Talks and Walks

Details of the talks and walks offered by Suffolk Record Office

All talks are £5.50 per person, walks are £5.00 per person.  Please note that the talks should be booked in advance through the relevant branch.  Contact Suffolk Record Office for further information.


Bury St Edmunds in Victorian Photographs

Clive Paine

Saturday 25 October 10.00am Bury St Edmunds

Come with our Town Guide as we step back in time to visit streets, buildings and churches of Bury. Using photographs from the 1860s to the early 1900s, including images from the Clarke-Spanton Jarman collection, we relive some of the events and discover some of the changes brought to the streets of Bury.

Bonfires and Bells: festivity and the landscape in Medieval Suffolk

Dr Kate Jewell

Saturday 25 October 10.30am Ipswich

Many people in Medieval Suffolk were dependent upon the agricultural landscape. Using fifteenth and sixteenth-century documents, this talk explores the ways in which they used festivals and rituals to protect the landscape and ensure its ongoing fertility. It also explores how important festivity and rituals were for legal issues concerned with landscape.


Charity Schools in Suffolk

Clive Paine

Saturday 1 November 10.00am Bury St Edmunds

Charity schools proliferated after the founding of the SPCK in 1699. Using records from local schools in Bury, Ipswich and Ampton we will investigate the motivation for the wealthy to establish schools for children of the poor, how the schools were financed, the mixed curriculum, teaching materials and methods and the career prospects of the pupils.

We have our King again, our laws again, and Parliaments again - the Restoration of Charles II

Dr Deidre Heavens

Saturday 1 November 10.30am Ipswich

With the return of monarchy in 1660 came the attempt to restore the old political and religious order to its position on the eve of the first English Civil War. Using surviving town and parish records this talk will explore what was happening in Suffolk during the late 1650s and early 1660s.

Introduction to Suffolk Record Office

Louise Kennedy

Friday 7 November 10.00am Ipswich

Through this talk you will be introduced to the work of Suffolk Record Office and the origins of Ipswich collections. Knowledgeable staff will walk you through the searchroom and give you a guided tour of the strongroom. You will have the opportunity to look through specially selected archives.

Small Beer: beer and brewing in Georgian Suffolk

Dr Pat Murrell

Saturday 8 November 10.00am Bury St Edmunds

Brewed on a small, medium and large scale, beer retained its position at this time as the national drink - seeing off the gin menace, and yet to be eclipsed by tea. Based on a range of sources, this talk highlights the Georgian origins of the Cobbold and Greene King commercial breweries as well as production at the domestic level, and by local publican brewers.

Mutiny and Rebellion: the Jacobite Cause

John Sutton

Saturday 8 November 10.30am Ipswich

Few people today realise that Ipswich witnessed the first Jacobite rebellion. In March 1689 a Scottish infantry regiment - the famous Royal Scots - mutinied after hearing an inflammatory sermon by a rabid nonjuring clergyman called Thomas Alexander at St Mary-at-the-Tower. They rampaged through the streets of Ipswich proclaiming their Jacobite loyalties to the recently deposed James II. What happended next ?

St Edmund - King of East Anglia and Patron Saint

Clive Paine

Saturday 15 November 10.00am Bury St Edmunds

Edmund, King of East Anglia, was martyred for his faith in 869. His head was guarded by a wolf, then reunited with his body and buried nearby. When exhumed c.903 he had not decomposed and the head and body were one again. He was moved to Bedericesworth, where c.1030 King Cnut built a stone church and established a monastery to honour the saint. The abbey grew to be one of the largest and wealthiest in England and Bury became one of the major pilgrim destinations. This talk examines the closing events of Edmund's life, his death.

Life in late Stuart and Georgian Suffolk

Dr Pat Murrell

Saturday 22 November 10.00am Bury St Edmunds

A look at some of the county's people, places and events through a wide range of documentary sources and contemporary illustrations in the company of a historian who has studied the subject for several decades.


A Victorian Christmas in Suffolk

Clive and Christine Paine

Saturday 6 December 10.00am Bury St Edmunds

Illustrated by lantern slides, extracts from local newspapers, advertisements and readings from Suffolk authors and Charles Dickens, Clive and Christine give a dramatic performance in Victorian costumes (made by Christine) tracing the components of a real Victorian Christmas.

Bookings should be sent to the relevant branch of the
Suffolk Record Office.