David Dymond, M.A., Ph.D., Hon. D.Litt., F.S.A., President


The Society regrets to announce the death of its president, Dr. David Dymond, on 20th August, in his 89th year.  He became our president in 2012, following on from Norman Scarfe and served the society faithfully with his leadership, scholarship and advice, all of which will be sorely missed.  For fifteen years he was co-ordinating editor of our annual volumes as well as being a contributor to them and to our Charters volumes.  In 2020 he was honoured with a Festschrift which includes a list of his publications, no less than twenty-three books and fifty-eight articles.  Two more articles since then dealt with minor place-names in Suffolk and the game of camping in Eastern England.  He was the first chairman of the Bury St. Edmunds Society.  He was the vice-president for the Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History and vice-president for the British Association of Local History.  His interests in local history extended well beyond his adopted Suffolk.  He began his career as an investigator in the York branch of the Royal Commission on Historical Monuments.  A fuller appreciation of his life’s work will appear soon on our website and in our next volume.  We offer our condolences to his family.

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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.

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