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Suffolk Record Office

Suffolk County Council’s Record Office. We collect, preserve and provide public access to the historical archives of the County of Suffolk at our three offices in Ipswich, Bury St Edmunds and Lowestoft.

Opening Times

Suffolk Archives collects and holds material that is relevant to the history of Suffolk. This includes the records of:

local authorities and bodies in Suffolk
businesses, societies, institutions and individuals in Suffolk
published material related to Suffolk
We are legally responsible for a number of different types of records from across Suffolk, including

parish, district, borough and county councils records
probate records
magistrates’ courts records
coroner’s and health authority’s records
manorial and tithe records
church records (baptism, marriage etc)
Some of our unique collections include:

oral history collection
Cullum library
Benjamin Britten collection
Iveagh manuscripts
Richard Garrett and Sons Ltd archive
Corder collection
We also hold a number of photographic collections.

Newspapers and Periodicals

We provide access to a large number of historic and modern Suffolk newspapers. You can search the availability of specific papers using the Newsplan Database. We also have collections of local interest magazines and journals which are listed in booklet format with their locations.

You can suggest new local studies titles by emailing


Free access, paid for services

Opening Times

Monday 9.30 – 16.30, Tuesday 9.30-16.30, Thursday 9.30-16.30, Friday 9.30-16.30, Saturday 9.30-16.30