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.

Some of the records we hold 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.  We preserve them all - from parchments to CD-ROMs - and keep them safe for when you want to see them.

How to use and find your nearest office

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Suffolk Heritage Direct

Explore an amazing range of material about the history of Suffolk and its people.  Suffolk Heritage Direct (external site) is a fully searchable and interactive catalogue from the databases of the Suffolk Record Office, Britten Pears Library, some museums and Archaeology Services.  It includes images of objects, artefacts, photographs and documents, resources for teachers and lifelong learners and key contacts for heritage organisations.

Useful links

Ancestry (external site - Ancestry Library Edition can be accessed for free from computers in Suffolk Record Office branches but not from home)

Find My Past (external site)

19th Century Newspapers (external site)

Online reference resources (external site - for other subscription databases such as Who's Who and the Dictionary of National Biography)

Local studies books (external site - can be found on Suffolk libraries catalogue)


What is in the section

A Sporting Chance

Survey of sports records in Suffolk in 2012

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Buy a Print

Welcome to Buy a Print - a service which offers a range of attractive prints selected from our collections for you to buy.

  1. Buy A Print: Suffolk Towns and Villages
  2. Buy a Print: Country Animals
  3. Buy a Print: Fruit and Flowers
  4. Buy a Print: Information on ordering, sizes, price, delivery and the terms and conditions
  5. Buy a Print: Military prints
  6. Buy a Print: Suffolk Churches
  7. Buy a Print: Suffolk Maps
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Contact Suffolk Record Office

Where we are and how to get in touch

  1. Bury Record Office
  2. Ipswich Record Office
  3. Lowestoft Record Office
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Diamond Jubilee Celebrations

Be part of history...

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Details of courses, talks, walks and workshop sessions arranged by the Suffolk Record Office

  1. Archives Explored
  2. Courses
  3. Free Events at Lowestoft
  4. Free events at Bury
  5. Free events at Ipswich
  6. Hands on History Sessions
  7. MDR Project
  8. Talks and Walks
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Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Suffolk Record Office

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Holiday Opening Hours

Details of the Suffolk Record Office opening hours during holidays

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How to use the Suffolk Record Office

Information about leaflets, online catalogues and other resources that will help you when using the Suffolk Record Office.

  1. Leaflets and Resource Lists
  2. Local studies collections
  3. Military Archives
  4. Online Catalogues
  5. Recent accessions
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Services provided by Suffolk Record Office

  1. Copying Services
  2. Free Searchroom services
  3. Parish register copying service
  4. Research service
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The Record

London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Cultural Olympiad

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Family history

Guidelines on how to trace your family history

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Which branch do I need?

Guidance on which branch you need for your research

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