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

Suffolk Archives Coronavirus update

02 June 2020

All branches of Suffolk Archives (Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft) remain closed until further notice.

All our colleagues are working from home and are continuing their day-to-day work as much as possible. This means our telephone enquiry service is not available and our email enquiry service is more limited than it would usually be. We are also not able to process post received at any of our branches as regularly as before; 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 that had been planned for this summer have been 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 are being kept under constant review.

Construction work has restarted on The Hold and is progressing well; however it is not yet known when the building will be able to open. When possible, this will initially be to staff to facilitate further fit out, and then subsequently to the public.

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 explore our collections through our new Online Displays section, or find out how you can get involved in recording Life in Lockdown. For teachers and educators, we have been developing our online education resources to help support learning and bring history to life, and we are keeping busy on our Twitter feed and Facebook page, encouraging conversations and sharing interesting updates from ourselves and partners across the heritage sector.

We are keeping the situation under constant review and will update this page as soon as we are able to introduce any changes.