All Suffolk Archives branches are closed. Please see here for further information

Suffolk Archives Coronavirus update

06 April 2020

Following government advice regarding delaying the spread of Coronavirus, all branches of Suffolk Archives (Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft) are closed until further notice.

All our colleagues are working from home and are continuing their day-to-day work as much as possible. However, this does mean our telephone enquiry service is no longer possible and our email enquiry service is more limited than it would usually be. We are also not able to access any post we have received at any of our branches; please let us know by email if you have sent us something urgent.

During this closure we are unfortunately unable to offer a digitisation service, including providing quotations for digital orders. At present we are also unable to complete paid research requests and we may not be able to process permissions to reproduce requests.

While we are closed users can still browse the website and search the catalogue, as well as purchase and download digital images. Please visit the Using the Website page for further information.

All Suffolk Archives events planned up until the end of June 2020 are cancelled or postponed. This includes the summer programme of talks and workshops at Bury Archives, which was scheduled to run until mid-July. Dates and details for all Suffolk Archives events will be kept under constant review.

We are sorry for any inconvenience caused by the above changes. We have made these difficult decisions with the health and well-being of all archives users, staff and volunteers in mind.

Archives staff have come up with lots of ideas to help us ensure that people are still able to enjoy some of the wonderful collections that we are lucky enough to look after on behalf of the people of Suffolk. You can read more about some of the activities we have already introduced on the Life in Lockdown webpages; we hope that these will provide joy and distraction during these difficult times.

A new campaign is also under way on our Twitter feed, encouraging partners across the heritage sector to share interesting examples from their collections and displays using a series of daily hashtags – look out for a #MondayMemory, some interesting #TuesdayTrivia, or a visual treat with #FridayFlora&Fauna, among others.

We will keep the situation under constant review and provide updates as soon as is appropriate and possible.