Global Events: Suffolk Stories

We are delighted that The Hold has just opened to members of the public with its inaugural exhibition – Global Events: Suffolk Stories. This exhibition explores how the Suffolk community has responded to different international events throughout history. Focusing on the arrival of American service people during the ‘Friendly Invasion’ of WW2, the rising tensions and public messaging of the Cold War period, and the collective community response to COVID-19 during 2020. The exhibition runs from 2 October 2020 to 10 January 2021. Booking is essential. Find out more information here: Global Events: Suffolk Stories

RAF Lakenheath

Latest photos from The Hold

Work on The Hold is now mainly focussed on the inside of the building, which is really coming together. We had a sneak preview of the site recently and the look and feel of the building is more and more apparent.

First Meeting of Countywide Teachers’ Network

School group

On 27th June, the Chair of the Suffolk Archives Foundation joined the Record Office’s Community and Learning Officers (Mandy and Hannah) to talk to KS3 History Teachers about the immense opportunities The Hold and Suffolk Record Office has to offer students in supporting their learning.

Over the coming months, Mandy and Hannah will be developing teaching resources, visit plans and experiences for teachers and students; we hope teachers will continue to support this work with valued input, review and assessment and participate in what is to become our countywide Teachers’ Network.

We want to ensure that the schools programme for the whole county supports education and curriculum needs, providing children and young people with relevant and creative cultural experiences on varying levels: visits, digital, physical resources and in their community.

In order to keep teachers aware of developments and initiate the Teachers’ Network, Mandy and Hannah will be launching a termly Teachers’ newsletter in the autumn. The Record Office will also host teachers’ networking events which will allow them to learn about opportunities at The Hold and the Record Office’s other branches, and to meet other liked-minded teachers.

If you are a teacher and would like to get in touch with Mandy or Hannah for more information, please email

A snapshot in time

Suffolk Archives Foundation Trustees David and Jane were very pleased to attend the burial of a time capsule in the curtilage of The Hold recently.

The capsule was one of 9 that were buried on February 28th at various locations around the county, to mark not only the building of The Hold but also the 900th anniversary of the oldest treasure in the Suffolk Archives – the Charter of Henry 1st to the monks of Eye.

The capsule locations were:

Bury St Edmunds

Staff from the Record Office worked with a team of Graduates from the Suffolk Graduate Partnership Scheme to engage school pupils and other groups to contribute items, creating a snapshot of Suffolk life in 2019 – to be uncovered again in 2119! Here are a selection of images from each location. More are available on the County Council’s Flickr page here.

New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership awards £250,000 to The Hold

The New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP) have awarded £250,000 towards ‘The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century’.

The grant comes from the NALEP’s ‘Growing Places Fund’ which is supporting a number of fantastic heritage projects in the region, including Gainsborough’s House, Norwich Castle and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.

Learn more about the Growing Places Fund at this page.