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.