Welcome to the website of the Suffolk Institute

The Suffolk Institute of Archaeology and History, founded in 1848, is Suffolk’s largest and oldest archaeological and historical society. For a century and a half it has played an important role in encouraging and publishing research on Suffolk’s past.

Membership of the Institute is open to all, and brings many benefits:

  • Proceedings: the Institute’s annual journal contains authoritative articles by national and local experts on recent research about the history and archaeology of Suffolk and a round-up of archaeological work in the county for the year.
  • Newsletter: issued twice a year, this will tell you about lectures, courses and books, as well as the Institute’s own programme of events. It also contains short articles by members.
  • Excursions: summer excursions to sites of archaeological and historical interest are led by experts, and give an opportunity to see and learn about places often inaccessible to the general public.
  • Lectures: in the winter speakers of national and regional repute can be heard at lecture meetings.
  • Field Group: this provides an opportunity to learn about and participate in practical work. The group has close links with the Suffolk Archaeological Service and with local museums.
  • Library: members may borrow books from the Institute’s library, housed at the Bury St. Edmunds branch of the Suffolk Record Office.
  • Publications: members can buy the Institute’s publications and back numbers of the Proceedings at a reduced price.

Suffolk's Story

Browse our interactive map and learn about 650,000 years of Suffolk's history ...