Lowestoft Record Office consultation

Our consultation on an archive service for north east Suffolk ran from 21 September 2018 to 1 November 2018.

This consultation is now closed.

Why we are consulting

The process of finding a more sustainable long-term solution to look after Suffolk Record Office (SRO) collections has been ongoing since 2010. We are seeking to deliver effective services, increase digital access and work to attract new audiences. 

Maintaining a strong room for vulnerable material in Lowestoft is no longer possible as the strong room is at full capacity. It also does not have the necessary environmental protection to safeguard our valuable records.

The consultation will focus on shaping a thriving archive service for north east Suffolk, which inspires all generations to engage with our archival heritage. Vulnerable Lowestoft Record Office (LRO) collections will be safeguarded at The Hold building, which is designed to provide state of the art, purpose built, storage. Collections which can safely be housed on open shelving will remain in Lowestoft.

The new service will continue to operate from the Lowestoft library building, and we are seeking your views on the best way to reshape the service.


In January, Suffolk County Council (SCC) announced plans to change and transform the SRO service provided in Lowestoft. 

At pre-engagement workshops held in April 2018 with local stakeholders, SCC agreed to look at developing a business case with local partners for a new strong room archive storage facility for the north-east of the county. However, the conclusion is that this is not a viable option financially. 

We shall therefore concentrate our efforts on investing in wider digital access to our collections and improving outreach activity across the whole county. 

You can see full details about this consultation in the consultation document (PDF, 379KB).

Additional information

Contact us

If you have any questions about the consultation, please email LROconsultation@suffolk.gov.uk.