Broadcast on 10 April Lesley talks to Steve Gilbey about Mapping Suffolk’s Stories project. This project recognises the national and international relevance of the Record Office’s collections. It will use the engaging nature of historic maps as a starting point for uncovering the unique stories about the people, places and events of our county, often hidden in the archives.
The programme will see the Record Office, aided by the University of Suffolk and a group of teachers, working alongside communities to explore and promote their local heritage to new regional and national audiences.
Some groups will focus on the initial stimulus of historic maps; others in the same locality (including schools) will use the maps and new research to learn more about where they live and create contemporary responses to it.
The project’s results will be available to national audiences through an exciting, interactive mapping feature.
Mapping Suffolk’s Stories will act as the template for a new way of working for the Record Office – delivering outreach and education “out there” in communities, rather than just relying on activities delivered in branches.
It is hoped that the Hold will play a pivotal role in this project.
Broadcast on 13 March with Bridget and Louise joining Lesley in the studio. Louise talked about a seven year old boy who was an African slave given into the care of a vicar in Lowestoft. Bridget spoke about the Ipswich office with its nine miles of shelving. Bridget also identified some records held that were relevant to women’s history month, and managed to slip in a mention of The Hold.
We are thrilled to confirm that Professor Diarmaid MacCulloch has agreed to be patron of the Suffolk Archives Foundation. Diarmaid grew up in Suffolk and is one of the world’s leading religious historians. He is Professor of the History of the Church at Oxford and a prize-winning author, having written extensively on Tudor England. He has presented a number of popular history programmes on the BBC and received a knighthood in January 2012 for services to scholarship. We are very grateful to Diarmaid for lending his support to the Foundation, and look forward to working with him as our campaign takes shape.
On Monday 13th February Suffolk Record Office’s Bridget Hanley and project coordinator Amy Rushton took part in the first instalment of a monthly feature about ‘The Hold’ and Suffolk Record Office on Lesley Dolphin’s afternoon show; broadcast on BBC Radio Suffolk.
They talked animatedly with Lesley about the Record Office, Mapping Suffolk’s Stories, ‘The Hold’ and the Suffolk Archives Foundation.
This is to become a regular feature at 1.30pm on the second Monday of every month.