Registered Charity No. 288042

Helping to preserve Suffolk’s archival heritage

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The Friends of Suffolk Record Office (FOSRO) was formed in 1983, when they played a key role in raising £250,000 to buy the Elveden manuscripts, now held at the Ipswich branch. As a registered charity, our twin aims are first, to promote the records service provided by the County Council, and lobby on its behalf, and second, to facilitate the acquisition and conservation of archival material of relevance to the historic county of Suffolk.

Since our formation, the Friends have purchased many other fine archives for the Suffolk Record Office. In many cases these might have been lost to the county without their action. For instance, we saved the Burrell collection of First World War military photographs, the manorial records of Waldringfield and the Shrubland Hall photographic collection. With others, we acquired the Joan Corder collection of East Anglian heraldic manuscripts and material from the Ickworth archives. We have also purchased many single items that have appeared on the market, such as the day book of a Layham blacksmith and a minute book of the Cosford Poor Law Union.

Please visit our acquisitions page to see images of some of the outstanding items we have secured for the county.

If you are passionate about preserving Suffolk’s archival heritage, please join us. Membership costs from just £12 per year.


Our 2019 Annual General Meeting was held at the historic Bury St Edmunds Guildhall on Wednesday 22nd May at 6.30pm.  

The AGM was followed at 7.30pm by the 2019 FOSRO Annual Lecture which, this year, was on the subject of “Secrets of the Evidence House: Bury’s first Record Office” with contributions by Bob Carr, Tony Redman and David Sherlock.

Thank you to all members and visitors who attended this memorable event.