Suffolk Topographic Illustrations

I am researching illustrations relating to Suffolk, before c 1900, this includes drawings, paintings, engravings, etchings, lithographs and wood engravings. Basing my research on the Suffolk Illustration volumes of William Stevenson Fitch in SROI. This will provide a list of images for the county for each village and town.

I am looking for extra illustrated books, manuscripts and scarce or unusual topographic images. The illustrated list will be made available to the county and include artists, engravers, printers and publishers. Obscure and interesting artists include Isaac Johnson, Joshua Kirby, James Scales, John Kendall, George Quinton, Thomas Higham and any itinerant or unknown artists.

Topographers of interest include Edward Starkie-Bence, Cullum, Gage, Suckling, Martin, Suckling, Gillingwater, Carthew and Capper Brooke.

Any help will be much appreciated and acknowledged.

Stephen Govier, Church Hill Cottage, School Road, Elmswell IP30 9EW. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Great Bricett: successful Lottery grant

 We are delighted to announce that St Mary and St Lawrence Church, Great Bricett, Suffolk, has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £82,200 for its major roof repair and community heritage project. Made possible by National Lottery players, the project aims to build on recent research into the remarkable history of this former Augustinian Priory while completing urgent repairs to its roof.

Arland Shawe-Taylor

Sharing Suffolk Stories


Following the launch event on the 28th August, we are looking to recruit participants to delve into the archives for the 3 ‘lost’ locations.

The participants, over at least a year, will be supported in researching and in sharing the stories they find, using the creative arts. We’ve got a great delivery partner for this who specialise in sharing stories through singing, but anything goes really – drama, poetry, creative writing, artwork etc.

The Taster Days will give people a chance to find out more, see some previous examples of how archival/heritage stories have been expounded through the creative arts, and participate in some interactive exercises before deciding whether they wish to sign up (either as a researcher, performer, or both!).

The dates are as follows:

• LOWESTOFT (focussing on the Beach Village, once home to a thriving community associated with the fishing industry) = Friday, November 2nd, 1pm to 4pm – The Bethel, (Battery Green Rd, Lowestoft NR32 1DE)
• DUNWICH (once an internationally important port, lost beneath the waves as the coastline changed) = Monday, November 12th, 1pm to 4pm – Dunwich Reading Room (St James St, Dunwich, IP17 3DT)
• ALTON WATER (an area of landscape, once home to Alton Hall and Tattingstone Hall, flooded in the 1970s to create the reservoir) = Friday, November 23rd, 1pm to 4pm – Tattingstone Village Hall (School Road, IP9 2NA)

Spaces will be limited so we are encouraging people to email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to book their places.

Here’s a link to the project web page -

Kind regards and thanks,


Heritage Lottery Fund Project Coordinator
Growth Highways and Infrastructure
Suffolk County Council
Endeavour House
Russell Road
Ipswich IP1 2BX

01473 264519 / 07720210095

Ipswich School and the Great War: Events 6th - 14th November 2018


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Suffolk Record Office Lowestoft Consultation


A six-week public consultation on the future record office service went live on 21st September.  Suffolk County Council wants to develop a thriving archive service for north-east Suffolk which reflects the way people would like to access information and provide exciting new events and learning opportunities. We have a real opportunity for positive change.

The council’s vision for a transformed service, which will continue to operate from the Lowestoft library building is set out in the consultation.  Collections and materials that can be safely housed on open shelving will remain in the Lowestoft Record Office. This includes parish register transcripts, fiche and film, journals, magazines, directories, electoral registers, local studies books, printed maps etc. All of which are the reason many customers visit the Lowestoft branch already. There will also be access to digital records and digital surrogates.  Vulnerable archive collections at risk of damage or loss will be safeguarded in The Hold building (in Ipswich) from 2020, which is designed to provide state-of-the-art purpose-built storage.

This, and other information on the consultation, can be viewed at

The consultation is seeking everyone’s views on:

• Opening hours

• Events and Activities

• Collections and Digitisation

• Volunteering opportunities

The consultation will close on Thursday 1st November and feedback received will be considered and presented in a report to the County Council’s Cabinet meeting in December.

We know the collections held in the Lowestoft Record Office are of relevance to people from right across the county and would really appreciate your assistance to help us reach those interested in Suffolk’s history, archives, culture and heritage.