Suffolk Archives Foundation

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Suffolk Archives Foundation is supporting the project to deliver a purpose-built state of the art building on Ipswich Waterfront called the ‘Hold’. The Hold will store, display and interpret our treasured archives bringing them to

life and making them accessible to many more people and particularly children. The Hold is a project about enabling the 900 years of history stored on 9 miles of shelving in Suffolk’s three record offices to be brought alive

The archives held in care by Suffolk Record Office are of both personal, national and international significance. Archives represent more than their face value, understanding our history and heritage can help us understand ourselves and work together for a better future. This amazing resource could be exploited to everyone’s interest to a much greater degree.

The Hold will be the engine for a transformed, audience-focused service reaching out to diverse communities in Ipswich, the county and the nation, through its activity and digital programmes, engaging people in new and exciting ways.

The Hold is aiming to open its doors in 2019, in time for the 900th anniversary of Suffolk Record Office’s oldest document. 

Charity No:   1170463

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