A large number of our archive catalogues can be searched and read online.
Suffolk Heritage Direct - the gateway to Suffolk’s heritage collections
Explore an amazing range of material about the history of Suffolk and its people. Suffolk Heritage Direct (external website) is a fully searchable and interactive catalogue from the databases of the Suffolk Record Office, Britten Pears Library, some museums and Archaeology Services. Includes images of objects, artefacts, photographs and documents, resources for teachers and life-long learners and key contacts for heritage organisations.
SHD - Information about the collections (PDF, 337Kb)
Quick tips for using the anytext search on SHD (PDF, 23Kb)
Quick tips for using the advanced search on SHD (PDF, 20Kb)
Access to Archives (A2A)
Access to Archives (external website) is a database containing catalogues describing archives held locally in England and Wales and dating from the eighth century to the present day. Catalogues of 1,692 Suffolk Record Office archive collections are currently available on Access to Archives. They include:
Bury St Edmunds Record Office (750 collections): borough quarter sessions, Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury boroughs, ecclesiastical parishes, family and estate collections, hospitals, many photographic collections, including the Spanton-Jarman collection, most businesses, most charities, most parish council collections, most school collections, most societies, petty sessions, rural deaneries, some Women's Institutes, the Suffolk Regiment archive, urban and rural district councils, West Suffolk Health Authority and West Suffolk quarter sessions.
Ipswich Record Office (908 collections): Aldeburgh and Eye borough, drainage authorities, ecclesiastical parishes, family and estate collections, hospitals, Ipswich borough quarter sessions, Ipswich Town Football Club, many photographic collections, including the East Anglian Magazine Photographic archive, miscellaneous collections of maps, most businesses including Garretts (engineers of Leiston), most parish councils, most Women's Institutes, petty sessions, some charities, Suffolk quarter sessions, the Iveagh manuscripts and urban and rural district councils.
Lowestoft Record Office (34 collections): Adair family of Flixton, Bungay Town Trust, some charities and Southwold quarter sessions.