Our Winter lecture programme starts on 10th November 2018 with a talk by Dr Spike Bucklow, on “Alchemy and Colour, The Paston Treasure”


The Paston Treasure: Riches and Rarities of the Known World

A major exhibition at Norwich Castle Museum & Art Gallery from 23 June to 23 September 2018, organized in partnership with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, USA.

The exhibition reunites, for the first time in three centuries, rare 17th century works of art and objects originally featured in a large (166.8 x 247.5cm), mysterious painting The Paston Treasure.

Painted by an unknown Dutch school artist, circa 1663, the painting’s unique and cryptic subject continues to mesmerize and puzzle art scholars and historians.

Featuring an array of exotic treasures from around the world, as well as animals and people, the painting chronicles a fraction of what was once one of the greatest private art collections of 17th century England, amassed by Norfolk’s Paston family, famed for their medieval letters.




National Lottery funding approved for ‘The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century’ 

A National Lottery grant of £10.3m to create a flagship heritage centre for Suffolk and transform people’s access to their archives, was announced yesterday.

The money, awarded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), will see the completion of The Hold beside the Ipswich Waterfront and launch an exciting and people-focused future for Suffolk’s archive service.

A big thank you to everyone who has supported our project 'The Hold: A Suffolk Archives Service for the 21st Century' for which Heritage Lottery Funding was confirmed yesterday.  We are immensely grateful to our staff, volunteers, donors and stakeholders for helping us reach this huge milestone.  Thanks to the Lottery's support, we are looking forward to delivering a huge range of archive-inspired events, activities, and new learning opportunities across the whole of Suffolk!

On 23rd January 2018.

Dr John Ridgard, historian and researcher; John will be fondly remembered also as a teacher of local history, medieval Latin and palaeography to many people involved in local history in Suffolk and beyond.

We understand that the funeral will be at Seven Hills Crematorium, Ipswich, Wednesday 14th February at 1.30pm

NAHRG Summer Conference now booking

Prehistoric East Anglia Sat 21st July at UEA

In memory of Peter Robins and Trevor Ashwin (two much-missed Norfolk historians)

Speakers include Sarah Percival, Katharine Walker, Frances Healey, Christopher Evans and Andrew Lawson

Further details from Tony Bradstreet see www. http://nahrg.org.uk/ events

or email: enquiries @ nahrg.org.uk

Rev Canon Richard Norburn RIP

On 15th November 2017. Richard Norburn, a staunch supporter of SIAH, Council member and adviser on the Grants Committee. Obituary to follow.