The Hold is Suffolk Record Office’s ambitious project to develop a new flagship heritage destination for Ipswich. It is one of the Vision’s most culturally important projects and as such has a big role to play in the exciting regeneration plans for the Waterfront.
To inspire people – young and old – to make new voyages of discovery into Suffolk’s most fascinating stories, The Hold will house a new heritage facility and a reshaped Record Office service, as the existing record office on Gatacre Road will move into the new venue. It will make Suffolk’s records even more accessible and is predicted to draw an extra 36,000 visitors to Ipswich in its first year alone.
The proposals for this special collaboration between Suffolk County Council and University of Suffolk includes a state-of-the-art archival storage system, exhibition space, education annexe, learning centre, shop, café and 200-seater tiered auditorium – designed to host an engaging programme of events and attractions.
As the new heritage centre will be built on the doorstep of the University of Suffolk campus, access to The Hold’s wealth of invaluable national and internationally significant archives is forecast to bring in an extra 100 students to the University each year.
Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund will play a major role in funding this project, which is due to open its doors in 2020 – just after the 900th anniversary of the Suffolk Record Office’s oldest document.
Contact the Ipswich Vision Coordinator