David Dymond: We are sad to report that Dr David Dymond, one of our vice-presidents and a giant among the county’s local historians, passed away on 20 August 2021 and will be sorely missed by his many good friends within the SIAH. Please click here to read an obituary written by our president Professor Mark Bailey.   An obituary in the Guardian is at https://www.theguardian.com/education/2021/nov/26/david-dymond-obituary

Vic Gray: The Suffolk and Essex archivist Victor Gray MBE passed away on the 30 September 2021 following a short illness.  Vic’s death represents a great loss to all involved in the history and heritage of Suffolk.  He was chairman the Suffolk Records Society for many years.  An appreciation appears at https://suffolkrecordssociety.com.

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.

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