Archaeological Archives service

Suffolk County Council Archaeological Archive is the main repository for material found as part of archaeological fieldwork in the county.

Suffolk County Council has upheld the responsibility of collecting the county’s archaeological archives since 1974. We currently collect and curate archaeological material from all commercial and community excavations across Suffolk.

Suffolk County Council Archaeological Archive provides:

  • archives deposition service for commercial units and local heritage groups
  • material to museums for temporary exhibitions
  • material for finds handling workshops
  • access for research

Archaeological depositions

We are currently the archive repository for all commercial and community lead excavations in Suffolk. We collect all components of the archive, including:

  • Written, drawn and photographic documentation
  • Bulk finds
  • Small finds
  • Digital records

We will only accept archives which are packed in accordance to our deposition guidelines. Read the guidelines for preparation and deposition of archaeological archives in Suffolk (PDF, 1.4MB).

If you are undertaking a community project that will need archiving, please get in touch using the contact details below.

Deposition charges

There is a charge of £50 per box for the deposition of commercial archives in Suffolk. Please review the guidance above. This is a one-off charge to cover administration fees and contribute to ongoing curation and conservation costs of the archives.

For any deposition which was discussed prior to 5 January 2017 please contact Faye Minter using the contact details below.

Quotes and tailored deposition timetables (for backlogs and infrastructure projects) can be issued as required to depositing units and last one year from the date of issue. After this time the quote becomes invalid and the box fee will default to the fee advertised at time of deposition.

Any additional work needed to be carried out by SCCAS staff to ensure the archive meets depositional and conservation standards will be charged, after discussion, to the depositing organisation.

Museum loans

As an archaeological store we do not have an exhibition space open for public viewing, therefore we loan material to museums for temporary changing exhibitions. Local museums currently displaying our material include:

Further information

Find out more about collections by visiting our Heritage Explorer website

For enquiries and appointments contact Faye Minter at faye.minter@suffolk.gov.uk or Julie Kennard at Julie.Kennard@suffolk.gov.uk or call 01284 741230.