Share your memories at ‘Oral History on The Waterfront’ event


An event to share memories of Ipswich’s historic waterfront will be held on 14 to 15 July 2017.

As part of a summer of ‘pilot’ activities associated with ‘The Hold’ project (supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund), Suffolk Record Office will be outside the Waterfront Building on Friday 14 and Saturday 15 July to capture people’s memories and modern-day impressions of Ipswich’s Waterfront.

Project partner Chronicle Digital Storytelling will also be present on both days to create a digital story from people’s memories using images and unique, printed postcards. Recording is quick and easy and people of all ages are encouraged to bring any photographs they have of the area and its characters along to help illustrate their story.

Suffolk Record Office will display a range of archives and images from their records, as well as some of the latest architectural drawings of The Hold.

Councillor Richard Smith, Cabinet Member for Finance and Transformation said:

“People will be able to browse the historic images we have assembled from our archives, share their memories and current impressions of this area of Ipswich, and most importantly of all, allow us to record their voice to preserve for future generations to listen to. We will also have the latest architectural designs for ‘The Hold’ with us for people to look at.”

The event will run from 10am until 4pm on both days. Following this, there will be a series of travelling ‘Oral History Mantelpiece’ events across the county. These will record family stories based on the treasured objects and images on their mantelpiece.

Details of these events and other events being held over the summer will be shared on the Suffolk Archives website: 

More information about Suffolk Record Office’s projects, including the new heritage centre ‘The Hold’ can be found on their website: