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Suffolk Record Office

Based in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft, the Suffolk Record Office holds an amazing range of information about the history of Suffolk and its people. Whatever aspect of Suffolk you want to look into, the record office contains all kinds of material that will help you. 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 the
County Council, local authorities, churches, chapels, estates, schools, hospitals, businesses, families, clubs and societies.

Opening Times

The Suffolk Record Office collects and holds material that is relevant to the history of Suffolk. This includes the records of:
â—¦local authorities and bodies in Suffolk
â—¦businesses, societies, institutions and individuals in Suffolk
â—¦published material related to Suffolk

We are legally responsible for a number of different types of records from across Suffolk, including
â—¦parish, district, borough and county councils records
â—¦probate records
◦magistrates’ courts records
◦coroner’s and health authority’s records
â—¦manorial and tithe records
â—¦church records (baptism, marriage etc)

Some of our unique collections include:
â—¦oral history collection
â—¦Cullum library
â—¦Benjamin Britten collection
â—¦Iveagh manuscripts
â—¦Richard Garrett and Sons Ltd archive
â—¦Corder collection

We also hold a number of photographic collections.


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