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About the Centre for History and Heritage

The Centre for History and Heritage acts to dovetail the work of historians and those interested in histories and historical narratives with the resources made available in The Hold – the newly appointed base for Suffolk Archives.  The Centre offers opportunities for historical research covering all aspects of our holdings from maps to medical records; from personal correspondence to court records.   

Crucial to our ethos is our sense of our heritage and place within Suffolk and the yielding narratives of our landscape and location in the broadest sense. The Centre seeks to inspire cross-collaborative dialogue in order that the recorded past might be a conduit to exploration and creativity.

Our small team of committed academic staff in History and Humanities work collaboratively with colleagues across a range of discipline areas and with students and visiting scholars to promote the dissemination of ideas through theory, application and practice.  Together we promote the value of research-led teaching from the first year of undergraduate study forward; our values are consistently reflected in our exceptional teaching record and provide a rich basis for research activity.

PHOTOGRAPH CAPTION: Maria Marten's Cottage, Polstead, from an old engraving.  From the Leonard Sewell Collection. The story of the 'Red Barn Murder' in 1827, is still remembered today probably due to the grisly end of her murderer, William Corder.  After he was convicted he was hung at Bury Gaol, his body dissected and put on public view, and his death mask also exists. An account of the trial was bound with a piece of Corder's pickled skin.  [mid 19th century]