Registered Charity No. 288042

Registered Charity No. 288042
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Helping to preserve Suffolk’s archival heritage

The Friends of Suffolk Record Office were 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 have acquired, for the Suffolk Record Office, the Iveagh collection of manuscripts, 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 what we do page to see images of some of the outstanding items we have secured for the county.

Regrettably, as values for historic material rise, so does its appearance in salerooms, and raising funds becomes more difficult. We have made grants to purchase equipment to supplement that from the County Council, as well as now contributing to funding professional cataloguing of material. Many of the Friends volunteer active support too, be it conservation tasks, indexing or labelling, and helping the professional staff.

If you, too, are passionate about preserving Suffolk’s archival heritage, please join us. Personal membership costs just £12 per annum.



Friday 5th May 2017 at the Unitarian Meeting House, Churchgate Street, Bury St Edmunds from 6pm to 6.30pm

There will be a Special General Meeting of the Friends of Suffolk Record Office on Friday 5th May primarily to: approve the accounts for the period 1st August 2015 to 31st December 2016; approve the change to the financial year; and to amend part of the constitution relating to the timing of the Annual General Meeting.

The agenda can be downloaded here, the current constitution here and a copy of the unaudited accounts here.

The Special General Meeting will be followed by refreshments and a raffle and then, at 7pm, by an illustrated lecture by Dr Nick Amor based on his latest book “From Wool to Cloth: The Triumph of the Suffolk Clothier”. This talk is open to non-members at a cost of £6 per head. Further details, including a booking form and contact details, can be downloaded here.

We look forward to welcoming members and visitors to what will be an enjoyable and informative evening.