Exhibition Gallery showing the Brick History Exhibition: Walk through history in LEGO® bricks until 27 September and Shop at The Hold will continue to be open.  Look out for the new temporary exhibition on House and Home opening on 15 October as well as many other events and activities on the Public Events Programme – Suffolk Archives

All our plans are formed in line with current government and Suffolk County Council guidance and as such may have to be revised should further changes occur.

We will continue to update this page as and when anything changes, or new information becomes available