Suffolk Archives, Ipswich

Suffolk Record Office staff

Suffolk Archives 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.

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Opening hours

Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri, Sat 9.30-16.30 (Closed on Wednesdays and Sundays)

Admission charges

Free of charge

Additional info

There are 3 branches of Suffolk Archives- one in Ipswich, one in Bury St Edmunds and one in Lowestoft. Please visit our website for branch locations and contact details (

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The art of telling stories; turning history, memory and traces of the past into compelling fiction by Amanda Hodgkinson

  • 5 October 2019 10:30am-4pm

A box of wills, handwritten diaries, court reports, photographs, travel journals, letters in an archive. How do we turn experience – our own or others’ – into a compelling story? This one-day writing workshop will explore the connections between our past and our imagination. On this creative writing course, you’ll use our Suffolk histories to inspire strong, evocative fiction, letting records of the past prompt you into creativity. Discover how the immediacy of archives allows us to engage imaginatively and creatively with histories of individuals, places and situations in ways that can help us reflect on our own contemporary lives.

Led by Amanda, an international bestselling and award-winning writer and English and Creative Writing tutor at the University of Suffolk, you’ll develop skills in both poetry and prose writing, and learn how imaginative responses to the past can inform narrative, character development, and plot in your writing. We’ll tackle the fundamentals of good storytelling and discover the power of imaginative memory when connected to the past.

Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own packed lunch.



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5 Week Course: Intermediate Latin Palaeography Part 2 with Dr Kate Jewell

  • 29 October 2019 10-11:30am

In-depth study of how to read different classes of document, written in Latin, common from the 13th through to the 17th centuries. Some knowledge of Latin and experience of palaeography is necessary



Suffolk Archives, Ipswich
Gatacre Road




01473 263909

01473 263910

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