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The Hold

What is The Hold? 

 The Hold will offer a bespoke home for the majority of Suffolk’s unique archival collections, as well as state-of-the-art public facilities and teaching spaces for the University.  More than just a building, it will drive a countywide programme of archives-inspired activities and events, and will transform the way the Archives Service reaches communities around Suffolk with its outreach work. 

 It is a partnership project between Suffolk County Council, the University and has received funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund.  It is supported by charities the Suffolk Archives Foundation and Friends of Suffolk Record Office. 

 What are the benefits it will bring? 

 Some of these unique archives will be put on display in the exhibition area for the first time, making it much easier to view records in the new centre. The Hold is expected to attract thousands of visitors each year, seeking to research local history, find out about their families, or to take part in events and activities. Even more people will access these stories online and through new digital programmes. The project will also offer school groups and adult learners positive and stimulating learning experiences. 

 For the University, The Hold will support research, teaching, and public engagement. The archives will allow researchers from different disciplines to engage with the social history of Suffolk, and help to interpret Suffolk’s rich heritage for today’s audience. The purpose-built lecture theatre and seminar rooms will provide the University with contemporary learning spaces that will feed into research-inspired teaching. There will be opportunities to promote our activities through the use of the building and its public spaces. 

 As well as using The Hold on a day-to-day basis as a unique resource, students across a wide range of subject areas will be able to engage with The Hold through ‘live projects’ e.g. marketing, design, photography.  Work placements and a range of traineeships for students will also be available. 

 What is the proposed timeline? 

 Building work will begin this summer and The Hold is scheduled to open in early 2020. 

 Where will The Hold be located? 

The Hold will be located on North Campus. The building to the left of the car park exit barrier (P Block) will be demolished and The Hold will run to Fore Street.


Image courtesy of Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects

Where can I find out more?

This page will be kept updated as well as The Hold page on the Suffolk Archives website https://www.suffolkarchives.co.uk/the_hold/