Suffolk Record Office

Suffolk Record Office holds documents dating from the 12th century.  They also hold documents from recent periods from different associations like churches, county councils and local authorities.  These archives are available on different mediums, from documents and maps to CD-ROMs.  

Whether you want to find out more about house history, trace your genealogy or discover more about a particular village, you will find a document that will be of use to you. The documents are also useful if you are researching for a school project or completing a university degree.

The knowledgeable and helpful staff are always on hand to offer advice and assistance when required.  They have establishments in Bury St Edmunds, Lowestoft and Ipswich.

Information about Suffolk Record Office

Bury St Edmunds


Bury St Edmunds Archives 
77 Raingate Street 
Bury St Edmunds 

IP33 2AR 

Telephone Number: 

01284 741212


Suffolk Record Office - Ipswich Archives


Ipswich Records Office 
Gatacre Road 

IP1 2LQ 

Telephone Number:

01473 263909


Lowestoft Archive


Lowestoft Archives
Lowestoft Library

Clapham Road South

NR32 1DR 

Telephone Number:

01502 405357


For information regarding their collections, please visit their Collections page. Some collections are summarised on Heritage Directwhich is an on-line catalogue.  

Opening Hours at Ipswich Archives can be found by perusing the appropriate section of their website.

The Office has a car park, which is situated off Gatacre Road.

Opening Hours of Bury St Edmunds Archives can be found by perusing the appropriate section of their website.

No free parking is available in Bury St Edmunds Archive, but there is a space available for a disabled reader.

Opening Hours for Lowestoft Archives can be found by going to the appropriate section of their website.

No parking is available at Lowestoft Archive but car parks are available near the town centre.

It is necessary to book a microfilm/microfiche reader if you wish to consult documents on this medium, but you do not need to book to look at original documents. It is prudent, however, to check that the document you wish to consult is available before travelling, especially if you live some distance from the Archives.

If you are unable to visit any of the Archives' in person, a Research Service is offered. For more details of the charge made for using this service please go to the Research Service charges section of their Goods and Services Price List. 

The Archives' are members of the CARN (County Archive Research Network) 


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