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.

Whatever aspect of Suffolk you want to look into, the record office contains all kinds of material that will help you.  We collect records from all kinds of sources including businesses, churches and individuals.  The records consist of many different types including accounts, diaries, photographs etc and come in a variety of formats including tapes, digital files, photographs, paper and parchment. 

Leaflets and Resource lists

Suffolk Record Office has a number of useful leaflets which provide information about different types of records, how to get started in researching your family or property history and other aspects of the record office service.  

Online catalogues

Find out how you can get access to our archive catalogues using a variety of online databases.

Local Studies collections

The Local Studies collection consists of books, newspapers, oral history tapes, pamphlets, periodicals, press cuttings, printed maps and sale catalogues.  The Cullum library collection is held at the Bury St Edmunds Record Office and the Benjamin Britten collection is held at the Lowestoft Record Office.  Many of our local studies titles are catalogued on the library catalogue.

Recent accessions

Summary descriptions of archives deposited with us since October 1996.  Not all of these items have been catalogued so it would be advisable to contact the relevant branch before making a journey to see a particular collection.

Military archives

Information about the Suffolk Roll of Honour, the Suffolk Regiment Collection and how to find other records relating to the military history of Suffolk. 

Business archives

All three branches hold business archives, some of which are detailed in the leaflet on business archives.  The catalogues of the collections listed here can be searched on the Access to Archives website (external). 

Audio tape collections

Please note that we are currently unable to play audio tapes in the searchrooms. We have taken this decision for preservation reasons as we do not want to risk damaging any of the collections. The long-term plan is to digitise the remaining cassette tapes but we do not currently have a time-scale for this. If you wish to access one of the tapes please contact the archivist at the relevant branch with the full details, including reference number.  We can then check if the tape has been digitised. Branch contact details can be found here.




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Leaflets and Resource Lists

Suffolk Record Office has a number of useful leaflets which provide information about different types of records and how to get started in your research.

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Local studies collections

An introduction to the local studies collections held within the Suffolk Record Office

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Military Archives

Information about collections and leaflets that will help with research on military history

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Online Catalogues

Find out how you can look for records relating to Suffolk using online resources

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Recent accessions

Summary descriptions of archives deposited at Suffolk Record Office since October 1996.

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