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Exhibition: Arrivals – Celebrating Migration to Suffolk

Fri 24th November 2023 – Sun 14th April 2024 at The Hold

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Suffolk has a rich history of welcoming people from all over the world, which continues to shape the culture of the county today.

Celebrating stories of arrival, community, and different cultures, this exhibition explores historical and contemporary experiences of migration to Suffolk.

Come along to find out more about stories and experiences of generations of migrants who have made their home in Suffolk.

Co-curated by Suffolk Archives in collaboration with local community groups, the exhibition features items from Suffolk’s own archive collections, as well as pieces on loan from communities across the county. Including examples of traditional dress from different cultures, accounts of migrant run businesses, and moving and inspiring oral history recordings of peoples personal experiences of migration.

The foyer of The Hold will host the new installation The Journey featuring over 120 bird models decorated by community groups, local artists, and schools to represent stories and experiences of migration, coming together to create a striking, vibrant flock.

The Arrivals project will celebrate and explore historical and contemporary stories of migration to Suffolk.

The project will run from summer 2023 – spring 2025, and is supported by a grant of £126,523 from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.

The project will include:

  • Cataloguing and digitising of some of our existing records
  • Collection of histories of ethnic minority, underrepresented and marginalised groups and individuals, who have travelled to Suffolk from overseas to make it their home
  • Research into the histories of migration to Suffolk
  • Free workshops for community groups offering training in identifying, organising, and preserving their archives
  • An exhibition at The Hold and in our touring archives trailer
  • A public events programme
  • Development of learning resources and educational sessions for schools
  • Co-creating legacies of the project with community groups

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Ipswich Tourist Guide Association Walks

Tuesdays and Thursdays: see Ipswich Tourist Guides site for dates.

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Starting Location: All walks will start at The Hold.

Times: All walks will start at 14.15. Please arrive 10 minutes early for registration. The duration of all walks is approximately 90 minutes unless otherwise arranged.

Accessibility: All walks are designed for step-free access. Assistance dogs are welcome. Other dogs cannot be accommodated.

Health and Safety: The pace of the walk will be adjusted for the comfort of all and the walk will commence with a short health and safety briefing.

Ticketing: The group size is limited to 20 paid customers. Children under the age of 12 are free. Up to 5 complimentary tickets per walk are available, at the discretion of ITGA, and can include children under the age of 12.

All walks are strictly no smoking.

Please note: walkers are encouraged to independently assess their individual walking ability, stamina and general wellbeing prior to booking onto these walks. By booking onto these walks customers accept personal risk to injury. Suffolk County Council and the ITGA do not hold personal accident insurance and participants should consider obtaining private personal accident insurance.


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