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The Hold

The Hold will be the new home for Suffolk Archives’ Ipswich branch, safely housing the bulk of Suffolk’s nationally and internationally significant archives. 

With more than 900 years of the county's rich and diverse history to discover, when it opens this exciting new building will allow people of all ages and backgrounds to step inside and discover more about where they live and their own heritage.  

The Hold will be open to everyone, offering not only archives specific services in the searchroom, library, and education room, but also state-of-the-art public facilities and teaching spaces for staff and students from the University of Suffolk. An exhibition gallery, café, shop and garden will complete the visitor experience.   

The Hold is a partnership project between Suffolk County Council and the University of Suffolk. It has received funding from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, other national organisations, and local Suffolk heritage groups.