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

Suffolk Archives Coronavirus update

01 March 2021  

With the government’s announcement last week (22 February) of the ‘road map’ for relaxing COVID-19 restrictions, we are investigating when the Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft branches of Suffolk Archives can reopen. When possible, it will be with the implementation of the new appointment system and COVID-19 safety procedures trialled last autumn.

The archive services at our Ipswich branch will remain closed to the public as planned until the full move to The Hold has taken place, most likely later this year. The public areas of The Hold in Ipswich will also remain closed until at least 17 May 2021.

All plans for reopening will be subject to government guidance.

Remote research and digitisation services at Lowestoft and Ipswich stopped on 8 February to enable final preparations for the move of archives. These services will restart once the moves have been successfully completed. Enquiry, research, and digitisation services provided remotely from the Bury St Edmunds branch remain unchanged.

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.  

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.