Our current campaigns

The Hold logoSuffolk Archives has an ambitious project to develop a new heritage centre, in partnership with the University of Suffolk, called ‘The Hold’. The project is supported by heritage organisations across Suffolk and in April 2018, received funding support (see news item) from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Make Your Mark Campaign

The success of the project relies on additional fundraising from a range of sources and the Suffolk Archives Foundation is proud to be helping with these efforts, as our first major project.

Artist's impression of the entrance area of The Hold

The Hold received planning permission in January 2018 and building work commenced in the Summer of 2018. The official opening has been delayed by CoVID-19 pandemic.

More information about The Hold, including the project’s background, can be found on the Suffolk Archives website here.

Heritage Lottery Fund logo
The Hold has been supported by a grant from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.


Dr John Blatchly, 1932-2015

We are very pleased to be working with the Friends of the Suffolk Record Office on a key aspect of the vision to develop ‘The Hold’ – a library of Suffolk books, bringing together the printed history of the county in all its aspects. It will be named after one of many historians who have contributed to our understanding of our county’s past, Dr John Blatchly. Our target is £100,000 to build and fit out “The John Blatchly Local Studies Library”.

Artist's Impression

Further information and details on how to donate are given in the special campaign leaflet that can be downloaded from the Friend’s website here.

You can also donate direct online, through Virgin Money Giving.

The John Blatchly Local Studies Library will be officially opened sometime in 2021 when Covid restrictions allow.