The Hold – Suffolk Archives Services

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The £19m state-of-the-art archive centre located on Ipswich’s Waterfront was officially opened by HRH Prince Richard, The Duke of Gloucester, in September 2021.

It offers space for visitors to enjoy the county’s historic collections, as well as a café, shop, exhibition gallery, teaching spaces shared with the University of Suffolk.

Suffolk Archives’ collections span 900 years of history, from the oldest document — a Charter of King Henry I granting churches and property to the monks of Eye Priory from around 1119 — to Black Lives Matter protest placards from 2021.


The Hold – Suffolk Archives Services




– 18 direct and indirect full-time jobs created
– 2 paid trainees
– 6 construction industry interns
– 141 new volunteering opportunities
– 6 apprenticeships and graduate traineeships
– 5 work experience placements in partnership with local colleges and 6th forms
– GVA of £3.6m pa by 2020


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