Suffolk Cultural and Heritage Organisations

The entrance to The Hold

The Hold — Suffolk County Archives

What is The Hold?

In partnership with the Suffolk County Council the University of Suffolk have developed the Hold – a new, purpose built research centre for our Waterfront Campus.

The treasures of the Suffolk Archive will be moving to The Hold for Spring 2020 and our students will have direct access to primary source material.  

We already have a network of staff, students, volunteers and friends who are making the vision a reality, as a student of Suffolk you have a unique opportunity to work with research material on-site as an undergraduate as well as postgraduate.


Our partnership with The Hold enables students to apply their knowledge in practice.

The Centre offers bespoke partnerships aligned to our History provision to develop and enhance your research skills.

In addition, we offer various opportunities for all students across a broad range of discipline areas which are designed in partnership with the Suffolk Archive to enhance and develop your working knowledge whilst you study. 

Our activities are shaped around you and your schedule for maximum benefit and include work shadowing, student placements and volunteering.

Learn how you can get involved right now

The Long Shop Museum – Founded in 1984 it’s a cluster of historic buildings in Suffolk market town of Leiston dating from 19th century.

The Food Museum – Began in 1967 as volunteer-run rural life museum, today in 2022 is a food museum where you can grow,make and eat.

Ipswich Museum – Ipswich Museum opened in 1881 – purpose built for the education of working classes in the natural sciences.

Boxted Airfield Museum – Construction of the airfield started in 1941. The first mission from Boxted was to bomb Woensdrech airfield in Holland. The RAF is now in control.

Rougham Airfield – Rougham Airfield operates as both an open-air event space and as an airfield for light aircraft using a grass runaway

Bentwaters Cold War Museum – The museum is based in the former USAF hardened command post on the former Bentwaters airfield

Framlingham Castle – Roger Bigod is granted the manor of Framlingham in 1086. The castle was first a timber fortress. In 1189-1215 the castle was rebuilt with stone walls.

Bawdsey Radar Tower – On 24th September 1937, RAF Bawdsey became the first fully operational Radar station in the world.

Thetford Warren Lodge – Thetford Warren Lodge was probably built around 1400 by the Prior of Thetford. This defensible lodge protected gamekeepers and hunting parties against armed poachers.

The Hadleigh History Society – The society was formed in 1982 by a group of local people hoping to share an interest in the history of this ancient town.

Long Melford Heritage Centre – Long Melford Trust is a small inspiring local charity run by volunteers who are passionate about Long Melford and its history.

Christchurch Mansion – One of Suffolk’s most treasured buildings, this beautiful Tudor mansion is the jewel in the crown of Ipswich’s historic past.

Sutton Hoo – In the summer of 1939 a discovery was made beneath the earth in quiet corner of Suffolk on the east coast of England.

St John’s Abbey Gate – This pinnacled gatehouse, elaborately decorated in East Anglian 'flushwork', is the sole survivor of the wealthy Benedictine abbey of St John.

RAF Honington – RAF Honington in Suffolk is the home of RAF Force Protection who are responsible for protecting the RAF at home and abroad.

Fulbourn Village History Society – Fulbourn is a large village of over 6000. Archaeological evidence shows habitation of the area dating back to Neolithic period.

Basildon Natural History Society – The society formed in 1968 has been a powerful voice for wildlife conservation om Basildon for fifty years.

Ickworth – An estate created by the Hervey family and encircled in layers of history, landscape, people and classic architecture.

Leiston Abbey – The mainly 14th century remains of an abbey of Premostratensian canons. Amongst Suffolk’s most impressive monastic ruins.

Orford Castle – The unique polygonal tower keep of Orford Castle stands beside the pretty town and former port which Henry II also developed there.

Landguard Fort Felixstowe – Landguard Fort dominated the navigable channel on the northern bank of the River Orwell.