COVID-19 impact

Owing to the COVID-19 pandemic, all branches of Suffolk Archives are currently closed. More information can be found on their website:

In terms of the impact on The Hold, excellent progress with the construction work had been made before the lockdown occurred, but unfortunately work had to completely stop at the end of March. Work should be starting again week commencing April 27th, using appropriate guidelines and social distancing measures. Suffolk Archives currently expect the building to reach completion over the Summer, but this is subject to change as there may yet be further developments or restrictions introduced by the government.

As well as construction work being delayed, the lockdown has delayed the preparations to move staff, equipment, furniture and collections into the building. It is not possible to estimate exactly when this work may resume again, but Suffolk Archives hopes staff will be able to access and use the building alongside the University at the beginning of the new academic year in September, depending on the COVID-19 situation. It is still very hard to set timeframes for public access, as this will be dependent on government guidance regarding the relaxing of the lockdown, gatherings of larger groups of people, and social distancing recommendations. Suffolk Archives will post updated information to their website as it becomes available, so be sure to visit

interior The Hold - photo: R G Carter
photo: R G Carter