The Suffolk Record Office has three branches:
- Bury St Edmunds
Use our "find your nearest" map to find the closest record office to you.
Whichever branch you visit you will find trained and knowledgeable staff on hand to advise both beginners and experts on using the records, so please ask them for assistance. Anyone can view the archives in the Record Office. We have some of the more popular records, like the parish registers and newspapers on microfilm or microfiche to make it easier for you to view them and to reduce wear and tear on the originals. Many of the materials you will be looking at are originals, old or unique so we will ask you take care when you look at them. We will tell you more about this when you visit. Look at our FAQs page for information that may be useful when planning your visit.
You can also attend one of our workshops on family or property history or come along to one of our 5 or 10 week courses. Details of all of these can be found on our events pages.
We also offer groups a chance to come and look behind the scenes at the Record Office. If your club or society is interested in a visit please contact the relevant branch for details of costs and available dates.
- Bury: Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm
- Ipswich: Monday to Saturday, 9am-5pm
- Lowestoft: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: 9am to 5.30pm; Tuesday: 9am to 7pm; Saturday: 9am to 5pm; Sunday: 10am to 4pm
Original documents cannot be produced from the strongrooms between 12.45 and 2pm on Mondays to Fridays, but the searchrooms will remain open, with full access to the microform sources and local studies materials held in the searchrooms. Researchers will be able to continue to use original documents already produced. Orders for original documents must be received by 12.45 to allow the searchroom assistants time to produce the documents before 1pm. Documents will not be produced after 5pm on Tuesday although researchers can continue to use material already produced.
We operate a system of pre-ordering original documents for use on Saturdays. To pre-order a document, contact the relevant branch by 2pm on the Friday. You may pre-order up to 12 documents per person. Ordered documents will then be available from 9.00am onwards on the following day (Saturday).
We do not produce original documents on Sundays but the searchroom is open with full access to microform sources and local studies material held in the searchroom.