Welcome to the Suffolk Records Society

For over sixty years, the Society has been committed to producing books that bring Suffolk’s rich historical literature to a wider audience. Covering a period of 700 years these volumes of letters, diaries, maps, accounts and other archives have made a major contribution to historical studies of the county and are a useful tool for both professional and amateur historians, as well as being a source of information for anyone interested in Suffolk’s history.

Every year, the Suffolk Records Society produces at least one new book throwing light on some fresh aspect of the county’s history. There are two series of volumes, the General Series, for which we publish a regular annual volume, and the Charters Series, for which we publish occasional volumes of Suffolk charters and cartularies.

The Society’s members share a passion for Suffolk and its history and it is their support and subscriptions that have made possible this remarkable opening up of the historical landscape. Come and join us!


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The Hold

As many of you have probably heard, The Hold is Suffolk Record Office’s project to develop a new heritage centre, in partnership with the University of Suffolk.  The project is supported by heritage organisations across Suffolk and in May 2016, received initial support from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  The Hold will create a new, flagship heritage facility and a reshaped Record Office service.  Located within Ipswich’s unique and regenerating Waterfront, The Hold will house the bulk of Suffolk’s nationally and internationally significant archives.  It will also be the engine for a transformed, audience-focused service reaching out to diverse communities in Ipswich, the county and the nation, through its activity and digital programmes.  The Hold should open its doors in 2019, in time for the 900th anniversary of Suffolk Record Office’s oldest document.


A tribute to the late Joan Thirsk

Farmers, Consumers, Innovators: The World of Joan Thirsk published by the University of Hertfordshire Press (UHP) £16.99

Dr Joan Thirsk was editor of the first ever volume that the Suffolk Records Society published in 1958, Suffolk Farming in the 19th Century. She was a very important figure in agrarian history and this collection of essays were inspired and influenced by her work.  Many of the essays are based on a conference held in her honour, after her death in 2013, to demonstrate the continuing relevance of her work to modern historians.  This publication has been edited by Christopher Dyer and Richard Jones and includes contributions from historians such as Tom Williamson, John Chartres and Nicola Whyte.