"When the Olympic flag is handed from one host city to the next at the Closing Ceremony, that city begins creating its own chapter of Olympic history. At the same time, the host city is expected to leave a legacy that the Olympic Movement can build upon.”
Dr Jacques Rogge, President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), de Coubertin lecture in London.
2012 is generating many initiatives all around the UK in Sport, Culture, the Arts and Communities this summer and beyond. From venues and host boroughs to local community projects and events, these activities will deliver legacy benefits and create legacy records. The National Archives is the lead organisation with responsibility for ensuring the delivery of The Record nationally.
Based in Bury St Edmunds, Ipswich and Lowestoft, the Suffolk Record Office holds an amazing range of information about the history of Suffolk and its people. The record office is keen to hear from you about the impact of London 2012 on local communities, individuals, families, businesses, schools, groups etc. What projects and events have you been involved in and what records have you created of official and unofficial activity? We hope to build up a permanent record celebrating Suffolk’s participation in the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the Cultural Olympiad for use by current and future generations. Your information may include paper and electronic records, audio recordings, photographs and ephemera that contribute to the rich long term memory of this momentous year in Suffolk.
- Were you involved in or witness the torch relay and took photographs as it came through your community on its travels through Suffolk?
- Did your school or community organise an event to celebrate the torch relay e.g. a sports day?
- Has your business supplied goods or services for the games?
- Have you hosted members of an Olympic team or been to see them practising?
- Have you been involved in a Cultural Olympiad event e.g. Big Dance DanceEast Speigeltent, Crash of the Elysium, Margaret Catchpole, Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Suffolk Shines, Summer Reading Challenge – Story Lab etc?
- Were you involved in ringing Suffolk’s bells on 27th July?
- Will you be involved in the Suffolk Paralympic Flame Celebrations at Needham Market?
- Has your school or sports club received a grant to improve its facilities?
- Have you been involved in the Games as a Games Maker, official, opening/closing ceremony participant, coach or athlete?
- Have you developed or been involved in a project that was awarded a London 2012 Inspire Mark?
If so, take a look at our leaflet (PDF, 424Kb) to see how you can donate copies of your information to the Suffolk Record Office for use by future generations.