Registered Charity No. 288042

Helping to preserve Suffolk’s archival heritage

Registered Charity No. 288042
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The Friends of Suffolk Archives (FOSA) was formed in 1983 as the Friends of Suffolk Record Office (FOSRO), when they played a key role in raising £250,000 to buy the Elveden manuscripts, now held at the Ipswich branch. As a registered charity, our twin aims are first, to promote the records service provided by the County Council and second, to facilitate the acquisition and conservation of archival material of relevance to the historic county of Suffolk.

Since our formation, the Friends have purchased many other fine archives for the Suffolk Archives (formerly the Suffolk Record Office). In many cases these might have been lost to the county without their action. For instance, we saved the Burrell collection of First World War military photographs, the manorial records of Waldringfield and the Shrubland Hall photographic collection. With others, we acquired the Joan Corder collection of East Anglian heraldic manuscripts and material from the Ickworth archives. We have also purchased many single items that have appeared on the market, such as the day book of a Layham blacksmith and a minute book of the Cosford Poor Law Union.

Please visit our acquisitions page to see images of some of the outstanding items we have secured for the county.

If you are passionate about preserving Suffolk’s archival heritage, please join us. Membership costs from just £12 per year.


Annual General Meeting

Thursday 25th November 2021 at 7pm

This year’s AGM will be held virtually via Zoom. Members should have now received notification of the meeting together with details on how to register to attend. Papers for the meeting are to be found here.

Official opening of The Hold

Tuesday 14th September 2021

FOSA Chair, Sarah Doig, was delighted to be among the privileged guests who attended the official opening of The Hold by HRH Duke of Gloucester.

The Hold is a new heritage centre on the waterfront in Ipswich, with facilities including a purpose-built exhibition gallery, café and multipurpose education room. It houses the Ipswich branch of Suffolk Archives which includes the John Blatchly Local Studies Library and the invigilated searchroom.