Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds

Suffolk Record Office staff

Suffolk Record Office holds an amazing range of information about the history of Suffolk and its people.

Some of the records go back to the 12th century, but not everything is old. You'll also find items from recent times relating to individuals and a wide range of organisations, such as churches, chapels, schools, hospitals, clubs and societies.

Each branch has a substantial collection of Local Studies material.

Venue Type:

Archive

Opening hours

Open 9.30am-4.30pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday. Closed Wednesday and Sunday

Admission charges

Free

Additional info

There are 3 branches of Suffolk Record Office - one in Ipswich, one in Bury St Edmunds and one in Lowestoft. Please visit our website for branch locations and contact details (www.suffolkarchives.co.uk)

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
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10 Week Course: “Portraits of Ladies” from James to Spark: Changes in Fictional Approaches to Women by Ulrike Horstmann-Guthrie

  • 17 January 2019 From 10am

New perspectives on a variety of once well-known works of fiction in the light of literary and social developments of the last few decades: Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (1881), Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928), Iris Murdoch, The Bell (1958) and Muriel Spark, A Far Cry From Kensington (1988).

Admission

£75

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

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5 Week Course: Palaeography Beginners by Clive Paine

  • 14 January 2019 From 2pm

Clive’s revolutionary new method of teaching you how to read ‘old handwriting’ will equip and enable you to read those wills, inventories, letters and parish documents in your research. If you have puzzled over strange letters in documents or wondered what a Quisshion was - then this is the gentle introduction to the subject that will build your confidence and skills.

Suitable for

  • 16-17
  • 18+

Admission

£37.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

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5 Week Course: George Orwell and Southwold: Starting Out as a Writer 1927-1934

  • 15 January 2019 10am-12pm

In 1927, after serving as a police officer in Burma, Eric Blair returned to his parents’ home in Southwold determined to be a writer.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£37.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk

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"To relieve need and distress”: The Story of East Anglian Almshouses. A talk by Sarah Doig

  • 26 January 2019 From 10am

Almshouses have a long and rich history, stretching back to our medieval monasteries. She will also take a look at the differing styles of architecture as well as dipping into the various rules and regulations the inhabitants had to adhere to if they were to keep their highly-prized place in the almshouse!

Admission

£7.50

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Women in Trade and Business. A talk by Gill Blanchard

  • 2 February 2019 From 10am

Learn which sources to use to find out more about women’s working lives and where to locate records locally, nationally and online. Find out about legal and practical impediments facing women in the workplace and how these changed over time.

Admission

£7.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

Suffolk Record Office Bury St Edmunds

The Railway Comes to Suffolk. A talk by Clive Paine

  • 16 February 2019 From 10am

However the most important line was between Ipswich and Colchester, promoted by the Cobbold family of Ipswich, which opened in 1846 and provided the first Suffolk to London link. Cobbold’s Eastern Union Railway Company next extended its network to Bury St. Edmunds in 1846 and via Haughley to Norwich in 1848-9. This talk concentrates mainly on the Ipswich to Bury line and examines the aims of the Company; the problems and progress of the venture and the expected and actual impact of the railway.

Admission

£7.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

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5 Week Course: The Parish, its Officials and their Documents

  • 25 February 2019 2-4pm

A chance to examine the records created by each official and how they can be used by local and family historians.

Suitable for

  • 18+

Admission

£37.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk

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5 Week Course: A Grand Tour of the Norfolk landscape by Caroline Holmes

  • 12 March 2019 From 10am

Far from flat the history of five Norfolk landscapes is one of royal peaks and innovative troughs. A Grand Tour of cutting edge designs and horticultural revolutions. Roots back to Harold, Earl of East Anglia and King of England continuing with our present Queen. Shoots that shock such as Damien Hirst.

1. Two monarchs and two queens – Blickling Hall
2. Thomases and Edwards - the Cokes of Norfolk
3. Walpole to Damien Hirst - Houghton Hall
4. Sheringham Hall – Reptons at home and his enchanted fairy tale
5. Royal Sandringham House

Admission

£37.50

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The Rise and Decline of the Victorian Reading Room in East Anglia. Talk by Sarah Doig.

  • 23 March 2019 From 10am

In this fascinating talk, Sarah Doig tells the story of the rapid rise of village reading rooms in the mid-nineteenth century, born out of a desire by the rich landowners and churchmen to provide an alternative to the public houses for the labouring class. She will outline the life of the reading room from the perspective of the user and of the managers. And we will hear of the reasons for the equally speedy decline of the reading room in the twentieth century.

Admission

£7.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

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Behind the Scenes of Who Do You Think You Are? A talk by Gill Blanchard

  • 30 March 2019 From 10am

Find out how the show is prepared, the research process and how the celebrities learn about their ancestors. With specific reference to Gill’s research for and appearances on the Mary Berry and Jonnie Peacock episodes.

Admission

£7.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

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Whatever Happened to Hardwick House? A talk by Clive Paine

  • 6 April 2019 From 10am

Hardwick House, to the south of Bury, where the West Suffolk Hospital stands, was the home of the Cullum family from c1615 until 1921, when George Gery Milner Gibson Cullum, the last owner dies. The estate was entailed, but there were no male heirs, so the property reverted to the Crown. The estate was sold in lots at a series of auctions, until only the house was left. Using the Cullum family archives, newspaper reports and a wonderful series of photographs, it is possible to have a virtual walk around the house, see its collections of books, china, furniture, sculptures and paintings, just before the final act of destruction.

Admission

£7.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

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The Maharajah Duleep Singh, Queen Victoria and Suffolk. A talk by Clive Paine

  • 4 May 2019 From 10am

He became a favourite of Queen Victoria and her Children. He purchased Elveden Estate in 1863 and rebuilt the Hall in an Indian Style in 1871. He ended his life in exile and disgrace in Paris, yet Queen Victoria remained a loyal friend even sending a representative to his funeral at Elveden in 1893. This talk traces the relationship between Queen Victoria and Maharajah using photographs, illustrations, letters and local and national archives.

Admission

£7.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

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Assington Workhouse. A talk by Ray Whitehand

  • 11 May 2019 From 10am

For this talk Ray will be joined by the owners of this important Listed building. Ray will summarise the story of parish workhouses in the county, before moving onto the history of the workhouses in Assington. The second half sees the owners of the property bring the story up to date, with tales of an exceptional lady resident, and of mysticism and voodooism. After presenting their plans for the future, Ray and the owners will then end the session with a question and answer session.

Admission

£7.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

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Cedric Morris - Irises and Beyond. A talk by Caroline Holmes.

  • 1 June 2019 From 10am

The artist Cedric Morris (1889-1982) and irises are encapsulated in his paintings of his former home and gardens at Benton End near Hadleigh where, following a devastating fire in Dedham he relocated the East Anglian School of Painting and Drawing. A legacy of 100 of his works was donated to Gainsborough’s House Museum in 2017. We will explore his zest for life, plantsmanship and pupils.

Admission

£7.50

Website

https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/

Suffolk Record Office, Bury St Edmunds
77 Raingate Street
Bury St Edmunds
Suffolk
IP33 2AR
England

Website

E-mail

bury.ro@suffolk.gov.uk

Telephone

01284 741212

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